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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry)

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Formerly brewed at J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
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RATINGS: 371   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10608) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2005
Bottled: Deep clear golden almost orange coloured. Small beige head. Cherry aroma with a light alcohol touch and some sweetness. Flavour is very sweet and raisiny. Alcohol obvious. Has a fat alcholsweetness in the end. The beer has taken some flavours from the sherry casks, but its not as obvious as the Lagavulin and Calvados aged beers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Pours a still, clear bright copper with a thinly lacing white head. Aroma of rich caramel malt and butterscotch toffee with a touch of strawberries. Body starts thick and sweet which is to be expected with this beer. Some subtle sherry complexity comes in toward the finish, but could be more pronounced. Could use a touch more carbonation and hop presence. Still a nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2005 Bottle: poured a red amber orange. Plenty of fizz here. Nice head. Good lacing. Aroma of fruit and malt and, of course, sherry. There is strong alcohol, and sherry taste, along with apple and malt. There is an under lying feeling of oak. There is a warming down below as the ale goes in. As this warms, more alcohol/sherry taste emerges, kind of like a liquor, with vanilla and a woody warmth. The finish is dry, and the taste really develops as it warmed. Nice, unite brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Reddish golden brown color, little head around the edge. Sweetish fruity aroma and taste (cherry, grape, green apple, peach) with alcohol in the finish, warming. Somewhat burns the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2012 This beer pours to an amber body with a thin head. Aroma of sherry, roasted walnuts and hickory nuts with a sweet malt, fruit, and coconut. Flavors are sherry, malt, aged hops, coconut, and some nuts. Palate is thick and rich.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2004
9.3 oz bottle, 2003 version: clear orange-bronze with thin white wisps…sharp alcohol aroma with vanilla icing, candy sugar, and malt. Palate is as smooth and creamy as the others, but this one seems to have more development on the carbonation side, it is also less harsh on the tongue, a little easier to drink. Flavours seem a bit more rounded as well, with the alcohol present, but not dominate. Moist finish of oak, burnt cherries in vanilla cream and honey dew melon. My favourite of the four…

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Copper, clear, with a large white head. Vinous nose, with plums, raisins, oak, slight sweetness. Flavor is quite sweet, vinous, with smoke, tobacco, warming alcohol, and a good deal of bitterness to cut through the sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3196) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.4
   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.


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