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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
unknown

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RATINGS: 368   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.


ChillCoat's rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Bottle. Brewed in 2004. Pours an amber color with an ivory head. Sweet and boozy aroma with caramel and raisin notes. Pretty high carbonation. Brown sugar and caramel flavors with a predominant sherry overtone. Oaky vanilla notes throughout. Finishes very clean and hides the alcohol well. Some cigar notes as it warms.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (4938) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2015
2011 bottle thanks to Paul. Pours a pale orange with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong sherry and smoke. Medium mouth, nice booze, sweet malts, wood, light dryness, very nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerViking (2878) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2014
The tail end of a shared bottle, hazy brown with a small head, musty alcoholic palate, gunky.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (13032) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell - thanks to the Cad. Pours clear orange with a frothy, off-white head. Interesting nose with pale wood, white bread, honey, aged fruits, marmalade. Medium to big sweet, subtly peaty, with some honey and caramel, yeast, pale bread. Full bodied, lightly oily, with fine carbonation. Warming finish with creamy, ripe citrus fruits, peach, further peat notes. Incredibly drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tillmac62 (337) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2014
BOD 2013. Pours a hazy medium amber with a dark ruby hue. Above average head volume, exceptional lacing and retention. Light nose of sweet fruit (plum), caramel and toasted brown sugar over a light sherry alcohol note. Medium body with a texture that approaches creamy. Below normal carbonation with just a hint of effervescence in the finish. The flavor profile is very intense, very complex and somewhat balanced considering the intensity. It begins with a malt bomb assault of sweetness that is caramel and toasted brown sugar. As the sweetness subsides (it never really leaves) notes of plum emerge over a slight note of nuts. The middle is where the alcohol predominates with a sherry undertone over a sweetness that is honey like. The finish is a slow fade of sherry like alcohol over a honey like sweetness. The lack of balance is what holds this one back from being outstanding.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1536) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
Cloudy brown with a small pale head. Aroma is raisins, sherry, dates, honey. Medium-full bodied, slightly sticky mouthfeel, sweet and lightly fruity on the palate. Taste is sherry, raisins, honey, dried apricots, gooseberries.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2301) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Amber brown in color with quite a bit of sediment. Boozy, sweet, syrupy aroma. Thick and sweet; barley forward with sweet fruity edges and walnut and wood notes. Notes: Brewed in 2005, opened Dec ’14

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1228) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle shared by Dan. 2005 vintage. Small snifters at home. Pours a muddy brown with a slight head that lasted 10 seconds. The aroma is heavy malts, toffee, caramel, vanilla, sweet sugars, and oak. The taste was really solid with the malts, caramels, toffees, dark fruits, and cream. Sweet, but not cloying. Finish is slight booze, sweet, and rather dry.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (641) - SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2014
2006. Buttery beautiful nose. Beautifully rich. Full sap nose though slightly less full.Raisins. Sherry perhaps makes if a bit drier and a bit more austere.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1641) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2014
2012 bottle->snifter. Hazy dark copper with small lite tan head that quickly dissipates. A: bready malt, brown, sugar, sherry, oak. T: creamy sherry and caramel malt, dried fruit, candied sugar. Smooth texture. Almost too sweet, but really good overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2368) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle. Heavy nutty and cookie for the malt, heavy cooked orange for the hops, meaty broth and a hint of mustiness for the yeast, with notes of raisin, dates, toffee, brown sugar and sherry. There’s no head, but has good legs. Color is muddy brown. Flavor starts harshly sweet and finishes the same. Palate beyond full bodied, syrupy in texture and there was no carbonation. Looks like mud, tastes like English toffee. Nice complex Barley Wine.


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