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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2008

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


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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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.


   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (6633) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2016
Bottle share at Scopey’s. Many thanks to the birthday boy. We were unsure if the 2008 version we tasted corresponded to this entry on Ratebeer. Same bottle, same description. From what I can find online, it seems that it is. Only took minimal notes:

2008 - Musty, marmite, marmalade, soap. Taste is sweet lingering sugars, toffee, deep earthy malts. (3.2)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2016
[ bottle ][ 1.5oz ][ @Tasting ][ $? ][ mini snifter ][ 05.01.16 ]
hazy amber, puffy cream head laces well, moderate particulates. Sweet nose is honey, lightly dusty wood as counterpoint. Flavor similar, more papery oxidation and definite yeast elements in slightly green wood notes. Finishes sticky, of course sweet. Not burning or oxidized.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2016
12oz bottle pours a clear caramel amber with some creamy, white head. Nose has caramel, butterscotch, heavy honey comb. Flavor is dripping with agave, butterscotch, some aloe too. Sticky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (7392) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2016
Confirmed 2008 bottle at the May 1st DC tasting. Poured a dark brown, ruby color with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma was lots of raisins, sweet malts. Caramel notes. Light oxidized cardboard, not a lot of soy thankfully. Alcohol still burns here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (6106) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle at the DC RateBeer Tasting. Clear golden amber. Aromas of caramel, toffee, booze, dark fruit. Tastes of butterscotch, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, oak. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Bottle, thanks Mr Chopin. She off-white head atop yeast-flecked amber body. Aroma is sweet, caramel, some molasses, light melon. Taste is sweet, caramel, berry. Sticky full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6276) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2016
From a bottle at the DC gathering May 1, 2016. Pours cloudy copper with a scant off white head. Aroma of caramel. Flavors of toffee and fruit cake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (10593) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2016
Bottle. Pours a cloudy copper with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is dark fruit, caramel, booze. Medium mouth, candy sugar, spice, figs, boozy finish, very good, held up well.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cernjoh (183) - Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Aroma is of honey and cooked apples and raisens. Appearance is a nice clear honey gold color with a very small presence of an off white head that disappears very rapidly. Taste is of honey caramel buttery cooked raisens with a very slight earthy bitter finish. Palate is very smooth woth nice viscosity and slight carbonation. Drinks like a sherry or cognac. Overall this beer n 2015 has aged well and is much better 7 years old than when I originally had this in 2012. If you can find a bottle give it a whirl. Because of it’s age you could run into a bad bottle here and there. Mine was superb. BTW it pairs very well with a horseradish cheddar cheese. Also serve at room temp. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Poured from a bottle purchased a few years back into a snifter the color of caramel with a thin white head. Aroma says sticky sweetness. Flavor is flippin’ insanely sugared raisins slightly burnt. Carbonated. Feels smooth to the tongue. An excellent dessert brew paired with havarti. Going to savor this brew. Blessed to have another one stowed away to share with others down the road.

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