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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry)

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94
style
Formerly brewed at J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 373   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


Doppelganger's rating

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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (959) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2015
2005 vintage. Murky brown pour with little carbonation. Aroma was big sweet fruits, cake, brown sugar, booze, caramel. Flavors were sweet with big sherry notes throughout. Super smooth and mellow with good boozy notes. More sweet fruits and cake. Syrupy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Finish was sweet, lightly bitter. Not bad for a ten year old barley wine. Super smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (6881) - Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle 2005 vintage. Pours a deep amber color with a small off white head. The nose is all barleywine; sweet caramel malts, fruits, raisins, some vanilla, and vinous character. The sherry is there, but not up front. The flavor is just the opposite with the other flavor working hard to appear from behind the wall that is sherry. Overall I enjoyed this beer, but the sherry could be less in your face with this one. Thick and syrupy in the mouth. Definitely a sipper.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (5569) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
pours clear golden orange with a nice reviving off-white cap, nice lacing. candied golden raisins, honey and barley sugars - cloying; lightly smoked and salty maltiness, charred wood, umami hint. light to low carbonation, medium-full body - oily and syrupy; cloying spicy-smoky finish. alcohol is well integrated but smokiness is almost embarrassing. then again, perhaps sherry casks also held a scotch? tasting regular harvest proved to also be smoky. mysterious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
johnnymusky (544) - Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2015
bottle from dusty...2012 vintage...crazy good beer...Brian the regular gives it 5 stiffees...one of the best beers i have ever tried....wow!...(#455)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2905) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2015
Shared 9.3 oz. 2008 bottle poured to snifters, showing a cloudy, brown tone, with a light, quickly diminishing layer of tan foam, light dots, and a lightly viscous, leggy film on the glass. The nose was toffee, caramel sweetness, some dried fruit, and a hint of smoky ham. The taste was similar, adding some alcohol/sherry warmth, and syrupy sweetness to the palate. A mellowed but tasty sipper.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (5894) - 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 (3105) - 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 (13850) - 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 (404) - 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 (1663) - 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.


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