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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1039   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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
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 (4836) - 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 (2238) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (771) - SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2014
2006. Really nice nose. Still very fresh& pure.Rich. Such density yet still remarkably supple.Such density. So much from the centre. Dark crystalline reddy rich brown. Brown sugar quality with a honey roasted nut quality. So rich. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1841) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle of the 2010. Hazy light brown with some suspended matter, small pale head. Aroma is raisins, dates, honey, dried fruits, orange peel. Full bodied, lightly sticky on the palate, well balanced. Taste is orange peel, caramel, pomegranate flesh, candied apple, brown sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danlo (1737) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
275ml bottle, 2002 vintage, from Tuckers Maltings. Pours a dark copper brown colour with a very thin beige head. Aroma of malt, toffee, caramel, molasses, dark fruits. Sweet malty flavour, with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, honey, raisins, plum and some lingering nutty and earthy grassy light bitter notes. Thick mouthfeel, full bodied, soft carbonation, residual sweet and dry nutty finish. Very sippable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (7438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"sampled 2001 and 2008 vintage together 11/27/10. 01 pours dark, 08 is golden. both smell incredibly sweet, the former being in aroma and flavor like booz soaked raisinettes. the 08 smelled very good, but had a very odd off-putting component to the flavor. not too hot, like it needed age, but like something was in there that just didn’t fit. can’t quite put a finger on it, but the 01 was definitely better. don’t think i like this enough to bump it from 101 into the top 100, and at the price (almost a buck an ounce) there are better sippers, and better barleywines out there, though this was good. 01=4.0 08 = 3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EddieG1 (15) - Louisiana, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Nice golden brown color with rich aroma. Sweet raisin, prune, caramel taste balanced against barley, with subtle sourdough finish.

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