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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry)

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

bottled
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RATINGS: 357   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


pintbypint's rating

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (2567) - Edmonton, Alberta, - JAN 21, 2012
RBAG. FROM 330ml brown bottle. Murky dark brown. Thin whitish film of foam. Nose has big grains, caramel and toffee, light alcohol. sweet tase, brown sugar and toffee, hints of tobacco. Brown sugary and tobacco in the finish. Full body, light fine carbonation. Excellent, sweet but very satisfying. 2004 bottle.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (2234) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle from 2010 shared tonight at the cookout. Slightly hazy deep brown color with a minimal bubbly off white head. Aromas of caramel and brown sugar with bits of fruity esters and a touch of earthy and sherry. The flavor is rich and sweet with caramel maltiness offset with some fruity vinous notes. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent beer, my first time having the sherry version. I think its either inferior to the regular harvest ale or in a weird aging stage that leaves a bit to be desired before its a stellar brew again. I’m hoping for the later and an opportunity to try this again with some more age.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (339) - - MAY 30, 2014
9.3 oz bottle is 2007 Vintage. Pours a clear still reddish copper with large amount of sediment. Aroma is booze, port, wood, slight oxidation. Flavor is bold and complex: sweet dark fruit, caramel, toffee, earthy smoked wood, tannins, and a sweet dry finish. Medium to full-bodied, a nice sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (1735) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s tasting, 2005 edition. Sweet and fruity, caramel, raisins.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (2941) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
275ml bottle from Craig. Pours pale brown, no head. Aromas are nit surprisingly, sherry, boozy. Taste is rich sherry, boozy fruit. Very nice. Best of the ones tried.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (2200) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
Bottle. Clear mahogany with no head. Aroma of sherry, dried Fruits. Taste of dried fruit, raisins, prune, sherry. Sweet and bitter. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McNeillR (1122) - SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
Clear, headless auburn. Vinious, wee bit rusty/oxidised. Lightest wood, floral and sweated apple. Sticky, light figs and maple. Similar but a bit more boozy on the finish. Again amazing soft cloying, lasting and a bit dry.

Bottle, Cheers CAGarvieUK, 2005 bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weaselkenievil (1608)
- Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
Bottle at home watching the awesome Eddie Alvarez do his stuff. Dark amber brown with a medium to thick off white yellowed head. Aroma of light sherry, marzipan, treacle toffee, caramel, fruitcake. Flavour is sweet malts, sherry and wood, caramel. Palate is rich but not too much for a barley wine. Loving this. One of Manchester’s finest beers!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jamesthebrit (238) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2014
Pretty sure this is not retired. Anyway this would be the last one if not for a certain different site banning me for no reason. It was for the best. You want a beer to smell good... Holy crap this is it. Apples. Citrus lemon note. A tinge of boozy. Some bread. Almost like a bees wax note. Looks.. Rustic. Hazy redish brown oak color. Minimal head. Taste is like the smell. Very sweet (I think sherry is sweet?) a wine like note. A little bready a little yeasty a little oak. Citrus on the finish. Apple. Pear. Honey! That’s what it is. Big honey note. Palate is perrrrrrfect. Medium body. Sits smooth. Goes down smooth. Great flavor development. These beers are amazing beers. This one has more of a sweetness compared to the others but is still very balanced. Tons of flavor and better on the palate than the others. Would love to do a tasting with all of them but.... $$$$$. Totally worth is.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (3371) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 14, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. 2011 bottle. Pours orange with a small head, aroma of glue, cherry, wood, honey and vanilla, flavor is round with oak, wine, fruity, zesty, sweet, full bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerenmk (2199) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks zvikar. 2011 bottle. Hazy amber, white head. Malt, bread and date honey aroma, sweet, rich taste, a little medicinal. Smooth, no carbonation, cherry finish.


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