BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
rodenbach99 (3460) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Petite bouteille, 2014. Une robe dorée foncée, avec mousse qui pétille. Un nez sucré, légèrement portesque. Une bouche de sucre d’orge intense, de cendrier, de caramel brulé, Cidre de pomme de glace, longue et majestueuse. Un bière difficile à décrire mais fort agréable.
djd07 (5026) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle thanks to Paul. Pours a cloudy orange with small off white head. The aroma is strong port and wood. Medium mouth, vanilla, strong port, wood, nice sweetness, very good.
SpringsLicker (3220) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled in 2003 from my cellar.
Clear medium brown with little to no head.
Aromatic and sweet. dried fruits, molasses.
The flavor is sweet, not as complex as I have come to know J. W. Lees harvest Ale. Certainly not bad, but no Port, little depth of flavor for what I have come to expect from this brewer.
zvikar (3902) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Pours slightly hazy orange with a medium head, aroma of honey, caramel, wax, wood, fruits, flavor of honey, fruits, wine, wax, wood, toffee, medium to full bodied.
slowrunner77 (6545) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"i don’t know if it has to do with the age or vintage year, but several of the other reviews pointed the the hard to find or non-existent port characteristics. I sampled the 2007 today, and that was absolutely not the case. i’ve never had the regular Lees Harvest to compare this to, so to me, the port/woody notes reallt stod out. knowing it was an English Barleywine makes you think much of the sweet notes in the nose & flavor were from the malt, but the fig/raisin/oak/grapes really were in the forefront...more so in the flavor than the aroma, which was a little muddled and confusing. The aroma was hoppier, and you could tell it was a beer, while the flavor, if not for the slight carbonation, could have very well been mistaken for a port wine. Hoppy-ish in the finish, but mostly a pleasantly sweet aftertaste. Full, thick body. The ridiculous amounts of sediment prevented us from enjoying the full bottle, so we poured and sampled 90% of it, then poured the rest...but all that yeast was a bit much, and somwhat of a mess. It was good enough to make we wamt to try all the others, but I’m in no rush to do so. I can’t imagine someone liking this vintage if they don’t care for port, but I can’t imagine not liking it if you do like a good port."
Bill Becker (481) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - SEP 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It pours close to a pitch black. good tannish head of foam, near a finger’s worth.
The nose is sweet Port. Just as intended, I suspect.
The taste is very much of the Port, strictly....Port. Meant to be, eh? Maybe a tad too sweet as my rating will reflect. Never the less, a grand brew.
Full bodied, light carbonation. Superb mouth feel.
My first variant of the JW Lees Harvest Ales. A winner.
knickskicks (828) - - SEP 5, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark red pour. Nose is sulphur, grilled meat, candi sugar. Taste is candy, ash, more ash, cardboard, ugh. Such a great base beer, terrible barrel aged versions that all taste the same.
kerenmk (2990) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks zvikar. Hazy amber. Wood and sweet candy and date and ink aroma, date, caramel and very sweet taste. Full body, sticky syrupy mouthfeel and no carbonation.
tomer (1976) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - SEP 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At a tasting, thanks zvikar, no head, hazy deep orange colour, aroma of caramel, dates and butterscotch, flavour of dried fruits, toffee and candy with a woody hint, slightly oily palete. Nice but not too exciting.
Jamesthebrit (322) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The last one!!! 2005 bottle so like 10 years old.. probably past its prime.
Aroma is oaky. Raisin. Currant. Sweet molasis. Really a little overpowering with that sweetness.
Appearance is fine. Zero carbonation. Dark brown. Thick.
Taste is complex. Whiskey notes. Dry. Sweet. Red wine. Cherry hidden in there. Oak. Boozy but not bad.
Solid on the palate. Heavy. Super dry. Sweet.
This is a beer to sip on like a whiskey. Really smooth on the palate and a ton of complex flavors.