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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port)

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


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RATINGS: 414   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (2522) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2014
2007 bottle, I’ve been saving for some time. pours gold, quick flash of a thin white head, some floaties. nose of port, booze. taste is more malt based, slight plum, cherry. port lingers in the background. body is full, creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2014
Odd scotch like aroma. Cloudy golden colour with excellent head. Nice port like smooth flavour and very nice finish. Med body and carbonation ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2014
2012 bottle from my visit to Jersey. Poured to a generic tulip glass. Pour is murky amber orange colored with a small ring of yellowish khaki head. Sweet caramel brown sugar, oak, vanilla, toffee, brandy, nuts, but of a vinous note but more of the brandy fortification here. Flavor follows with a malty caramel vanilla port wine, a bit of marshmallow, brandy, some pecans. Sone alcohol heat with a nutty vanilla finish. Yum. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rando7 (777) - Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Bottle pours murky medium brown with thin white head that rapidly recedes to a ring. Very pleasant aroma of malts and port. Taste brown sugar, very sweet and malty with port/vinous flavor. I didn’t get much of the wood taste at all. Thick full near-syrupy palate. Sweet finish. Very very sweet beer which I enjoyed but it won’t be for everyone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamChandler (4239) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Gorgeous deep orange, small head. The nose is great. smells like maple syrup, earthy fruits, oak. Wow on the taste, Very sweet, no bitterness but it leaves this walnut astringent burnt taste at the finish. up front it was awesome but leaves a lot to be desired at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
A vibrant mahogany body offers deep amber and fiery vermillion highlights

A seductive vinous character saturates marshmallow, fig, maple syrup, nutty caramel, apple, and pear, the palate rendered less viscous than that of the base, yet retaining it’s exceptionally silky nature finishing with a wonderfully juicy dark wine note, transitioning to a barrel and grape skin dryness followed abruptly by an echo of roasted marshmallow which flows through the residual revealing a bit of coffee and cream, an enjoyable variation on the classic sacrificing lighter nuance in favor of a deeper, more sensuous experience

275ml capped bottle vintage 2006 consumed January 18, 2014 served at 65º into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Vintage 2010 Pours a near still appearing copper ale with some floaties that I saw come out of the bottle. I can smell the port from two feet away, really pleasant nose with figs, caramels, rich warm malts and the smell of something aged on lees with just an accent of alcohol. One of the better noses I’ve smelled. Only opens and gets better with temp. Flavor is a bit smoky with a little vegetal tone and some of the classic JW maltiness. The cask really didn’t do the beer too much benefit flavor wise, there is a cheap, ruby porto quality to the finish. The body is syrupy with low carb and a long finish - spot on for the beer with just slightly too much viscosity. Really a pleasant beer, but the flavor is not up to par with what I expect from this brewery. Serving type: bottle 03-21-2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2013
2009 12oz bottle pours a dark brown with zero head. Sweet malt and dark fruit taste with bit of oak finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nuffield (3994) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Pours nut brown and not all that syrupy in appearance, though I did get a decent amount of sludge at the bottom. The nose and flavor are both spectacular, with plenty of port, raisin, nuts, dark fruit, and pleasantly woody/oxidized notes. Not a super rich palate, but well enough. I had this when my boy had planned a special tea party of sorts with china dishes he had bought at a church sale. It paired really very well with all sorts of food, including nachos with homemade guacamole and homemade molasses cookies. The alcohol level in this didn’t detract in any way from the flavor here. Tremendous beer--and I’m sorry that many raters haven’t enjoyed this as much as I would assume that everyone would. Bottle, 2008 vintage.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
S_Side_Smitty (689) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2013
2005. Pours brown with almost no head and a substantial amount of sediment (due to age, I’m sure). Aroma is a nice blend of port wine and heavy malts. Taste is off the charts! Initially you taste the port, then it goes quickly to an Alvear Solera "Raisin Wine" magnificence with some dried black mission fig. The finish is more of the fig with some faint bitter chocolate. This one is absolutely beautiful, especially if you love port wine. These don’t come cheap, but they are definitely worth it.

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