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

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RATINGS: 1023   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4374) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2014
2004 bottle from trade, shared with Yngwie as a treat for his great hospitality during the VANØ 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, that’s no wonder really!) A smooth, yet thick and viscous English barley wine with loads of oxidized confection-oriented sweetness. I like it.

4.6
   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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (4029) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dEnk (4097) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is huge oxidized caramel raisin madness. Flavour is extremely sweet malty caramel molasses sugar horror.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (4369) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 7, 2014
275ml bottle [2012 vintage]. Cloudy reddish, dark copper to brown colour with late awakening, small, frothy, diminishing, minimally lacing, off-white head. Sweet-ish sherry aroma, hints of marzipan. Taste is sweet, notes of sherry, sugar powder, marzipan, cherry liquor, cautious hints of alcohol; very sweet, sticky, lasting finish with a dry touch of hazelnut parings. Fresh and sweet, relatively drinkable. Definitely worth cellaring.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilnatp (630) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2014
2010 vintage bottle. Opened and tasted 2/10/14 with the 2011 anniversary edition. This was leaps and bounds better except for the appearance. Pour was cloudy orange/brown with LOTS of sediment. Hardly any head at all. Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruit, raisin, caramel. Taste started sweet and transitioned to tart. Mouth-feel was buttery/oily and full with a lively subtle carbonation. Awesome beer. Both this and the anniversary edition have 11.5 ABV but it was a lot less perceivable in this brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (7345) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle thanks to Sarah! Pours a cloudy brownish gold with no head whatsoever. Aroma has a strong dough note with a good amount of caramel and toffee. Flavor has lots of caramel and toffee notes with some earthiness with a bit of peat coming out in the finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GenDV138 (2442) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2014
From notes (12/30/2013). Bottle (Vintage 2000) poured into a snifter. Pours a dark caramel brown color with not much of a head, just an off-white ring around the glass. Big raisins, caramel/brown sugar, warm dry finish, very rich. Very malt forward with minimal carbonation at this point. With how long this has been aging, the booze is well hidden at 11.5%

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jw0406 (849) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
2010 vintage pours a dark amber color with a small off white head. Aromas of dark fruit, vanilla, sweet malt. Full bodied, complex, great on a cold night

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrymel (1528) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Vintage 2002 A: Pours a deep chestnut brown with reddened hues. Little to no head formation. Scant foam formation. Rimmed edge with burnt cream. Lacing scant. Clarity is near excellent. Flecks of yeast in suspension. S: Waffles with maple syrup, real maple syrup. Brown sugar, malt. The smell is quite sweet. Evident plums, dark fruits, nuances of hazelnut and praline. T: Toasted graham, mallows, oral sex - this is that good. Dry, bready malt tones with exceptional weaving of the, once again, waffles with (real) maple syrup. Outstanding. My wife is next to me and I don’t really want to share. Oh yeah, praline and nougats. M: medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. I’ve likely shaken all the carb out of this. Slicks and numbs my palate - resonating the flavors. D: If I had another one in the fridge, I would be getting ready to pour it into another glass so it was the right temp when I moved onto it. Serving type: bottle 03-09-2011


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