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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
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 375   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4545) - 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!

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8619) - 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.

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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6161) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (30736) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10801) - 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 (3344) - 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…


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