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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados)

Formerly brewed at J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
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RATINGS: 426   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Only available filtered and pasteurised in bottles.
Matured in wooden Etienne Dupont Calvados casks from the end of October until mid March.
This fully fermented ale has been brewed by JW Lees as a celebration of the brewersí art. Harvest Ale can be enjoyed now or laid down like a fine wine for enjoyment to come.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (3917) - Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Bottle. Large sized of-white head and fine-small sized bubbles that mostly diminished. Transparent, fast rising carbonation and an orange hue. Aroma was malt, caramel, fruitiness and notes of alcohol. Flavor was malt, caramel, sweet, some light bitterness and alchol. Mouthfeel was tingly along with an alcohol burning sensation. Good lacing. Considering the fact that I do not usually care for barleywines, this one is well worth trying. Yummy!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (4887) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 6, 2004
This bottled brew from 2003 poured a medium head of fine to medium sized mostly lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body contained average carbonation, was transparent and caramel brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of malt hops caramel that could be smelled as soon as it was opened. Its mouth feel is initially very tingly with caramel notes and a lingering very tingly harsh vinous palate that smoothens in the finish. Its flavor contained vinuous bitter malty caramel hoppy notes and was very tasty. All-in-all very nice brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 30, 2004
Color:Golden with a touch of reddish brown, little or no head with fine bubbles. Sweet sour aromas with faint carmel and cherry/apple aromas. Heavey with fine sparkle, and a creamy feel throughout! Sweet with faint apple, carmel, slight spice, creamy malt, cherry, and on top of that the flavor lingers for minutes afterwards. Overall, the calvados seems to take some of the molasses off and leaves me with wanting more. Only negative would be a little lack or hops to help balance the sweetness, thus making it almost like a sweet brandy. With a stinky cheese Iím sure this beer would erupt!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Medium orange color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is apples, oranges and oak. A full bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity and sweet. Orange, apricots, raisins and apples. Calvados barrel adds some nice sharp oakiness and apples flavors to the beer. Nice alcohol burn as well. Good malt backbone to all the oak and apple. Smooth taste. Would age nicely. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a alcohol finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (2381) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2004
This the third type of Leeís Harvest Ale I have tried and thus far my least favorite. Itís certainly much drier than either the unmodified or the sherry-cask-aged, or at least the flavors from the cask-wood better serve to mask the sweetness. Thereís just something about it that doesnít sit quite right--sort of a resiny woody flavor that lingers uncomfortably on the tongue. Also, I found the mouthfeel here to somewhat thinner and less luxurious. Maybe itís just my personal preference rather than the actual quality of the ale in question but I think Iíll definitely pass on this when other Leeís are available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Clear amber body, thin off-white head. Dense aroma of port, soy, honey, caramel, raisin, and alcohol. Rich, leathery, salty palate. Nice apple flavors complement rich, sweet breads, honey, a touch of soy, caramel, and ethanol. Rather syrupy body masks the alcohol quite well; even though the flavors are apparent, there is very little to no associated "burn." Very good, bordering on over-the-top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Strong apple caramel sweet fruit hop aromas with hint of alcohol. Body is very smooth and sticky with a subtle prickly carbonation at the back. Seet caramel bready malts paired with apples, rasins, cinamon. The first of this series that Iím trying, Iíve got extras cellared to see how it ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Clear and luminous amber. Sweet-smelling nose. Thick and syrupy texture overlayed with tingly carbonation. Complex notes of syrup, caramel, fruit and bread. Hops were flowery and had a little bitter-zing. Woodsy and warm. Pretty good, but a little too sweet (surprise, surprise) and buttery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Clear golden color, with a big, white, bubbly head. Sweet nose with vanilla, oak, some vinous hints. Quite sweet flavor, almost salty, with caramel, vanilla, and a lightly bitter finish. Very smooth mouthfeel--leaves impressions of butter and toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 Clear amber body, soft carbonation. Alcohol, taffy, maramlade and cherries make up the dense, sweet aroma. White the flavor is intense and sweet, the finish has some good bitter elements to balance that. It starts with brown suagar, apricot and and a hard-to-define sweet malt blast. The finish is more palpable, featuring wood, leafy hops, pepper and mint. I donít detect much overbearing liquor taste like in other BA beers - and thatís a good thing. A tasty beer when enjoyed slowly (no I didnít try to beer bong this stuff but you know what I mean - itís a sippiní beer).

í04 bottle. Musty aples, oak and sweet malt in the aroma. Great flavor and mouthfeel. Big precise sweet flavor - raisins, plums, apple brandy all over clean pale malt. Some alcohol bite in the finish.

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