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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


on tap

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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Fermented with Champagne yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mansquito (3874) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1538) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (6602) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6704) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4786) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11921) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1258) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle shared by Kevin. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a thick layer of off white head. Aroma of oak and champagne. Taste is weird, definitely some oakiness but thereís something I canít quite detect, almost a reduction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3737) - Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Comes out of the tap a barely translucent dark apricot - didnít get much head, but that may be from the pour. Fruity aroma has a strong bourbon overtone and a fair alcohol nip. Flavor is - i yi yi yi yi, NOT for the faint of heart - or tongue! Bold bourbon-soaked wood, sour fruit, sweet malt, and an alcohol bite that would knock the logo off an NFL linebackerís helmet assault the palate like a squad of Navy SEALs. Texture is smooth and viscous, if not too fizzy, leaving a finish of woody bourbon and fruit, he latter mainly pear and apricot. Harvest one if you get the chance!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (8253) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2014
750 bottle from State Line. Pours turbid coppery orangy with big 3-finger off-white head. Nose is funky yeast, caramel malt, earthy hops, dank esters. Tastes sweet, oaky, funky, yeasty, with notes of pepper, orange marmalade, and more sweetness as it warms and an over-fermented fruity favor that I find marginally off-putting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5441) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Cloudy amber with a TALL, fluffy tan head. The head is almost volcanic and erupts the second the beer is poured. Also foaming up in the bottle. Aroma is sweet malt, yeast notes, fruit, candy, caramel and light grains. Taste is caramel apple, sweet malt, grains, yeast notes, ripe fruits, earthy notes, light vanilla and light booze. Body is light-medium with an exuberant carbonation. Ends with more candied fruit, sweet malt, vanilla, light booze, earthy notes, dusty yeast and toasted grains.

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