Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Vintage. Pours a hazy orange color with very littl ehead. The aroma is a lot of sweet honey, dark fruits, and a little alcohol. The flavor has some honey and caramel characters to it that present a nice (not overpowering) sweetness and a subtle cherry undertone as well. At times there is a nice nutty character to this, guessing from the sherry casks. The sherry and alcohol flavors are present and the beer has a great, smooth, mouthfeel. Very good barleywine and gives the calvados a run for its money.
jeremyh70 (496) - Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
S_Side_Smitty (333) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
SamP01 (477) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
9.3oz bottle. Pours a dark rusted cloudy orange brown with a quickly fading small white head. Aroma of sweet fruit , caramel and toffee notes, with some sweet alcohol esters. Taste same as aroma with some fine notes of aged sherry cask wood flavors with light hops notes and sweet alcohol. Palate is a full body and flavor, smooth and sweet sherry cask notes with mild carbonation. Finishes is sweet, fruity, with some nice caramel and toffee flavors and sweet aged sherry cask woody notes with alcohol lingering awhile. Overall a very good, flavorful brew.
Miked1687 (465) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brewed in 2006 bottle. Dark mahogany pour with no head. Nose is rich toffee and tons of Sherry. Taste is sweet fruits, lots of raisin. Sherry notes interwoven throughout. No carbonation, very little bitterness. A little too sweet.
stchloe (738) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Its a beautiful pour, sweet like port but heavier, and a heavy note of alcohol and sherry especially.
BOSSbrewer (1030) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 5, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Fantastic. Beautiful plum color. Sweet but not syrupy. Rich complex flavors. Wonderful beer.
blutt59 (5877) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle, thanks to brewtopia, orange color with no head, brown sugar, almond biscotti aroma, flavor of gingerbread, cinnamon, brioche, great sherry and biscuit finish
Blairgus (2195) - California, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
20 May 2013, bottle. orange, faint sediment, steady bubbles, no head. nose is nutty, bread, alcohol, some red fruit. wouldn’t say there is any real sherry on the nose. full, syrupy body and almost flat. sherry really comes out in the flavour. med dry sherry, fairly nutty, big syrupy alcohol. decent.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Common rating for all four Lees Harvest barrel variations. Fun side-by-side comparison I did with all four Lees Harvest barrel variants as well as regular base beer. Separate rating for regular version because just too different from the barrel variations.
How: Bottle 275ml, side-by-side comparison of Lees Harvest and all 4 barrel variants. All bottle aged a couple of years.
The look: Mostly clear dark amber body topped by a small beige head. All four variants had sediments. Calvados version had a little more head. Lagavulin version was a little darker.
In long: Nose has plenty of wood barrels (old wet wood sensation) and fruity esters. Taste is very rich, plenty of caramel, sweet apple pie, pastry, wood barrels, light nutty notes. All barrel variants were very sweet but less sticky-syrupy than the regular base beer. The alcohol was a bit apparent in all four barrel version while it has plenty of places to hide in the uber-thick body of the base beer. Carbonation was on the soft side in all barrel variations. All four beers proposed a very sweet attack leading to a somewhat astringent woody finish.
Calvados barrel (8-4-8-4-16 = 4.0): Somehow the most richly caramelized of the bunch. Rich maltiness more prominent but still some refreshing fruity notes. Wood barrels better integrated. Less astringent finish. My favourite of the bunch.
Lagavulin barrel (6-3-6-4-13 = 3.2): More woody and therefore a bit more astringent. More earthy/peaty, borderline smoky. Presence of phenols phenolic I didn’t get from other barrel variations and alcohol a bit more apparent than in other variations. Might be something wrong with this particular bottle but it was my least favorite bar far.
Port barrel (7-3-8-4-14 = 3.6): More of a fruity dessert character. Somewhat similar to Sherry variant but with fruity flavors less of the “refreshing” kind.
Sherry barrel (8-3-8-4-15 = 3.8): More refreshing fruity flavors (light color tropical fruits and others..) and a mild tartness. Somewhat very similar to Port version except with more refreshing fruitiness.
Bottom line: I was surprised at how similar all four barrel variants were, there are obviously some differences but less than I expected. The Lagavulin had a few off flavors but I a bottle in poor shape. Also I just couldn’t recognize the regular Lees Harvest in any of them, all four barrel variations were totally different from the regular Lees Harvest but similar to each other. A comparison between the four barrel variations is a fun thing to do but adding the base beer to this experience is useless and will just get you more drunk, like I did. Doing this side-by-side comparison was a fun scientific experiment, and my only real regret in donating my body to science is I won’t be there to see the doctor exclaims “what the fuck is that?!?” when he sees my liver.
DrSilverworm (4020) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
9.3oz bottle, shared with taylor. Hazy, darker orange-yellow color. Good, thin, slightly off-white, kind of bubbly head. Decent dots of lace. Definite dark fruit aroma in the nose, pretty fermenty, definitely musty. Some candi-sugar. Definitely smells sweet. Big body. Lighter, smooth carbonation. More dry texture. Some cloying sweetness in the finish. Tolerable with my half size portion, but still just OK