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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
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RATINGS: 394   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Aroma of honey or still mead with a note of grapes (assumed that’s from the port). Yellowish head on the small side, but lingers well. Honey-orange in color. Is hot on the tongue (alcohol) that hides a lot of flavor. Tastes of Curacao and cherries..more at a Tennesse Sour Mash whiskey (George Dickel to be precise). Bitterness that balances the flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (4928) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 12, 2004
This bottled brew poured a small head of large sized mostly diminishing off-white colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body contained average carbonation, was transparent and orange in color. Its aroma contained notes of vinous port and was very mild. Its mouth feel is initially tingly strongly vinous with a vinous lingering caramel aftertaste. Its flavor contained strong vinous port malty and caramel notes and was very tasty. All-in-all very nice brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3053) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2004
The whiskey in the Lagavulin was subtle, but the port in this one is practically non-existant. This is basically the same sugary and alcoholic beer that the normal JW Lees Harvest Ale is. The clear red gold amber is topped by a small, fleeting white head. There might be the slightest bit of grapes in the finish of this beer. It’s a nice barley wine just like the original, but I’m not seeing the cask aging having added much to the beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Medium orange color. Small head. Aroma is malty and sweet, touches of wood and smoke, some port wine flavors. A full bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity and sweet. Very smmoth taste, nearly syrupy. Doesn’t seem to have a lot of noticeable port flavors, just some oak and smoke, and a little bit of a vinous quality. This is my least favorite of the barrel aged Harvest ales. No real noticeable impart flavors. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is lightly bitte with a sharp alcohol bite.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3303) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Vertical 2003 bottle with the sherry and calvados. This is my 2nd favorite of the three. The main drawback of this beer is its aroma. Slightly sour, and mildly skunk-like aroma. Mild sweetness in there, though. This one is not as sweet in the start, which earns points with me. Tangier in the middle with more vinous notes. Ethanol is more present. This is more balanced than the sherry. Transparent copper color with a light white head.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Pours dull light orange with just a wisp of head. Lot’s of dried fruits in addition to the big port aroma and taste. Almost as sweet as the other 3. Still young.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2004
Great beer with an orange-red color and with a nice warm shine. This original beer has a fine malty aroma with great hints of soft spices, vanilla, nice touch of wood and a fine dosis of holdingshops. The taste is warm,rich and dry to medium dry. In the taste there touches of asian spices, dried plums, Colheita Port and fine hops. The afthertaste is round,complex and ends with a good dryness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2004
9.3 oz bottle (Brewed in 2003, Sampled late summer 2004): crystal clear rosy-gold with a generous off-tan cream…juicy, dark grape aroma with a gooey soft dough and lightly toasted grain. The head diminishes completely, leaving the beer slightly naked. Smooth, creamy palate, much nicer than the Lagavulin. Light, vegetable flavour that blends into some sharp fruity alcohol, buttered toast and light caramel coated hops.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (2787) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2004
My third of these barrel aged Lee’s Harvest Ales and a good one. Like the others this pours a very pale golden color. This is a good one to give to people who erroneously believe that dark beers are stronger than pale beers. The head on this sucker is big and frothy, mostly large bubbles that stick to the side of the glass in a pattern that I would describe as highly unusual. Really, I’ve never seen lacing that looks quite like this. It’s a serious anomaly that I’m going to have to look into... The nose is like honey sweet, maybe a slight floral note, very rustic. Tonguefeel is thick and luscious, very smooth but lacking just a tad in carbonation--I’d like a little more bite, be it from carbonation, hops, acidity or whatever. There are definitely some port flavors that I can pick up and a bit of vinousity. I dig it. A bit of bitterness in the finish rounds things out. I could drink this all night and be very, very drunk.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Pours a dark golden with a frothy white head that leaves a fine lace behind as it subsides. Aroma is full of sweet caramel malt, clover honey and sugary toffee with some subtle hints of port and fruit. Starts with a nice sweet and syrupy texture and pleasant carbonation. There’s a good amount of floral hoppy bitterness in the finish that not only balances the sweetness, but helps to mask the alcohol. The port flavors need some time to mellow and mesh with the rest, but I think this is an enjoyable English barleywine.


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