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


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Lots of stuff going on here. Clear orange with a nice white head. Explosive flavor. Big malt flavors. Full in taste and palette. Good beer. Subtle alcohol aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2004
The nose shows barnyard, honey and grape. More bitter than the other barrel beers. Herbal with classic English tea bitterness. Sweet finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2004 Clear orange with a white head. Subtle aroma of alcohol, cotton candy, and grape/port. Very subdued when compared to the Lagavulin. Flavor is explosive. Huge malt. Cotton candi. Wood. Full palate. This is good now, but will get better. I think the aroma will see the biggest improvement. 5/27: would like to add a prediction that the subtleties of the barrel aging may vanish with time....but we shall see.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2004
First one to rate! Pours golden with a thin head that fades. Aroma is faint but of honey, cider, a hint of alcohol, and a mild wine. Flavor is an excellent, cohesive, smooth mix of honey, white raisin, oak, honeysuckle, and a slight alcohol that adds a nice warmth. Much like a gentle port minus the alcoholic bite. An excellent beer.


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