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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry)

Formerly brewed at J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
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RATINGS: 364   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2004
I may like this one the best of the four barrel-aged Harvest Ales. It’s the same gorgeous amber glow with the wispy, white head. The aroma is caramel and alcohol and a bit of oak. The flavor is sugary sweet, just like the rest of them, with a touch of slightly overripe peach supporting it. I can actually taste a bit of the wood from the barrel and a slight wine-like character from the sherry. This flavoring from the barrel is subtle, but not as subtle as the rest. A fine barleywine, but the sweetness, like in the rest, makes it a definite slow sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2004
bottle. Man, two barleywines in one night? Kill me. Yet, this J.W. Lees manages to be as good as the usual Harvest, but with a little different spark in the taste, most likely coming from its time spent in the sherry cask. Tasty and worth a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Pours a golden hue with a reddish tint with almost no head at all. Just a few bubbles sitting there patiently, waiting for me to taste this brew. Aromas of caramel, toasted nuts, slighty herbal with hints of honey and clove. Mouthfeel is full bodied and it coats the the mouth as it goes down. Very, very sweet with flavors of honey, butterscotch, slight smokiness, vanilla and wood. And as with the lagavulin, it doesn’t quite do it for me. I was expecting much much more, but it is still a wonderful brew nonetheless. I only wish I had a cigar right now and many more bottles to age.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2004
A very impressive barley wine! It is sweet and licorice-tinged with a candy-apple, caramel nose and full caramel and sherry flavor to the palate. Good viscosity! An outstanding, near perfect drink. And I think with some aging the alcohol and sugars may balance out each other making this even BETTER!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2529) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Small offwhite head, good retention with spotty lace. Extremely clear copper colored brew. Fruity nose, lightly floral, sweet malt, with hints of wood, light sherry notes and caramel. Medium/full body, oily slick on yer tongue, coating. Sweet maltiness with notes of tobacco, licorice, syrup and a touch of alcohol and honey. Finish is sweet and sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2004
very interesting brew, my first flavored aged brew. orange amberish color on the pour. smells of fruit, sherry, wood, and heavy malts. very sweet and smooth, but overall a very well balanced brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Big aroma of cherries and currants, malt, alcohol. Orange copper, clear bodied, thin ring of head on top, good lacing too. Smooth over the lips, then a short burst of carbonation followed by thick almost syrupy feeling and warm alcohol at the end. Flavors are honey, currants, apricots, and sherry. Some oak mixed with medium bitterness and warming alcohol at the finish. I liked this - another bottle is aging in the cellar....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2004
2003 Vintage. Poured a shade of amber with a very small head. Vinous, grape aromas and tastes. Alcohol makes itself known. Sweet - hints of brown sugar. My 1st J.W Lees. Not a bad beer but nothing that completely knocked by socks off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3354) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 23, 2004
2003 Bottle Vertical tasting with the port and calvados. Of the 3, this was the my least favorite. A rather pleasant vinous aroma with sweet honey notes in the nose. Very sugary sweet start giving way to some tangy maltiness turning more sweet in the finish. Ethanol well hidden, but cloyingly sweet. transparent copper with a small white head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Yellowish color with no head to speak of. The aroma and taste are very similar in the fact that it’s sweet and sherry. This along with my ratings of all of the BA JW Lee’s, is that it needs more time. Drinkable yeah, but way too young.

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