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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: 417   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.

BobbyW3363's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2008
2006 vintage. Pours a deep amber mahogany color with a nice off-white head. Complex aroma of dark fruits, caramel, bread, and alcohol. Very sweet flavor of caramel and alcohol, with the flavor of port being very noticeable on the finish. Syrupy mouthfeel. Overall, this is enjoyable but not worth the $10 I paid for one 9.3 oz bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3427) - Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2016
Bottle at Novare Res. Opaque amber pour with a fleeting white head. Sweet caramel and barrel aromas. Really sweet with dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, and mild port highlights. Slightly boozy but more in that mellow after drink kinda way. Good body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (3970) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle. Clear deep red liquid with minimal white head. Aroma of port wine, raisins, red berries, toffee and licorice. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of port wine, raisins, honey and dried fruit. Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luvystypotables (1694) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2016
Aroma of malt, grape and a sweet sherry like aroma. Cloudy caramel color without much of a head. A sweet taste of tawny port, medium body with a sweet tawny port finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wombat23 (766) - Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2016
9.3 oz. bottle, 2012 vintage. Pour amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, brown sugar, caramel, and alcohol. Taste is super-sweet malt, cloying, fruit cake, vinous, nutty, cardboard, and caramel. Finish is both sweet and boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (3038) - Gray, Maine, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Pours a medium to deep copper color with a finger of white foam. Up front sweet malts, honey, underlying nuances of grapey port fruit, currants, slight tannic bitterness mingles with the classic lees sweetness. Sugary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (6812) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2015
How: Bottle, 2012 vintage.
Where: RBESG 2015 Grand Tasting.
Appearance: Hazy amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Fruit, spices, malt, port, alcohol.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Port, malt, alcohol, sherry, plum, sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17245) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2015
Bottle split at the RBESG ’15 Grand Tasting, Taphouse CPH day 4, 23/08/15. Hazed orange amber with a decent beige covering. Nose is rich barrel, port, fruit cake, light spice. Taste comprises wooded notes, sherry, port, fruit cake, toffee, plummy, trace of oxidisation but not detracting from the overall Taste. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Good depth of flavour, well joined up, eminently sippable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (8726) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle@RBESG2015, Copenhagen - Orange pour with white head. Aroma and taste is sweet malty, with some nice dark fruity notes, some port infused wooden notes, sweet finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (12088) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2015
33 cl. bottle.,hazy amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, dried fruit, aclohol, spice, caramel and yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle. Hazy orange colored with a small white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with oxidized notes. Sweet and fruity flavor of caramel and dried fruits with notes of alcohol. Sweet finish.

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