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

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RATINGS: 1016   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
teorn88 (1950) - London, 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (1286) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle from Booth’s in Ripon. Pours amber with a thin cream head. Full of intense maramalade flavour. Sweet and syrupy at first before the marmalade and caramel notes. Finishes bitter. The alcohol is pleasant and warming. Interesting, different and really good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phikus (59) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
2011. This is a lot lighter than any other barleywine i have had.Aroma of raisins caramel and fruit. The taste is toffee like fruitiness, mustiness very little hop presence except for balance. Rather sweet almost cloying. I prefer american barleywines

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (583) - SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2014
2006. Really nice nose. Still very fresh& pure.Rich. Such density yet still remarkably supple.Such density. So much from the centre. Dark crystalline reddy rich brown. Brown sugar quality with a honey roasted nut quality. So rich. Outstanding.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1313) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle of the 2010. Hazy light brown with some suspended matter, small pale head. Aroma is raisins, dates, honey, dried fruits, orange peel. Full bodied, lightly sticky on the palate, well balanced. Taste is orange peel, caramel, pomegranate flesh, candied apple, brown sugar.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danlo (1230) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
275ml bottle, 2002 vintage, from Tuckers Maltings. Pours a dark copper brown colour with a very thin beige head. Aroma of malt, toffee, caramel, molasses, dark fruits. Sweet malty flavour, with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, honey, raisins, plum and some lingering nutty and earthy grassy light bitter notes. Thick mouthfeel, full bodied, soft carbonation, residual sweet and dry nutty finish. Very sippable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"sampled 2001 and 2008 vintage together 11/27/10. 01 pours dark, 08 is golden. both smell incredibly sweet, the former being in aroma and flavor like booz soaked raisinettes. the 08 smelled very good, but had a very odd off-putting component to the flavor. not too hot, like it needed age, but like something was in there that just didn’t fit. can’t quite put a finger on it, but the 01 was definitely better. don’t think i like this enough to bump it from 101 into the top 100, and at the price (almost a buck an ounce) there are better sippers, and better barleywines out there, though this was good. 01=4.0 08 = 3.6

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EddieG1 (13) - Louisiana, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Nice golden brown color with rich aroma. Sweet raisin, prune, caramel taste balanced against barley, with subtle sourdough finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (4529) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2011 - Caramel, prune, raisin and pecans. Cloudy golden orange with a thin white head. Toffee, prunes and plum with a light bitterness that finishes light and sweet. Not as well rounded as longer aged bottles, but still nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3315) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Paid a crazy price for a 275 ml bottle at Julio’s Liquors. Vintage 2011 and I pulled this out because I was bored on a Thursday night with nothing to do. And to be honest I needed a pick me up. Not going to say what I paid for this bad Larry because I will sound like a damn fool! Aroma of dried fruits, raisins, plums, hint of alcohol, stale wheat and almost a shoe leather tone. Just a tad odd. Those crazy English malts…. I enjoyed at cellar temperature.

Has a rich sweet flavor like most barely wines yet aging has showed me another example of why I want all my Barley Wines old. It has mellowed the sweetness and cooled off the alcohol very nicely. The flavor is a great melding of raisins, caramel, molasses with toffee and old stale brown sugar. But really does oxidation of English malts give a shoe leather note? Hints of old leather and bread pudding. Even a Fig Newton cookie flavor. Lower carbonation with a sweet, syrupy mouthfeel that is not a negative. No over sweetness at all, damn easy to drink without any notable alcohol flavor or burn after the sip. Overall thoughts: This is without question a great brew but I feel like for the price it should have been mind-blowing. Even after the great flavor I feel like I over spent to purchase the bottle. I can age plenty of other Barley Wines and get the same result.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
artmcd8 (1662) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
2004 bottle shared thanks to lithy. Pours a dark golden brown color without a head. Aroma is of big vanilla and caramel with dark fruits in there. Basically smells like candy. Taste is super sweet but not overdone. Wow just really tasty stuff. Thick and syrupy with low carb.


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