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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados)

Formerly brewed at J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 458   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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 brewers’ art. Harvest Ale can be enjoyed now or laid down like a fine wine for enjoyment to come.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (42888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 20, 2010
Bottle 275ml. @ home.
[ Trade by VikingHammer ]. Clear medium amber orange color with a small average, fizzy, lacing, fully diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dried berry, raisin - plum - prune, moderate bread - oxodide malt, cask wood, light alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to light heavy bitter with a long duration, sweet dried berry, plums - raisim, alcohol warm finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syrupy, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20100418]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (39114) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2008
27.5 cL bottle. Pours hazy dark amber with a lacing off-white head. Smooth dry and roasted malt aroma. Flavour starts sweet but soon reveals a solid berry fruity and light apple-ish note. This one is quite sticky sweet with a light vanilla note towards the finish. Sweetness totally masks the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (33469) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2005
An amber beer with a disappearing beige head. The aroma has notes of oranges, apples as well as alcohol. The flavor is deliciously fruity with notes of wood, lots of alcohol and hints of apples and prunes. The cask has lent a little wood to the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2008
(Bottle 27,5 cl) Courtesy of boboski. Slightly hazy amber golden with a small, rough off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, wood and sweet caramel. Very full-bodied with almost no carbonation. Very sweet caramel and vanilla and a smooth and soft oxidization. A hint of raisins perhaps. Absolutely no bitterness. 200608

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (24523) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
Bottled@vPBF2012. Copper colour, small beige head. Aroma is fruity, apples, some mild alcohol and quite rich on raisins. Flavour is raisins, sweet fruits, alcohol and some burnt sugar and alcohol. Mild liquorice and some ripe fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (21960) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2007
Bottle. Thanks to bu11zeye for this one. Vintage 2004. Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Sweet malty and slightly alcoholic dark fruit aroma with some hints of apples. Sweet malty alcoholic dark fruit flavor with some weak hints of calvados. Sweet malty finish. Thanks again Markus.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2010
1st January 2009. Cloudy brown beer. Not much of a head. Low carbonation. Sweet toffee sherry nose. Rich sweet toffee with some porty tones. Silky sumptuous palate. Faint sweet marmite. Finishes with lovely sweet toffee apple and a trace of licorice spice. Unique! Fabulous! Very annoying that I had to get this from the USA!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (20248) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
bottle at home ... recent buy but 2006 brewed .. dark brown ... no head ... big oxidised malt ... light card board nose .. sweet toffee malts ... soft roast .. big oily fruits .... soft fruits .. soft malts ... soft oily fruits ..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (19949) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 28, 2010
2007 bottle, recommendation of Greg at Pizzeria Paradiso. Clear golden with no head and no lacing. Aroma of apples and vanilla. Flavor is again apples, but no sourness. Dry and slightly bitter finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (18103) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2008
Great thanks to Papsoe for sharing!
Hazy dark amber color. Sweet malt aroma with a very light impression of apples. It has a full mouthfeel, with full malt flavor, quite sweet (but the least of the 4 special editions), classic English Barley Wine, with minimum bitterness; if possibly, there is a light sourness too. The least syrupy at the end, with some caramel and bitterness to create a good balance. The most balanced one. Excellent.

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