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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry)

 (RETIRED)
overall
98
94
style
Formerly brewed at J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (3196) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2013
From a 275 cl bottle shared at home. Vintage 2005. Pours a hazy dark amber with a quickly receding off white head. Aroma of caramel, candy sugar and sherry. Flavors follow suit with some hints of vanilla. Really a superb desert beer..

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreamflower (575) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
2009 bottle shared with northropfrye. Bready aroma. Flavour of oak and berries, rich sweet and unlike anything I’ve had before but I definitely would like to have again. I really liked it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2202) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
2009 bottle. Murky brownish, not so attractive, colour. Nice intense aroma of bread, wine, dried fruit, prunes, kind of a cereal quality. Taste is also an intense sweet malty grainy goodness. Maybe a touch too sweet for me, but overall very tasty. Faintly boozy, but high abv is quite well masked. A bit of a vinous quality. Nice coating, and fairly lively palate considering it’s a barley wine. Great stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle with Vila, Guinn, Johnson, Bergstrom. Slightly hazy honey with just a little fine skim of white foam. Almond sweet nose, pollen, toffee, green grass. Heavy sugar sweetness, but so soft and delicate. A nectar to be drunk drop by drop. Refined. Powerful. Happy to have friends to split a bottle with: would be way too much for one. Thanks for sharing Vila!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (651) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2013
2005 bottle pours a layered multi color pale to reddish brown with almost no carbonation. Sweet aroma of sherry and grains. Very smooth rich flavors of sweet malt wood sherry with lasting dark fruits. This is by far my favorite JW Lee’s harvest, aging served it well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6113) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2013
330. Pours a murky dark amber with garnet overtones. Thin tan rim around the edge. Big sweet sherry nose, like condensed fruity vinous jammy pudding. Sticky thick body, soft carb. Caramel, toffee, and jammy sweet strawberry mid palate. Long sticky sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (2093) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 3, 2013
2004 vintage. Fruity aroma, prunes, and some cask oxidation (which apparently is a feature of sherry). Slightly muddy brown, flat. Really really sweet; sherry character is more fully realized in mid palate; final is silky smooth and the sweetness diminishes very slowly. Medium-heavy body. This one is a seriously sweet dessert beer. A stroll through Candyland.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5666) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Drank in August 2012 alongside each of the other four variants. 2007 vintage. The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of maple and brown sugar with not too much else. The flavor has some strong sherry notes, as well as some brown sugar and leather. I also get some vanilla some cream notes. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty (1839) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2012
December 24, 2012 bottle from Blue Max. Light brown pour with some head and quite a bit of sediment. Caramel, dark fruit, nutty and little bit of wood in the aroma. Little bit more sweet than the regular version though not as much as the port. Sweet and roasted nut in the finish. Super smooth and medium to thick bodied (slightly thicker than regular). 2008 vintage.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minderbinder (1748) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle 275ml [2010] Pours brown/amber with almost no head (white). Aroma is of sligth miracle whip, weird lettuce, malt, wood, sherry. Taste is of bread, sherry, extreme wood, malt, english hops. Sligth cardboard. Palate: medium body. Overall: lots of residual sugars. Not impressive, I was expecting something way better than this. I guess I dont like Sherry.


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