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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port)

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

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RATINGS: 406   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Only available filtered and pasteurised in bottles.
Matured in wooden casks of Willoughbys Crusted Port to impart sweetness and a heavy vinous characteristic. The tradition of port is very English and many of the port houses proudly trace their ancestry back to the U.K. Portuguese wines were fortified with brandy to improve their keeping properties during shipment.
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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2004
The dark golden clear body with very little carbonation activity looked like some kind of liquor in my snifter, except for the razor thin off-white head floating on top. Sweet alcohol nose. Palate was awesome - almost thick, very very smooth - very vinous - sticky, coats the mouth with flavors. Taste was sweet fruits, I guess I tasted wine, a light bitterness at teh end and fairly dry. These 4 JW Lees are a nice treat every once in a while.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Clear dark golden color with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and some alcohol. Very sweet and syrupy, has some bitterness and alcohol in the flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jine (900) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2004
This is almost exactly like the regular JW Lees Harvest Ale, with a some interesting wine/cask/fun flavors thrown in the mix.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
275ml bottle with black text and a black cap. This one pours a clear deep amber orange color with a decent off white head that quickly falls to a collar. Leaves a sparse lacing around the glass as it is consumed. The aroma had a nice fruity sweetness and a bit of alcohol with the Port flavors present as well. There was also a buttery biscuit and yeasty notes mingling with the sweetness. The taste starts of with a bit of an alcohol bite that is quickly overcome by a huge sweetness, a little too much so in my opinion. There is also a strong buttery flavor to this with a slight nuttiness as well. Mouthfeel is very full and heavy with good carbonation. I feel the drinkability was hurt as the sweetness became too much even with the smaller sized bottle. Overall a good beer though and I shall pick another one up to lay down for a few years.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2439) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Decent head with good carbonation for a barleywine. Head reduces slowly and leaves some nice lacing. Weaker aroma than I expected. Light alcohol nose with some sweetness and malts. Maybe a little wood. Color is a clear oraneg amber. Alcoholic flavor with some sweetness, a bit of fruit but very, very smooth flavor and easy drinking. Goes down way to easy. Finish is warming and creamy. Slight dry aftertaste. A good barleywine but not great.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Clear gold,with a small fizzly off-white head. Tangy fruity nose, metallic, some vinous notes, some musty wood. Quite sweet flavor, with caramel, some bitterness, woody almond notes, some red wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 21, 2004
Crystal clear golden orange w/bright white head. Very faint port on the nose followed by strong, malt sweet alcohol, and fresh carmel. Heavey sweet honey like with long finish. Flavors of honey, cherry, carmel, winey, malt and alcohol. Also wood and the first of this series where the taste of the cask is not prominent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Clear golden orange brew with a white head,leaves an oily lacing.Nose is almost a vanilla bourbon at first then the sweet maltiness of a Barleywine come on.Not much of the fruity Port I was expecting.Very heavy sweet body with not much character.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
poured a 2003 bottle into a snifter.i must say it looks lust like apple juice.(like martinelli’s)even with the same style head.lots of interesting aromas.candy,an ale style beer,and the port is there as well.the flavor is very complex,it includes:honey,port wine,candy,and vanillia.very different,and very nice if you are looking for something really sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Very clear honey golden ale with a smal white head and red and amber hues. It has a fruity, wine like aroma with some maltyness. Very nice lingering warmth and a nice honey like sweetness mixes well with the alcohol presence. It’s vinuous and has a clean and sweet finish puncuated by an alcohol warmth.


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