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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry)

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


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RATINGS: 371   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 Cream Sherry to impart sweet and nutty flavors. Traditionally many fine malt whiskeys have been matured in sherry casks for the enhancement of both flavor and color.
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
Bottle at home watching the awesome Eddie Alvarez do his stuff. Dark amber brown with a medium to thick off white yellowed head. Aroma of light sherry, marzipan, treacle toffee, caramel, fruitcake. Flavour is sweet malts, sherry and wood, caramel. Palate is rich but not too much for a barley wine. Loving this. One of Manchester’s finest beers!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jamesthebrit (335) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2014
Pretty sure this is not retired. Anyway this would be the last one if not for a certain different site banning me for no reason. It was for the best. You want a beer to smell good... Holy crap this is it. Apples. Citrus lemon note. A tinge of boozy. Some bread. Almost like a bees wax note. Looks.. Rustic. Hazy redish brown oak color. Minimal head. Taste is like the smell. Very sweet (I think sherry is sweet?) a wine like note. A little bready a little yeasty a little oak. Citrus on the finish. Apple. Pear. Honey! That’s what it is. Big honey note. Palate is perrrrrrfect. Medium body. Sits smooth. Goes down smooth. Great flavor development. These beers are amazing beers. This one has more of a sweetness compared to the others but is still very balanced. Tons of flavor and better on the palate than the others. Would love to do a tasting with all of them but.... $$$$$. Totally worth is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (3964) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 14, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. 2011 bottle. Pours orange with a small head, aroma of glue, cherry, wood, honey and vanilla, flavor is round with oak, wine, fruity, zesty, sweet, full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerenmk (3111) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks zvikar. 2011 bottle. Hazy amber, white head. Malt, bread and date honey aroma, sweet, rich taste, a little medicinal. Smooth, no carbonation, cherry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
M82 (380) - Kansas, USA - FEB 20, 2014
A vibrant mahogany body glows with bright amber and fiery vermillion highlights

Rustic, yet creamy oak barrel, sweet red wine, cream and marshmallow fluff, fig, maple, accented with apple, and pear, the palate rendered less viscous than that of the base ale, while retaining it’s exceptionally silky nature finishing with a bright and juicy red wine note, hints of orange zest, a soft and dark grape skin dryness emerges followed by an echo of toasted marshmallow which flows through the residual revealing a bit of strawberry-rhubarb pie, cream, and light smokey roast… faint nutty caramel notes emerging late, cherry juice characteristics are conjured with further warmth

275ml capped bottle vintage 2006 consumed February 20, 2014 served at 65º into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomer (2083) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - FEB 19, 2014
At a tasting, many thanks zvikar, quite clear orange to very light copper colour, aroma of brown sugar, figs and a strong sherry presence, flavour of raisins, dark honey, dried apricots and lots of sherry, light but noticble bitterness, strong bitterness that blends in and is not cloying, flavour is round and amazingly mellow. Very good sipping beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (8175) - Tel Aviv, - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks zvikar. 2011 bottle. Slightly hazy amber. Aroma of sherry, lots of fruitiness, oak, malt and a bit of caramel. Sweet flavor, malty, with lots of sherry, cherries, plums, a touch of vanilla, a cookie note, a hint of alcohol and a slightly drier finish. Rounded mouthfeel. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1655) - Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2014
2012 dated bottle from a trip to Hoboken. Pours a deep orange red hue with a tiny ring of white head that fizzes off very quickly. Aroma is big sweetness with lots of sherry, toffee, molasses, maple syrup, and a little hint of fruits. Flavor is surprisingly similar to the Calvados cask. A good bit of bitter hazelnut alongside leather, sweet caramel maple and brown sugar. Sweet but this had a nice balanced bitter and medium level sherry booze and the sherry really accents this nicely. Sweet heavy mouthfeel but with adequate carbonation to keep this from being syrupy. Overall a really nice treatment on this that makes for a beautiful after dinner drink with a nicely complex flavor profile.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
olr1984 (1265) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2013
2010 11oz bottle pours a light caramel with lots of sediment. Big oak aroma. Taste is the same with a vanilla finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
evapjep (7) - Castle Rock, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2013 does not count
sediment is high and takes from the color, 2008 batch, wonderful to sip on! Might get another.

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