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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: 463   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tromboneman (17) - USA - AUG 14, 2006
I felt good about the 1999 harvest and 2004 sherry harvest but now this, a 2004 calvados. Jw Lee’s sweet, tounge twistingly amazing, harvest ale is at the top of my list in goodness. Um... Goodness

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 3, 2009
drank at 9:30pm, no electricity, sept13th, sunday, candle and lantern, thanks to Hurricane Ike .. . lots of sherry,rum, plum, sugar and apple toffee ... super sweet and absolutely amazing .. complex! .. .i could drink this by the 40oz by beer bong its that damn tasty...not really but u get my point . ...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
On tap at Of Love and Regret in Baltimore. 2011 version. Really nice. Pours golden with no head. Very sweet. Almost sherry like. Just wonderful.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2008
2004 provided by J.O. Thanks amigo. This is a luscious brew indeed. Pour thick and opaque with a brownish amber hue. No lacing at all but the aromatics are high and very intense. Smells of aged darkfruit, applesauce, caramel, and fruitcake. Full nectar with creamy residual effers. This stuff is dense as I choke on it. Aged nectarine, plumb, peach, citrus, wild apple, brandy, moist carrot cake bread, toast, etc. Very complex and generous with a mild bittering component. This stuff is beautiful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bubbleflubber (2159) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2010
2004 Limited Edition release, 9.3 oz. Aged for 6+ years, this pours a murky amber into the glass with a quickly diminished head. The bouquet, heavily sweet, contains caramel, TONS of honey, maple syrup, some vanilla and Karo syrup. The flavors are of maple syrup, brown sugar, toffee, rich caramel and a very acceptable slight diacetyl butterscotch. This has a nice toffee finish with just a hint of burnt sugars. The alcohol, from 6+ years of aging, is very well incorporated, providing a comforting warmness. Sweet and complex, the mouthfeel is syrupy, rich and full-bodied, almost candied in texture. A truly perfect example of the aged English Barleywine style. Had to be sampled to believe. Incredibly comforting!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zencigar (12) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2011
This thick syrupy beer still has an aroma that would knock an elephant back. Bold and intense, loads of oak and apples on the nose. The first sip is extremely intense, but further tastes open this up into a beautifully complex drink, loaded with fruits, oak and funky malt. A pleasure.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Cask: year unknown, cloudy reddish brown, off white head, some lacing, aroma is excellent, of sugar, ripe dark fruits, wood, and vanilla and caramel and calvados, flavor sweet, smooth at first, of syrup and brown sugar, then finishes woody, with hints of vanilla, and an alcoholic warming finish. Awesome!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2007
2004 bottle, consumed 10-29-07. Muddy caramel color, whispy film, ring of bubbles, oily legs after every sip. Huge caramel syrup, mollasses, honey, and faint apple. Flavor much the same. Classic JW toffee/mollasses dominates. Some faint dark fruit and apple show up through the middle. Very sticky/syruppy finish, residuel sugars abound, same for palate and mouthfeel. Really am dumbfounded by the average though?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
2005 bottle from City Beer in San Francisco, shared with Mes, renffisch and tashi. The awesome flavour and aroma of the Harvest Ale, overlaid with the subtle apple flavour of the spirit. Great, great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2010
2006 Bottle, at Jimmy’s No. 43 during a Lovullo Tasting Session. One of the best Barley Wines I’ve ever had. Pours a thick, opaque amber-brown with a small, off-white head. Huge, malty aroma with tons of dark, ripe fruits, caramel, toffee, sherry. Flavor is super-sweet, with caramel, honey, apple, loads of malts, brown sugar, white sugar, turbinado sugar (it’s sweet!), and some more toffee. Full-bodied with mild carbonation, warming with very light alcohol presence. Very faint bitterness on the finish. Just a wonderful experience all around.

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