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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: 38   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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.



3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marduk (3544) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 22, 2015
275ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Clear dark copper color. Tiny to almost no head. Sweet, raisins, woody, caramel candy in aroma. Hand made Belgian truffle chocolate with hazelnut inside is the first sip. Sweet, dusty, roast, caramel, bit woody, mild hops in taste. Burnt brown sugar and touch of hazelnuts in aftertaste. Alcohol is very well hidden. Nice bittering hops. Sips of pure nectar! Fantastic!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (10092) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 22, 2015
275ml bottle (Bacchanalia, Cambridge)
Glorious raisiny aroma, just a little dusty too. Deep orange, brief head. Pour carefully, there are horrors at the bottom of the bottle. Taste starts very sweet, quite sugary. Of course, that gives it a very smooth palate, verging towards slick. Raisins and slightly liqueury body. Burnt toasty finish, some butteriness. Dusty cocoa-coated truffle too. Later, as it builds up, there are some nice bitter hops too - quite a bite. My glass has the sinky horrors in, and was a little bit dirtier but the quirks that gave weren’t unpleasant. For a great barleywine, a little sub-par, to be honest, but still bloody good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrOrla (300) - Odense C, DENMARK - APR 15, 2015
Bottle @ Check this tasting, Odense 2015. Pours Clear amber With a bubbly head. 2008. Sherrywine, woody, fruits. Someone said celler? :) One of the best barleys ive had :) Very sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (11551) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 14, 2015
2008 bottle in 2009: This is not how it’s meant to be enjoyed, but I had to open a bottle and try. Aroma is fruity and malty with some green apple. Very sweet and rich malty flavour, a fabulous toasty crisp malt flavour. Definitely have to buy a few and save for a rainy year...

Check this tasting, Odense 2015. Hazy amber with a tiny white head. Complex malty aroma with toffee, rye bread and nuts, with dried fruits and vineous alcohol notes of port and sherry. Sweet, malty flavour with lots of dried fruit and fortified wine. A little dusty cellar note

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hallinghansen (2232) - Odense S, DENMARK - APR 14, 2015
Bottle at Czech this tasting. Unclear brownish body with a small white head. Ripe fruit, sherry, vinous, dark fruit, complex, wood, figs. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14423) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 14, 2015
Bottle @ Check this tasting, Odense 2015. Pours Clear amber With a bubbly head. 2008. Port, sherry, wood, dark dried fruit. Incredibly vinousness. Celler for sure. Complex. Sippable stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen1 (3226) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 5, 2015
Fra flaske på RBHD-treff hos OG mars-15: uklar oransjegylden med kort skum. Aroma: fiken, rosiner, dadler og (oksydert) sherry. Smaken likeså, og vinøs så det holder. Hetvin på ølråstoffer. Så mye opplevelse i en liten 0,275 flaske! Superlang ettersmak. Harmonisk, og en perfekt avslutning på nok en hyggelig kveld i harmonisk lag.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (5571) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2015
Shared 275 ml bottle at local tasting, from Voldby Købmandsgaard. Brown colour, low off-white head. Aroma of oxidised old sherry, dark dried fruits and oak. Sweet and oaky flavour, distinct notes of old sherry and raisins, decent hops in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
abemorsten (3080) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2015
Shared 0,25 l bottle at RBHD gathering, March 2015. Muddy nut golden with yeasty lumps on the bottom and no head. Pungent dates, raisins and oxidized sherry on the nose. Full bodied, heavy sweet, vanillin, oak, cellar that lasts.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (6129) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2015
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours hazy dark brown with no head at all. Floaters. Strong aroma of old oxidiced sherry, musty malts. Creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied. Taste is sweet, dried fruits, cellar, malts, complex yet easy to like, this one.


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