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


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RATINGS: 1030   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (5789) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McNeillR (1648) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4738)
- Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
09 Version: 275ml poured carefully into a Chimay goblet on Saint Georgesí 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. Didnít realise how sweet this would be, good job Iíve got a sweet tooth. Smooth and far too easy to sip, plums soaked in sherry comes to mind: did I mention it was sweet?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1659) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1313) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onslow (1247) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4562) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2014
2004 bottle from trade, shared with Yngwie as a treat for his great hospitality during the VANō annual gathering 2014. 10 years old, exciting stuff! :-) Pours a hazy, near-murky brown body with a tiny off-white head, disappearing quickly. Filtered and pasteurized, you say? Damn... :-P Nose is incredibly sweet and complex: nougat, toffee, sugar, raisins, caramel and hints of nuts and milk chocolate. Taste follows up with caramel, big chocolate tones, caramel, toffee, butterscotch and hints of cocoa butter, biscuits, nuts and bread crumbs. Full, oily body, soft carbonation (after 10 years, thatís no wonder really!) A smooth, yet thick and viscous English barley wine with loads of oxidized confection-oriented sweetness. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cliffdawg (4) - USA - MAR 26, 2014 does not count
2005 vintage. Very minimal carbonation, very delicious. Viscous and jammy love how the flavor stays on my pallet. Still really excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (4779) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2014
Poured reddish brown with no head. Aroma of meaty malt and sweet dark fruit, vinous. Full body, flavour of vanilla and toffee, alcohol soaked fruit.

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