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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 20, 2010
Bottle 275ml.
[ Trade by GAManiac ]. Clear medium amber orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, toasted, bread, wood, sherry, alcohol, light oxidide malt. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, plums, dried fruit, alcohol warm. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy - syrupy and sticky, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20100417]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (37019) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2008
27.5 cL bottle. Pours hazy brown with a lacing white head. Dense fruity aroma, solid malt aromatic. Sweet caramel and mild fruity flavour. Solid malt flavour, light roasted. Ends with a long lingering yet light roasted malt flavour and quite smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (31467) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2005
A dark amber beer with a disappearing beige head. The aroma is woody with notes of sherry as well as light notes of alcohol. The flavor is sweet with lots of caramel as well as alcohol and hints of sherry. The mouthfeel is sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2008
(Bottle 27,5 cl) Courtesy of boboski. Hazy amber golden with a small, off-white head. Somewhat special tobacco aroma - fresh tobacco leaves. Quite full-bodied, sweetish - even sugary - oxidized sherry notes and then again fresh tobacco. A little salty perhaps. Absolutely no bitterness. 200608

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (20464) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2006
Bottle. 2003 vintage. Pours a clear copper colour with a small off-white head. Dry malty, dusty yeasty aroma with hints of fruits and wood. Sweet malty dusty slightly fruity cherry flavor with some woody hints. Long malty aftertaste with woody hints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (19648) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2011
18th January 2009
2007 Bottle. Hazy amber brown beer. A few white suds. Low carbonation. Not as sweet as the other Harvests. Has a soft feel. A little burnt toffee and just a sublte sherry tone. Nice beer but lacks the wow factor of the Port and the Calvados. Maybe should have been barrelled for longer?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cgarvieuk (18514) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2009
UPDATED: APR 25, 2014 Bottle at Cropredy from my DLD haul ... deep brown ... sweet fruity malts ... wouch of wine nose ... sweet syrupy toffee ... rich malts ...vanilla .. very juicy and soft and rich and plummy... little dusty toffee... wonderfully sublime.

wow 2005 bottle make me want to know hat my original bottle was .. drunk 2014 ... deeep copper ... soft fruits ... big cardboard ...oxidised nose ... dark sweet toffee fruits ... big berry .. rish sweet blackcurrant malts ... 3.7

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (17672) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2010
2006 bottle, shared with Judy, Matthew and Dennis. Muddy copper color, no head, no lacing. Aroma of port wine, madeira. Taste has prunes, raisins, caramel. No bitterness at all. Amazing stuff, great character and complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2012
2012-12-08, vintage 2005, 7 years old, 7-5-8-4-17=41
Hazy dark amber color, with small sized creamy head. At first there is a whiff of oxidization; then the aroma is malty, with light chestnut honey, similar to mead. The malt flavor is rich, delicious as usual from J.W. Lees, sweet, round, almost honeyish, with some toffee, caramel, impression of sweet nuts, almost no oxidization, and comforting alcohol warmth.
This one is the most Barley Wine of tonight’s parallel tasting, the most elegant.

2008-06-20, vintage 2004, 4 years old, 8-4-9-4-17=42
great thanks to Papsoe for sharing!

Hazy dark amber color. Sweet malt aroma. It has a full mouthfeel, with full malt flavor, very sweet, classic English Barley Wine, with minimum bitterness. Almost syrupy at the end, but luckily there is some more caramel and bitterness. It may be my imagination, but I feel some cherries both in the aroma and flavor. In complexity, it’s second to the Lagavulin only. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (15317) - 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.

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