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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2008

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Brewed by J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our first brew from the 2008 harvest of barley and hops. To celebrate the occasion, we selected only the very finest malted barley and the choicest East Kent Goldings hops.
Harvest Ale is brewed by traditional methods in open copper fermenting vessels to a very high original gravity, and fermented with our excellent Cervisiae yeast to produce a very special ale.

Harvest Ale is then stored to impart excellent keeping qualities and to ensure that it will mature and improve with age. The result is an excellent full bodied beer that can be enjoyed by itself or as an accompaniment to a meal.

VINTAGE LIMITED EDITION. 1ST DECEMBER 2008.



3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (1175) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2014
275ml bottle from Tuckers Maltings. Hazy dark brown amber colour, thin off-white foam head and aroma of molasses, toffee, caramel. Taste is sweet, malty, with brown sugar, toffee, caramel and a nutty, earthy, boozy note. Smooth mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, dry sweet nutty finish. Quite drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (5367) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2014
bottle from my beer cellar shared with Kermis. Thin white head. Murky amber pour. Complex aftertaste. very nice

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (5264) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Deanso. Pours yeasty chunky big floater amber brown with a small tan head. Aroma of port, molasses, honey, a light burnt aspect and sweet overripe dark fruits. Flavor is heavy sweet. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
daniele (5434) - ITALY - MAY 3, 2014
08 thanks Alex Bel ambrato lieviti in sospensione ossisata caramello marsala in bocca molto vegetale astringente ( ma come era all origine?)

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6660) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours smear clear deep amber with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly and completely. Aroma has lots of caramel notes with a bit of light fruit and a sweet grain backbone. Flavor has an interesting combination of pest, smoke and sweet grains with caramel backing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5479) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2013
28cl, Vintage 2008, English brew, from Voldby Købmandsgaard Hammel, complex brew, sweet/malty and slightly fruity, balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, good brew, yet expensive!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1860) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle 275ml. Pours clear amber with low beige head. Floaties. Aroma is of caramel, sugar, fruits, berries, alcohol, molasses. Taste is of caramel, metal, roasted malt (slightly burnt), porto, fruits, berries, sugar, alcohol, madeira. Palate: Full bodied. Good balance. Syrupy. Overall: Very good. A sipper. Slight cardboard.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (15124) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2013
13th November 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s Pad. Big thanks to Bruce for this J W Lees whale. Hazy deep amber beer with no real head. Toffee, maple syrup, nuts and light dried fruits. Touch of cinnamon and a whisper of mellow brandy. Light dry finish. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6915) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle thanks to Bruce! It pours deep amber with a small beige head. The nose is honeycomb, toffee, maple syrup, dried fruit, juicy, oily, spice and fruit cake. The taste is hot cross buns, honey, honeycomb, dried fruit, warming alcohol, wood, marshmallow, toffee and cinnamon. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Delicious, oily, dessert beer. The quintessential British barley wine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (8746) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle shared at my 5K tasting at Bruce’s pad, huge thanks to our host with the most for unearthing this whale, 13/11/13. Murky orange amber with floaties and a topped with a moderate beige covering. Nose is big dark fruit notes, spice, dark toffee, light booze, Xmas cake, treacle, lightly roasty malts. Taste comprises burnt sugars, nutty tones, dark toffee fudge, caramelised sugar, dates, stewed prunes, figgy pudding. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, no heat at all, sweet finale but not overbearing. Great drinking BW for the ABV and holding up very well indeed, great stuff.


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