aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
sloth (2529) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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....
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
DYCSoccer17 (3354) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.