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

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RATINGS: 1013   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2901) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2014
bottle. 2009. deep amber with major sediment chunks. very sweet with a bit of sherry. moderate booze. dark fruit. any hops are long gone.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2123) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle from Beers Of Europe [050514]
Ruby golden amber, great colour, clear, off white head, good lacing
Aroma of caramel malts, sodft sherry, caramelised fruits, rich sugars, soft alcohol, light liquorice
Taste of sweet caramel, soft syrup, sweet toffee, sweet sherry, rich, toasted sugars, hint of sweet honey, sweet fruits, drinkable for the abv
Palate - soft carb, full body, oily, rich very sweet malts, alcohol cuts through the sweetness and works well here. Finish - very smooth, sweet, caramelised toffee sugar linger...like the caramel sugar stuff that set hard on the outside of toffee apples
Overall - Really good tasting barley wine, perhaps a bit too sweet though - certainly a sipper

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3303) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours cloudy amber, small quickly dissipating off-white head, some lacing. Aroma is quite strong, malty, carmel, toffee, red wine, dried fruits. Flavor follows, medium sweet and just a bit of bitterness, lots of malt sugar notes, some dark breads, a bit of spiced rum. Fullish body, creamy but a bit chalky. Good beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JJ1 (4) - - MAY 1, 2014 does not count
This is truly delicious. Super pungent with sweet start And finish plus full of flavor

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (3594) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
275ml bottle via Craig. 2006 version. Pours opaque dark brown, no head. Rich dried fruit aromas, sherry and Christmas cake. Taste is boozy, nutty, cardboard. Sticky finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McNeillR (1239) - SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
Auburn brown, clear and headless. Dank Christmas cake. Really sweet roasted, clean and chewy enough. Silky cloying throughout. Soft smooth shelled light roasted and clear cut peanut on the linger. Honey roast cashew with the final call.

Bottle, Cheers CAGarvieUK, 2006 bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3885)
- Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
09 Version: 275ml poured carefully into a Chimay goblet on Saint Georges’ Day in 2014. Slight haze to my pour, a dull reddy brown body sat below a collar and wisp of white semi-bubbles. Rich aroma of sweet fruits with a sweet sherry feel. The taste is also along the same lines. Didn’t realise how sweet this would be, good job I’ve got a sweet tooth. Smooth and far too easy to sip, plums soaked in sherry comes to mind: did I mention it was sweet?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1429) - Florida, USA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle from Tipples, 11-2012 release. Pours murky reddish orange as all the versions do, with essentially no head at all on top. Beautiful aroma of toffee, figs, pears, plums, sweet caramel. Smells rich and sweet. Flavor is a beautiful nutty toffee fruit flavor. Pecans and caramel galore with an extra sweet fruit character like pears and figs. Really nice. Sweet full mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. A very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1276) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2014
2006. Gold color with zero head. Low carb, nearly still. Touch of cigarettes amidst the caramel malts. The de facto English Barleywine; so much caramel. Drinking great right now.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onslow (1183) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2014
2010 Vintage. Pour from 90.3 fl oz bottle. Murky muddy brown brew with no head. Aroma of dark fruit and sweet malts. Taste is sweet malt, honey, dark fruit, sugar, alcohol. The finish time warped me back to the days when I drank instant Korean ginseng tea - little packets of dry ginseng extract. Exactly the same earthy taste at the very end. Weird, strong - just noticed that this one bottle cost $8... Yikes - just noticed that I paid $8 for this one bottle. I always thought that ginseng would be a good flavoring in beer and I think I was right.


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