Brewed by J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 1065   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
Available filtered and pasteurised in 275ml dark glass bottles. Has appeared occasionally in cask.
This fully fermented strong ale has been brewed by J.W. Lees as a celebration of the brewers art since 1985. Harvest Ale can be enjoyed now or laid down like a vintage wine for enjoyment in years to come.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2004 89 vintage: This caramel-colored beer is heavily clouded (almost clumpy) from the yeast presence and forms a rich white head that quickly dissipates. The nose is intense with strong tawny port-like, doughy and raisiny hints, on a background of rich, toasted grains and maltiness. The palate is a meal unto itself. It is easily one of the yeastiest I have ever tasted—honey, rich bread and malty sweetness predominate. The finish is sweet, but not cloyingly so—there is a light nuance of hops that balances the medium-length finish. 99 vintage: A deep chestnut hued beer with a small, fizzy white head. The nose is heavy and sweet with notes of raisins, pears, dough and nutty malt. The palate is sweet unlike other beers I have tried with honeyed bread, heavy malt, unroasted barley a dry tannic structure that pops in toward the finish. The finish is drier than the palate, but still retains extreme honeyed qualities, rich yeastiness and light tannins. Needs age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
2001 vintage. Sweet is what I get. Alcohol burn sweet. Malt sweet. Thick sweet. Sweet. Nice body and looks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2003

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazz88 (2655) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 21, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2003 Bottle of the 1999 vintage. A delicious looking reddish brown color with a thin laced tan head. The aroma is first class all the way with apple, plums, raisins, caramel, toffee and sweet malts. A plush, smooth, rich and creamy feel with maple, molasses, caramel and earthy tones which bring this beer to life and deliver all that is asked. Rating #800. Re-Review of the 2000 and 2001 vintages: The 2001 is much worse than the 2000 and 1999 vintages at this point. A heavy biscut and rasin flavor in the 2001 vintage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (6010) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003 Tasted 1997 and 2000 back to back - numerical rating for 1997. 2000: Orange colored, Fruity, peppery, lighter on the tongue than the 1997, much more carbonation. Alcohol is much more noticeable. 1997: Almost delicate. Much darker in color, almost brown, no head. Notes of vanilla, butterscotch, very smooth. Maybe some oak comes out in the finish, as well as some nuttiness. Finishes a winey aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2003
1999 - Strong fruits (cherries) and warming alcohol (in welcome portions). Viscous, sweet, malty and relaxing. A 2 hour sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2003 1999 Bottle. Great malty and fruity aroma. This is one beer I really feel like I am eating and not drinking. Very sweet and malty flavor. Hoppy finish. Very Very full bodied. At Buckey Brewing I tried both port conditioned and calvados conditioned versions of this brew. Both were excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2003
2001 Vin. Nice amber color,aroma is that of malt and slightly alcohol.Head there really isn’t any.Flavor is sweet malty almost a cereal like taste in some way’sthe alcohol is very well hidden just get very lite hint’s of it.The sweetness seems to tame it quite a bit.it has a full feel to it kind of thick almost.All around i’d have to say it’s very well made and with some more age it will really stand out.Glad i have 4 more to age.Sweet after taste with some carmel notes as well as that warm alcohol feeling coming from it’s 11.5% nice very nice.if you haven’t tried one yet you have to.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rauchbier (3775) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2005 Bottled. Chestnut red, slight sediment, some head but thin and good condition. Incredible sherry aromas with some marzipan, thick and chewy sweet malt like a liqueur and mouthcoatingly luscious finish that lingers long on the lips and round the back of your teeth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (4033) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 1997 vintage. There are some very nice elements here. Produced a bit of head, to my surprise, then completely dissipating. Starts out like a Fullers Vintage on steroids, decent body despite a very heavy, stickiness. Flavors are in better balance than at first blush; I thought I was drinking a rum-raisin sauce at one point. Warming alcohol, mostly smooth, though burdened by its sweetness. A nice beer for Christmas Day 2002. Original rating: 7-4-9-3-15. // Re-rate in Jan. 2006, also 1997 vintage. Substantial head (uncharacteristic?), very dark for style. Sweet chocolate edge, most definitely, beautifully, like walking into a Leonidas shop in Belgium. Chocolate mint, too. Soy sauce issue emerges but who the hell cares when so much is going well? (10-4-8-4-18). Rating is a blend.

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