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


on tap

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RATINGS: 997   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Luvystypotables (397) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Aroma of grain, especially corn, amber colour slightly cloudy. Taste of grain especially corn, and alcohol. Palate of gain and alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olr1984 (921) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2013
12oz 2008 bottle pours a dark hazy amber brown with a small tan head. Big flavor of sweet malt caramel vanilla. Nice sipper beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Bottle from 1996 thanks to Paul, shared while watching football with Paul, Andy, and Max. Pours a clear brown with a thin white head. Lots of chocolate on the nose, cocoa and warm malt. A touch of oxidization, but not as much as Iíd expect for a beer this old. A bit of maple syrup. Quite sweet, a touch of oxidization, malt, sweetness, warm and toasty. Chewy sweet malt. Rather tasty actually. But still a touch too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
keepersj12 (2563) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Pours a hazy amber with no head. The aroma is butterscotch. The taste has the butterscotch and some booze. Very sticky in the mouth. November 2012 release date from Roger Wilco in Sicklerville. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NielsenRatings (8279) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Bottle @ home, courtesy of a generous trader. Thanks! 2009 vintage. Pours a murky, orangish brown appearance with a thin light brown head. Chewy herbal, bready, rich caramel, dark fruity, a bit woody aroma. Soy sauce, tobacco, plum, raisin, dark fruity, very woody, quite boozy, very sweet flavor. Quite hard for me to drink more than even a few sips. Not my type of barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhgrantjr (416) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Poured from bottle purchased at Beverage World: 1999 Vintage. Pours a deep brown color with small tan head. Aroma of dates, sugar, malts, dark fruit, sweet smell. Complex aroma. Taste is really sweet, hardly no alcohol taste. Amazing. Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, stays on your tongue. I like this beer, but I should have share it with others as a sipping beer. Very similar to a port without the bite. However, I think this one cellered too long. It is awfully sweet. Can't finish the whole bottle. Gets thicker and sweeter as it warms. M - Mouthfeel is pretty full and somewhat sticky. Very smooth. O - It would be interesting to try a fresher bottle to see how the hops integrate with the other flavors, but this was a very tasty brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (5067) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle @ Home. 2008 vintage. Pours deep golden with a fading offwhite head, loads of floaties. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, wood, some sweet fruit, slight oxidation, madaria, little alcohol. Flavor is rich sweet malts, caramel, wood, coconut, tobaco, little oxidated, sweet dark fruits, booze. Full body, flat carbonation, warming alcoholic finish. 060713

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sfontain (770) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Rating #700. 2009 vintage, 9 oz single bottle, purchased today (7/5/2013) at The Andersons, $6.99. This is an utter freaking monstrosity of a beer, probably the most unusual thing Iíve ever had. So full of floating chunks of yeast that itís nearly opaque; murky brown; smaller creamy off-white head dissipates into a ring; virtually no lacing. One word describes this beer: Tobacco. Itís like drinking an unlit cigar, seriously. First whiff blew my mind, but not entirely in a good way; aroma is tobacco with mulch, rotten banana, earthworms, whiskey, pear or apple, sweet, raisin, brown sugar, malt. Flavor is ridiculously unusual; tobacco, leather, alcohol is barely present in the finish but virtually undetectable, composting vegetables, port, cigar, caramel, dirt, vines. More cloying than 4-year-old Dark Lord. I appreciate how unusual this is, but Iíd be lying if I said I enjoyed drinking all 9 ounces of this. Super oily, thick, almost no carbonation. I get why this is so expensive now, and this may be the most Jekyll & Hyde rating Iíll ever write; I have an intense appreciation for what this is and what it could be, but I simply donít like it. God, do I want to love this, but at the same time it kind of makes me want to throw up, and I even wonder if this bottle might be infected. Wow...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (1319) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Profoundly sweet. Very bitter. Huge beer. 2011 vintage. Needs time yet but will be a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
9.3 oz bottle into a snifter. 2009 vintage. A: Pours a rather murky dark brown color. Very little head is featured here, just a thin collar thatís white with big bubbles. Not to mention, further examination reveals some huge white-colored chunks of sediment. This is what we in the business call "ass-ugly". S: Wow. This is hugely sweet - almost like a barleywine thatís been distilled even further. Huge dark fruit and caramel sweetness abounds, with plenty of underlying chocolate. I also detect some toffee and some mellow earthiness. Fascinatingly rich, if perhaps a touch too sweet. T: Indeed, this is one sweet bitch. It opens with plenty of caramel maltiness and dark fruit esters. After the midpoint, the focus switches more to toffee, vanilla, tobacco, and chocolate. Alcohol is mildly prevalent on the back end, but takes on an excellent character, more similar to rum than vodka. After about 3 oz, it does transcend into the realm of "too sweet", with its strong toffee notes ultimately becoming the dominant flavor. Thereís good depth and complexity to compensate somewhat. M: The body does a decent job of keeping the sugary sweetness in check by slightly drying out on the finish, which has a side effect of intruding on the softness of the texture somewhat. Even with that, itís a heavy, smack-your-lips sweet brew, with almost no carbonation. O: Well, itís everything a dessert barleywine should be - big, rich, complex, and decadent. However, even at 9.3 oz, this is best split between two people due to how cloying it is. Compare that to, say, Sucaba, which I can finish a 750ml bottle of with little trouble. Absolutely worth trying...just donít drink it before dinner.

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