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

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RATINGS: 1065   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2003

4.5
   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.

4
   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.

4
   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.

4.1
   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.

4.4
   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.

4.5
   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.

4.2
   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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