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

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
Fermented with Champagne yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (450) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2016
A massive, fizzy light tan head on an unfiltered toffee coloured body. The nose features raisins, apricots, toffee and a serious touch of acidity. The taste profile features deep toffee and caramel, which just keeps growing through the taste experience. superior. Well blended undertastes include raisins, some citrus hops, grapes and a nice hint of acidity. Smooth, rich, well integrated and not too sweet or cloying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2016
[ bottle ][ 1.5oz ][ @Tasting ][ $? ][ mini snifter ][ 05.01.16 ]
translucent copper, puffy white head drops but laces well. Leafy caramel tea, lightly green, plenty of sugar through the nose. Soft profile of course, plenty of caramel and toffee, okay with lightly green elements, and finishing with more light caramel and paper, bitterness nonexistent. Sticky and watery, toffee delivery but sweetness in check.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7515) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2016
12oz bottle pours a clear orange with a ring of white head. Nose has malt, orange, butterscotch, mild oxidation. Flavor is sweet with malt and butterscotch, honey, a little agave syrup. Finishes sweet but also fairly smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2016
Confirmed 2011 Anniversary bottle at the May 1st DC tasting. Poured a dark brown, ruby color with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma was sweet, boozy malts. Very light oxidized notes, not a lot of soy thankfully. Alcohol still burns here as well. Sipping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (6091) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle at the DC RateBeer Tasting. Clear golden amber with beige head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, butterscotch. Tastes of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, syrup, raisins. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (3862) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Bottle. It poured a copper color with an off-white head. The aroma was of some funky yeast, caramel malts and earthy hops. The taste was similar to the aroma with more funkiness, oak, yeast, citrus and a hint of champagne.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21633) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Johnsense (1363) - - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadRobin (2827) - Silver Spring, Alabama, 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

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