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

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: 13   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Fermented with Champagne yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lectvay (73) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 4, 2013
On tap at Bittercreek Alehouse. Smooth, warm, sweet. A really nice, well-balanced barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 6/20
Hanoi (296) - - FEB 5, 2014
Nose is yeast, malt, straw, slight honey. Taste is very earthy, grain, leading to raisin, caramel, ash, vanilla, apple and a strange flat note, that I can not place. Mouthfeel is rich. An interesting and complex beer, but there is a strange note in it which I find off putting. Half way through I decide I do not like it very much and it is a chore to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EtTuCthulhu (898) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2013
The aroma is reminiscent of caramel malts, figs, earthy yeast, and booze, and the appearance is a cloudy orange color with a small head. The taste is a wonderful mixture of a mild sweetness, a touch of bitterness, a touch of umami, and a touch of sourness, and the palate fuses a boozy finish, oily texture, full body, and a flat carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (1741) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Pours a nutty raw sienna with two fingers of fizzy off white foam. The nose has some nice bright champagne yeast fruit that mingles with rich caramel, date, vanilla and toasted malt. The palate follows with a soft well carbonated maple champagne flavor that is heightened with soft caramel, fig, rustic grain and traces of honey crisp apple and raisin...touch of bitterness on the finish that dries out nicely with the dialed in carbonation wiping the sweet notes away... lingering maple water. Tasty treat !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1576) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Draft at Memphis Taproom. Pours a murky orange with thin beige head. Nose of brown sugar, honey, tobacco, caramel, fennel seed, smoke, nail polish remover. Pretty hot, very sweet. Syrupy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olr1984 (917) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2013
12oz bottle pours a hazy amber with a very minimal tan head. Heavy oak and vanilla aroma. Taste is caramel vanilla burnt malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kimjongill (207) - - MAY 7, 2013
Light fruity aroma. Not as strong as more aged variants. Cloudy orange pour with thin white head.great malty flavor - caramel and fruit. Nice and thick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
wilnatp (508) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2014
2011 bottle. Opened and tasted 2/10/2014. Unfortunately, aging didn’t seem to improve the quality of this beer. Cloudy brown pour with almost no head. Less sediment than the 2010 we tasted side by side. Aroma of alcohol and prune. Smelled very much like a port. Taste had bitter burnt notes and was tart. Sharp mouthfeel. Finish is initially astringent but was long. Not a "Happy Anniversary" for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pepsican (1419) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2013 well damn. Marked as 25th anniversary. Big old english malt bomb with large dose of peppery alcohol and some sour notes. Almost tannic in some sort of way. What? Ugh. Not a fan of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Draft. Large off-white head atop clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some vinous, light plum, vanilla. Taste is sweet, orange, plum, some alcohol warming, light caramel, vanilla. Sticky full body, low carbonation.

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