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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: 360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2488) - 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 (8940) - 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 (3320) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Poured a dark copper color wih a medium sized off white head that left sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma was dry and vinous, a pungency of dark fruits, grapes, and plums. The taste was also very vinous more grapes, very spicy, almost a cinnamon taste with an alcohol burn at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Bottle. Medium off-white head and fine-medium sized bubbles that mostly dissipated. Transparent, very little carbonation and an orange-brown hue. Nose was malty, caramel, sweet, sherry and alcohol. Flavor was sweet, syrupy, sherry, malt, and alcohol from start to finish. Mouthfeel was tingly and alcohol. Full bodied barley wine with sparse lacing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 6, 2004
This bottled brew poured a medium head of fine to medium sized mostly lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body contained average carbonation, was transparent and caramel brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of malt and hops. Its mouth feel is initially tingly vinous caramel with a lingering slightly tingly harsh palate and a vinous hop caramel malt aftertaste. Its flavor contained vinuous bitter malty caramel hoppy notes and was very tasty. It was quite strong and vinous with some port like qualities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2004
2003 bottle. Orange/pink-hued amber body. Short-lived white head. Warm rasin bread aroma with alcoholic sherry notes. Bit of a sour woodiness at the end of the aroma. Above-average amount of sweetness in the flavor - plums seeped in sherry with wood and hoppy bitterness to balance it out. There’s a little too much tingly carbonation, but it does help cut down on the sweetness. An enjoyable barleywine - the flavor doesn’t go as "deep" as some other examples but it’s well-balanced with unique flavors.

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