MrRomero (1973) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear light orange with a medium white head. Big sweet alcohol aroma. Big sweet flavor. More of a grain flavor in this one than in the others I have had. Pretty good but definitely a sipper.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting this beer along side of the port, whiskey, and calvados. This seems more well rounded than tha Calvados, and on a par with the Lagavulin. This one does have a fig and chestnut flavor to it. The alcohol is well blended in with the mouthfeel, but not hidden.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Again another winner from the J.W. Lees Harvest Ale that is aged in the barrels. Sweet and malty with just that little tinge of sherry. Great stuff, check this one out if you can.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic. Rich amber color with small white head. Aroma of sherry, wood, honey, fruit. Mouthfeel was rich and syrupy. Flavor was brown sugar, dried fruit, honey. Excellent.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber / light copper in color; became more yellow as it tapered toward the bottom of my globe glass. Sweet nose. Mouthfeel was thick, weighty, syrupy and heavy, with a light carbonation. Malts were sweet, earthy and maple-like. Hops were subdued, but provided some mild flower notes and a hint of bitterness. Wood notes and of course a hint of sherry. Complex sweetness, with elements of maple, honey, brown sugar, spiced apples and ripe raisins. Had a mead-like quality to it as well.
jaymobrown (1586) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden yellowish color. Sweet, syrupy, thick and alcoholic. In fact, this was way too thick -- much like a cough syrup with amped up alcohol. Way too harsh.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bright amber with a thin pure-white head. Nose is syrupy sweet, alcoholic. First taste is all alcohol, burning and harsh. Very thick and overly sweet in the middle, some dryness and then more harsh alcohol. Best of the 4, but I still don’t like it.
TheBeerGod (4901) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an orange-amber with a small white head. Aroma is very sweet and syrupy. Fruit, sugar, alcohol and light wood. WOW! Nice taste! Rich and thick mouthfeel leading to some brown sugary sweetened tones with dark fruit, alcohol, some honey, and faint taste of wood. The alcohol flavors are definitely there. I think this is much smoother than the Lagavulin aged version. But we’ll see how this stacks up the the other two.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber body with a thin, stark white head. Strong, sweet aroma full of caramel, oak, alcohol, warm apples, honey, white grapes, crunchy nuts and grains, simple syrup, and some light licorice. Fairly full bodied with tight, creamy carbonation that gives the tongue a little prickliness. Not as harsh as some of the others have been. Sweet flavors are the dominate component here, but that was to be expected. Having no experience with Sherry, it’s hard for me to pick out the contributions of the barrel aging. Sweet, sticky caramel with a little fruit and a fair bit of warming alcohol. Maybe it was the more pronounced woodiness that helped contribute to the reduced harshness of the flavor and alcohol burn. WIth only one left to try, this is probably my favorite of the barrel-aged Harvest Ales.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear apricot color with a very large white head, unlike the others. Sweet caramel, malt and sugar aroma. Very rich sweet caramel, malt, raisin and alcohol with some orange and sherry. Not as much pine in this one. Thjis is probably my favorite version!