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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: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (4033) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Better head on this one than the Lagavulin; slightly darker as well with an amber/gold color. Less rich in aroma than the Lagavulin, much more plain "vintage ale" quality of toasted caramel, wood, and a cellar, with the sherry being hard to detect. The sweetness is more distinguishing here...I guessed that they used a sweet sherry, and it looks like I was right (Willoughby’s Cream Sherry).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Appearance is dark golden with a small dissipating head. Aroma is spicy with sherry notes. Flavor is sweet with an aged quality to it. Good barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 24, 2005
Light carmel color w/little or no head. Creamy malt and light sherry nose. heavey on the palate with sweetness throughout and a long finish. Rich malt, some sublte nuttiness with a salty sherry edge. A bit cloying but should settle down with time.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2921) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2005
Bright light orange with a foamy head that recedes to a wispy film that leaves some lace on the sides of the glass. Pumpernickel bread and caramel aroma accentuated by some sourness and wood. Cereal grain, sweet and spicy malt with apricot, raisin. A little metallic with a full body but not as full as the original harvest. Barrel aging did not make this beer any better than the original Harvest (2001)--it was actually not as good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4457) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Jan 2005, 2x275 ml (2003 vintage): The Great Montreal Barley Wine Blowout with asheft, beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, tiggmtl, Rastacouere and Yowie, #10. Very light and clear amber/copper with little head...very, very little nose, just a bit of alcohol and some maple sweetness...vinous character in the body throughout, alcohol more evident than in most, some fruit and oak. Ehh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Clear copper color with no head. Aroma of fruits, caramel and alcohol. Flavor of fruits, caramel and alcohol. Light to medium body, liquorous texture, soft carbonation. Not as good as the regular Harvest Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Doughy, sweet syrup aroma. Pale orange-copper with thin tan head that recedes to light cover. Sweet and nutty with some maple and oak notes and just a hint of vegetal hops. Medium-full body is sticky in its sweetness. Sampled third in a comparison of the regular harvest ale followed by the four barrel aged versions. Not a lot of barrel-aged character to this one. Bottle sampled with asheft, beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Rastacouere and Yowie. Thanks, Dorwart!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
The Lure:
The same filtered orange colour with a light receding head as the other 4 barrel-aged JW Lee’s this time proposes a maple syrup-laden alcohol and some orange zest.

The Festivities:
Portentous caramel sweetness over the fruitiness of bitter oranges and berries. Alcohol is obvious as the body is much thinner than the regular JW Lee’s Harvest Ale. Either the 2003 is severely deficient, they botched up a batch and decided to soak it in novelty to sell it anyway, or this is not really a Harvest Ale. It’s a shame either way.

Bold immaturity gets very annoying even though there is substance to the speech.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Golden amber liquid wears no head. Oxidized wine aroma where floral undertones come hidden under strong alcoholic suggestions and milder bread ones. Light liquorice and wood hints. Taste contains a mild grape tartness that is overshadowed by a strong dry wood character, sometimes reminiscent of paper. Bitter alcohol finish imparts an appealing though rough cigar-like aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy, full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (33990) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2005
A dark amber beer with a disappearing beige head. The aroma is woody with notes of sherry as well as light notes of alcohol. The flavor is sweet with lots of caramel as well as alcohol and hints of sherry. The mouthfeel is sticky.

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