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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: 377   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
M82 (427) - Kansas, USA - FEB 20, 2014
A vibrant mahogany body glows with bright amber and fiery vermillion highlights

Rustic, yet creamy oak barrel, sweet red wine, cream and marshmallow fluff, fig, maple, accented with apple, and pear, the palate rendered less viscous than that of the base ale, while retaining it’s exceptionally silky nature finishing with a bright and juicy red wine note, hints of orange zest, a soft and dark grape skin dryness emerges followed by an echo of toasted marshmallow which flows through the residual revealing a bit of strawberry-rhubarb pie, cream, and light smokey roast… faint nutty caramel notes emerging late, cherry juice characteristics are conjured with further warmth

275ml capped bottle vintage 2006 consumed February 20, 2014 served at 65º into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomer (2424) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - FEB 19, 2014
At a tasting, many thanks zvikar, quite clear orange to very light copper colour, aroma of brown sugar, figs and a strong sherry presence, flavour of raisins, dark honey, dried apricots and lots of sherry, light but noticble bitterness, strong bitterness that blends in and is not cloying, flavour is round and amazingly mellow. Very good sipping beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (9318) - Tel Aviv, - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks zvikar. 2011 bottle. Slightly hazy amber. Aroma of sherry, lots of fruitiness, oak, malt and a bit of caramel. Sweet flavor, malty, with lots of sherry, cherries, plums, a touch of vanilla, a cookie note, a hint of alcohol and a slightly drier finish. Rounded mouthfeel. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1787) - Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2014
2012 dated bottle from a trip to Hoboken. Pours a deep orange red hue with a tiny ring of white head that fizzes off very quickly. Aroma is big sweetness with lots of sherry, toffee, molasses, maple syrup, and a little hint of fruits. Flavor is surprisingly similar to the Calvados cask. A good bit of bitter hazelnut alongside leather, sweet caramel maple and brown sugar. Sweet but this had a nice balanced bitter and medium level sherry booze and the sherry really accents this nicely. Sweet heavy mouthfeel but with adequate carbonation to keep this from being syrupy. Overall a really nice treatment on this that makes for a beautiful after dinner drink with a nicely complex flavor profile.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
olr1984 (1418) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2013
2010 11oz bottle pours a light caramel with lots of sediment. Big oak aroma. Taste is the same with a vanilla finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
evapjep (7) - Castle Rock, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2013 does not count
sediment is high and takes from the color, 2008 batch, wonderful to sip on! Might get another.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfearnley (1415) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2013
2006 bottle to IPA glass Aroma of cherry, alcohol, cashew, and wood Deep amber, tons of particulates, no head Very cloying syrup to start, then smoky wood, then sherry. This is very interesting, but not great because of the sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (8949) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle - Vintage 2006 - Rum, raisin, barrel notes, booze, brown sugar and many vintage port notes. Murky brown with no head. Soured wood, nutty and brown sugar. The woody sour notes are overwhelming, this may be past it’s prime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremyh70 (927) - Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2013
2008 edition. Pours a very hazy dark orange color with little head or lacing. Aroma is sweet with toffee and overripe fruit, brown sugar and some mustiness. Taste is the same with big flavors of toffee and fruit with brown sugar sweetness and nuttiness. Also sherry and light alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium full body and low carbonation. A big sweetness from the malt and fruit flavors but very smooth and rounded. Too sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
S_Side_Smitty (625) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2013
2010 vintage. Pours cloudy brown with a minimal light tan head. Aroma is old, slightly musty, oak and mellowed malts. Taste is initially old wood, then comes the peppery sweetness followed by milk chocolate-like malts that do this amazing transformation into a beautiful sherry finish. The 11.5% ABV is well hidden. This one and the Port Cask version are top of the line. Stock up on them if you can. They only get better.

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