Brewed by J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 1065   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
Available filtered and pasteurised in 275ml dark glass bottles. Has appeared occasionally in cask.
This fully fermented strong ale has been brewed by J.W. Lees as a celebration of the brewers art since 1985. Harvest Ale can be enjoyed now or laid down like a vintage wine for enjoyment in years to come.

teorn88's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
teorn88 (6039) - Out of the EU, Greater London, - OCT 9, 2012
27.5cl bottle from Utobeer, London. 2010 vintage. It pours a slightly hazy amber/ruby colour with no head to speak. Only a tiny ring of beige bubbles that dissipate quickly. Some small floaties. First impression: I’m in for a treat. This beer smells so complex. Toffee, caramel, port wine, cognac and cherries, sherry-like. And more. Some wood and charcoal, but most of all this smell like a blend of port wine with some cognac. Amazing. Taste is complex as well but partly different. You still get the sweet toffee notes, with caramel, port and cognac. Cherry liquor as well. But there’s a bitterness-astringency similar to coffee beans and roasted wood. Cocoa nibs in the taste as well. Body is full and oily with soft carbonation. This is not a good dessert, this is beyond dessert. Outstanding beverage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minutemat (4039) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2016
2001 version @ monthly tasting at Chez Sophie, July 16, this slug-eaten rusty relic brought by Mike. Many thanks. Pours dark. Taste unfortunately is overshadowed by a few cobwebs and dust, but its syrupy christmas pudding and dark fruits character is lurking underneath. Reminds me to finally crack open my non-rusty 1999 bottle for comparison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (8518) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2016
Huge thanks to Paul for providing this vertical.

86: 537414 jammy oxidised paper, oily fruit burnt toffee

87: 637314 oily toffee, paper,

88: 637415 Dr pepper, cola toffee, caramel. Toffee

89: 537214 stale grains, oxidised soy, cola, dull palate

91: 638314 woody toffee apple jammy, earthy, strawberry cherry cola

92: 637414 oily burnt toffee mint paper, toffee, caramel

93: 534210 stale grains, toffee, oxidised, dull, lifeless, meh

94: 545312 airy old cardboard toffee, oxo, dull sweet palate.

01: 547314 oxidised burnt toffee, sweet, sticky really sweet sticky.

02: 635313 stale grains, toffee, apple dull, straw.

06: 527312 sticky toffee, brown sugars banana, chunky

07: 536411 chewy toffee,

09: 547415 tangy toffee orange, caramel, caramel, coconut

10: 638415 peanut coconut toffee, caramel, Good.

12: 647414 big toffee, burnt toffee oily, jammy sticky sweet

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WingmanWillis (130) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2016
Vertical at Chez Soapy. Big thanks to Scopey for the 20 different vintages. Pours toffee brown with somw thin head. A good mix with the 86 a little soupy but still has the aroma of fruit cake, a little honey. The 91 was a little marmite twiglet. Taste holds up pretty well with differences in sweetness across the range. Plenty of fruit cake action with honey and booze. The 2008 has a distinct spiciness to it. A good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gephross100 (136) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2016
2002 bottle caramel, bread, nuts, leather, butterscotch, vanilla, clawingly sweet. Slight oxidation. Muddy brown color.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ahuth (280) - - MAY 19, 2016
Bottled. 2013. Huge nutty smell. Pours a ugly brown but the taste makes up for it. Huge upfront taste. Sweet nutty grainy. Nice sticky palate. This is. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (12915) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2016
Bottled, 275ml, 2005 version aged 11 years. Red amber with thin head. Full on Barley Wine aroma on pouring leading to a heavy alcohol character, certainly wine like, smooth with a toffee, caramel note. Woody, vanilla notes toward the close. A big bruiser.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mbgrayson (708) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - APR 8, 2016
Brewed in 2014, in a 275 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy amber, with a thin tan head. Aroma of malts and wood. Taste is rich and thick, with notes of whiskey, wood, and sugared malts. A very nice wood aged ale. Thumbs up.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ImportBeerMan (11) - Pintsville, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2016
2015 vintage 275ml poured into a sniffer. Appearance: Hazy copper orange with minimal head. Nose: Sweet, Boozy . Mouth/Feel: Syrupy, low carbonation. Taste: Really Sweet with a port finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wombat23 (531) - Texas, USA - APR 1, 2016
Shared 9.3 oz. bottle. 2013 vintage. Pours a hazy amber with a short-lived off-white head. Nose is a cross between fresh-baked pecan pie and a nutty fruit cake. Taste is malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fruit cake, pecan pie, and some alcohol. Starts off with a solid malty base then finishes with an almost overwhelming sweetness. Very unique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
darbeer75 (396) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2016
Aroma: heavy and sweet with an initial impression of Parmesan cheese (disputed by husband); Appearance: dark amber, hazy, with thin, white head that dissipates quickly; Taste: extreme sweetness, like drinking jam; pretty unbearable; Palate: heavy bodied with long, sweet finish; Overall: drain pour.

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