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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2011: 25th Anniversary Version

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

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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Fermented with Champagne yeast.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (2210) - - DEC 27, 2015
Draft. Cloudy gold with a white head. Smoke, burnt sugar, caramel, toast, oak and light citrus. Medium thin mouthfeel and light carb. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (18633) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Draft. Hazy to cloudy deep amber color, white head. Aroma of burnt caramel, orange peel. Taste has butterscotch, plum, vanilla, booze. Tasty. Definitely a sipper.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Johnsense (1119) - - NOV 13, 2015
Amber pour with no head. Crazy aroma, dried fruit, oak, cherry. Dark cherry and lighter tobacco notes, oak. Medium body, low carb.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadRobin (2540) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 12, 2015
On tap 4 oz. sampler at Pizza Paradiso in DuPont Circle, Washington, DC. Lightly hazy dark amber with an off-white head and very good lacing. Aroma of sherry, raisins, plums, toffee , alcohol, brown sugar, complex dark fruit, stone fruit and oak. Taste of brown sugar, alcohol burn, huge toffee, raisins, plums, stone fruit, oak, a kitchen sink, more brown sugar and sherry. None of that is anywhere near being subtle. Full/medium body and low/medium carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (7519) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2015
bottle a couple bottles, had to share one with Champ at the Gman .. pours a deep brown Splinter rat .. foam from the foam gods, big .. . mouth is lively as expected but not overly bubbly .. soft dark molasses and syrup .. this one should age nicely, iíll revisit in 5 years .. . . I know what Iíve said about paper mache in the past, but for the sake of our country, and to shut up Milton Street, I am willing to put aside my contempt.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1466) - sacramento, California, USA - SEP 29, 2015
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours hazy. Amber. Aroma is sweet. Taste is slight roasted malts with some booze. Great beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (8292) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 27, 2015
2011 Bottle from Binnyís South Loop. Pours cloudy golden with a huge beige head and a fruity aroma. There is a full-bodied dark fruit and fermented molasses flavor that finished dust dry and bitter. Very strange, but fun to sip.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (17458) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 24, 2015
Bottle from The Beer Junction, Seattle; 4 years old
Amber color, hazy, with small head. Good malty British Barley Wine, more expressive in the aroma than flavor, moderately sweet, with soft vanilla and cookie dough hints, but Iím less impressed than I used to be in the past with the excellent Harvest Ale. The alcohol can be perceived.
Nice, nothing more.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (11165) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2015
750mL bottle, pours an opaque orange amber with a huge beige head. Aroma brings out caramel, dried dark fruits and yeast. Flavour is complex, with champagne yeast, English caramel malt, and some dark fruit. Impeccably complex -- the champagne yeast blends wonderfully with the English malt and caramel. Really nice stuff. A beer of wonderful complexity.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarlacc83 (1595) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2015
Tap at Apex. A: Red shaded gold, thin white head. N: Sherry, oak, some funk, toffee, and a hint of glue. T: Sweet and lightly tart. M: Medium body, crisp carbonation, alcohol is restrained. O: Canít say I enjoyed this one all that much. It doesnít really seem like a barleywine at all - as if the yeast knocked out all the body.


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