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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1043   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 16/20
connor0415 (65) - - MAR 21, 2015
2010 vintage, opened 2015. Pours a caramel brown with no head. Smells of brown sugar, honey, caramel, oak and vanilla. Tastes mostly of oak, some char and a lot of sweetness. No hop character at all, I get little bits of whiskey and a lot of vanilla in the finish. The consistency is very syrupy, almost no carbonation. Great English barleywine, a bit oxidized but it is 5 years old

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3035) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Aroma: fruit vegetable. Appearance: hazy orange, thin head. Flavor: fruit, slight vegetable, spicy, bread. Medium in body. Finish: sweet, slight pine, metal. Good not great

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flatmatt (1316) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Autumn 2012, 275 mL bottle. Pours a murky amber with an off-white head. Doughy cereal and red apple aromas, a bit of honey. Flavor is fairly oxidized caramel malt, apple fruitiness, something of an alcohol presence. Interesting, but I think too much oxidation in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (3332) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
Christmas beer 4. 2013 vintage Bottle from beersofeurope. Dark copper beer with small head. Aroma of treacle, alcohol and sweet malt. Taste is sweet malts, almonds, treacle and some alcohol. Very sweet and boozy. Very oily on the palate. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Classic barley wine. Lots of dark fruit like plums and raisin. Toffee and some oxidized sherry notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2014
8/24/2010. From bottle. 2009 edition. Dark amber with an off-white head. Sweet caramel aromas with dried fruit and bready notes. Brown sugar, alcohol, caramel and some earthy flavors. A bit of alcohol burn. Good stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2015 Bottle: Thanks, Travis. 1999 vintage. Murky copper body, slightly hazed with a few bubbles that rise to the surface to form a thin, beige collar. No real "head"... Then again, this is about 15 years old. Huge raisin aroma, red licorice, mint leaves, caramelized sugars, sherry, anise, & some stale toffee. Sticky caramel flavor, toffee candy, mild papery oxidation notes, raisins, prunes, boozy sherry & almost Cognac-like warmth. Licorice heavy on the palate, too, almost more like black licorice than red, unlike the aroma. Some burnt sugars in the finish, more heavy dark fruit. Seems a little "stale", front to back, plus oxidation is pretty evident, although not a complete buzz kill. Cool beer, glad to try it but sadly I didn’t love it quite like the masses. Could be the age? Would love to try another vintage, hopefully younger. [Score: 5-3-5-4-10, 2.7]

Bottle: Another 1995 thanks to Ryan. This bottle was a little better than the previous ’95 I had. Huge plum puree aroma, lots of red wine & grape noise with only a mild sherry-esque oxidation. Obviously bottle provenance counts for something. Super sweet & thick liquid toffee flavor. A bit on the sweet side, but not bad. [Score: 6-3-6-4-11, 3.0]

Bottle: 2005 vintage, thanks Ryan. Looks gross, tons of chunky yeast sediment all over the place. Smell of this one has lots of tobacco, leather, sherry, & even some peaty smoke notes atop the caramel underbody. Almost like Hair of the Dog terroir, but not quite as composed. More heavily sweet caramel cake flavor with notes of chocolate, anise, butterscotch, & liquid Werther’s. Still quite sweet, but a few ounces of this was pretty nice. [Score: 7-2-7-4-13, 3.3]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichTheVillan (5199) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle from SarkyNorthener cheers Martin; hazy orange/brown pour with a thin off white head, booze and marmalade aroma, taste has rich dark fruits, fig, almost sherry like in flavour, very sweet with caramel, some nutty action, ABV present, perfect autumn beer or winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (2379) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle from Booth’s in Ripon. Pours amber with a thin cream head. Full of intense maramalade flavour. Sweet and syrupy at first before the marmalade and caramel notes. Finishes bitter. The alcohol is pleasant and warming. Interesting, different and really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phikus (96) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
2011. This is a lot lighter than any other barleywine i have had.Aroma of raisins caramel and fruit. The taste is toffee like fruitiness, mustiness very little hop presence except for balance. Rather sweet almost cloying. I prefer american barleywines

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