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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port)

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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (3018) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2013
From a 275 ml bottle shared in Avon NC. Vintage 2005. Pours a hazy amber with a feint off white head that quickly disappears. Sweet port aroma. Flavors of port, oak and candy sugar. Very sweet but a fabulous dessert beer. Smooth mouthfeel. Well concealed alcohol, but present in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2231) - JAPAN - FEB 28, 2013
2004 version. Perhaps my least favourite Harvest version due to the sweetness being turned up to Care Bear level. Still a thing of rich, viscous beauty. The sherry is less pronounced than the other barrels, but as I said, it’s a bit cloying. Still, as always, the base beer is superb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (2985) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2013
2009 vintage. Murky brown pour, tiny brown head. Huge aroma of sweet bready, brown sugar/port soaked bread. Soft mouthfeel, low carb. Huge burnt sugar boozy finish. Loads of dark super ripe fruits. Low bitterness, a nice sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sailracer (389) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 Bottle, 2011 Vintage. Pours a murky reddish brown with small head. The aroma is strongly reminiscent of currants with hints of wine. The taste is very sweet with honey flavors to go with the currants. There is a strong port component in the body of this ale with a sour, grape-like aftertaste. Very unique flavors. Ok overall- I got tired of the flavor before I finished the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (6145) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 3, 2013
2004 Bottle. Malt all the way, raisins and caramel. Port comes through a little, but closest to the non-barrel version, except somehow this one had a lovely light carbonation that the others lacked, and that was superb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5527) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Drank in August 2012 alongside each of the other four variants. 2008 vintage. The beer pours a reddish-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of brown sugar, with some oak, leather and booze. The flavor has some nice grape notes, as well as some port character that is accompanied by some oak. Overall, this beer is sweeter than the other four variants. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty (1829) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2012
December 24, 2012 bottle from Blue Max. Light brown pour with some head and quite a bit of sediment. Caramel, dark fruit, little bit of wood and red wine in the aroma. More sugary sweet than the regular version. Super smooth and medium to thick bodied (slightly thicker than regular). 2008 vintage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Aroma dominated by port sweetness, some caramel and toffee. Poured a dirty ruby with beige head. Taste follows the nose with a very odd sausage-like saltiness... very interesting beer, really enjoy the port aging but wish the layers were more easily perceived and that there wasn't that odd salt spice character. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2012
2009 bottle. Pours cloudy chestnut with intimidating chunks hanging around. Ring of beige head. Nose is vinous and slightly vegetal. Sweet toffee underneath. Taste adds great wood, char, and a slight bit of tang from the port. And of course lots of toffee. Full body. Worth it once, for sure.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
kimjongill (207) - - DEC 4, 2012
Big malty aroma with a boozy liquor component. Light amber color with almost no head. Great malty flavor with only a bit of port. 2010 bottle and I’m detecting a slight oxidation. Not enough port flavor in my opinion.

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