DrSilverworm (4722) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2013
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
9.3oz bottle, 2010 vintage. Dark red / orange color. Completely cloudy, with lots of large chunks of yeast inside. Thin khaki head, some loose dots of lace. Everything I hated about the vintage standard JW Lees Harvest, is evident here too, just marginally more complex. Very sweet flavor over all. Cloying, for me. Booze flavor is there, no burn or heat though. I have to take very small sips, hard not too with that ultra cloying sweet flavor. Earthy, wet paper aroma and flavor. Big sweet caramel malt. Never had fresh JW, but wondering if this is oxidized... A lot of people swear this stuff ages fantastically, so that’s confusing for me. Bigger body. Very light carbonation. No lingering stickiness, though not what I’d call dry. Kind of peaty, vegetal aroma. Big caramel malt. Earthy. Little baked apple. Some sweet molasses type flavors. Man, these Harvest ales really don’t agree with me.. Something must be wrong with the bottles I’m getting. Oxidized, most likely. Drain pour.
bmerz (654) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Breukelen Bier Merchants. This has a lovely red and orange gold glow though no head at all. The aroma is a really lovely play of fresh yeast, very ripe sweet apple and malt, mild oxidation, The flavor is at first very sweet and fruity but then veers tannic, spicy, creeping hot, and to an herbal finish. The MF is fairly sticky with minimal carbonation but it has a nice woody and drying spicy runout. Great beer. Will update with the age if I can find it.
Niko100 (1786) - Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber/orange color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, & fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, toffee, molasses/syrup, spicy hops, and fruit (notably apples); Warm finish with some acidity; Nicely balanced; Quite good.
vickvega82 (33) - Maine, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clouded and hazy amber with zero head, foam, or lacing. Smells of sweat fruits. Definetly apple and some notes of citrus. Some notes of subtle spices. The first taste has some hints of the apple i smelled and the taste of the calvados is definetly there. It is exceptionaly smooth and the taste of caramelization from the cask is great. The actual taste is not as robust as the smell but it is still very good.
KyotoLefty (5787) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 3, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle. Slight apple aroma and acidity in the nose, along with the usually huge caramel. Flavor of caramel, raisin, apple, calvados. The acidity of the calvados adds a very nice balancing touch. Very good.
mike_77 (2655) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 Version - Aroma of nuts and overripe fruits. It’s thick, sticky and sweet with light carbonation. Biscuity flavour with hints of ginger and orange.
Mora2000 (5304) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank in August 2012 alongside each of the other four variants.
The beer pours an orange color with an off-white head. The aroma has some brown sugar up front, with more brandy and apple notes as it warms. This one smells boozer than the regular Harvest Ale. The flavor has some apple skin character, as well as some brown sugar, leather and a bit of smoke, brandy and booze. I also get a little bitterness as the beer is cold, but that disappears as it warms. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.
ryanfolty (1735) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
December 24, 2012 bottle from Blue Max. Light brown pour with some head and quite a bit of sediment. Caramel, dark fruit, rich dry alcohol, grape or viney and little bit of wood in the aroma. Most interesting of the group, starts with the sweetness but is quickly overpowered by the woody dry alcohol, seemed to take on some white wine characteristics. Super smooth and medium to thick bodied (slightly thicker than regular). 2008 vintage.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma taste of milk chocolate syrup, fine booze (apple brandy I suppose). Feels good and pours a murky brown with beige head. Interesting beer, the aging doesn't come through very strongly - chocolate forward
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hirigalzkar (2081) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours brown-orange with a small white head. Sweet aroma with notes of yeast, banana and stilton. Taste is also very sweet and has got notes of vegtables, syrup, chocolate, banana and smoke. The mouthfeel kind of reminds me of syrup.