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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: 30   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Fermented with Champagne yeast.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tonkun (1209) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Tap at ambulance. Hazy and syrupy orange brown pour. Lemon, syrup, medicine. Lemon tea with honey. Full body. Syrup like. Very sweet. Like a dessert wine

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerdedDave (880) - - JUN 1, 2015
on tap in Washington DC; cloudy amber color; sweet malt aroma; fantastic, sweet malt flavor with light spice notes; dark fruit notes; complex flavor; warm alcohol notes

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theothermatt (281) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2015
This is almost guaranteed to be drank too young, but there is goes anyway. This is super sweet and nutty. Cereal grains, raisins, plums, and brown sugar. I think that this needs another few years of aging before itís really ready to drink my next bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCaptMatey (188) - Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Aged 4 years. Poured a hazy light brown-copper with an off white head which dissipated into a thin strip of bubbles. Thin streams of carbonation can be seen. Aroma is sweet caramel and toffee malts, dark fruits, and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is raisins and brown sugar with a carbonated bite followed by an herbal hop bittterness on the back end. Medium bodied, this a sipping beer that flirts the line of scotch and wine in its warming boozy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mansquito (4196) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Avenue Pub, New Orleans tap: in honesty, I am not sure that this is the 25th anniversary edition (neither are the people at the bar), but I have some hints: it was pretty bubbly, it is on tap (some previous raters have rated this on tap), and it is the 2011 variety in 2015. In any case it pours a bubbly and muddy copper with a small off white head. Aroma is butterscotch, booze, a bunch of sugar, rasin, and wine. Taste is rough. Sipper like no other. Moderately bitter with hella bite to it. Sugar and a nice smoky burnt note like single malt whisky. Very complex.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1699) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
Dark orange with a vigorous carbonation and some small particles. Aroma is brown sugar, oak, honey, nutmeg, caramel, hint of pecan. Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a nice nutty and warming finish. Taste is brown sugar, caramel, dried apricot, oak, pecans.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (7970) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle - Sweet caramel and some light barrel spice. Cloudy gold with a rich beige head. Sweet oaky caramel, raisin, dry and a bit of booze. Sweet and rich, nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7327) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2015
750 ml bottle from Johnís Marketplace. Looks nice. Pours a cloudy orange color with a large white head that dissipates a bit. A big fruity woody nose. The flavor is really sweet sugary base as expected, rich fluffy champagne yeast, toffee, berries, woody, big soft sweet malts. Quite good. Drinkable. Very nice complex beer. Vinous.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (5462) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Not really my thing. This pours orange without much head or lacing. Lots of candied malt, and a little on the syrupy side for my liking. Very sweet finish. Low carbonation. A fair amount of booze. Not really sensing the champagne yeast in the carbonation, but it contributes to the aroma. Tap at Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12572) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Capped 750 from Wine & Cheese. Pours the color of ripe apricot flesh with a foamy/creamy off-white/beige head. Aroma of ripe fruits. Not dark. With moist wood. Thereís an impression of inhaling sparkling chardonnay, but more fruit than grape. Med body, maybe a bit more. Flavor is toffee, wood, herb, fruit, oak, must, grape, treacle, Thereís a lot happening here. The most sparkling barley wine I can recall. It has that old ale aspect of Lees and Gales ales. I am enjoying it tremendously.


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