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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1061   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle. 2007 vintage. Copper pour with no head. Oak, syrup, caramel, toffee. A bit of medicine. Dessert wine like syrupy pour and body. Aged well but could have easily aged for several years. Nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (1141) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2015
1999, tasted 2015. Obviously super old but it aged well, pours a liquid dessert, all toffee, caramel, butterscotch. But just enough alcohol burn to balance it out, keeping from being cloying. Very pleasant and fun to have a 16 yo beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (1857) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. We did a side-by-side of 1999 and 2005 vintages. I liked the 1999 better, so that’s what my rating is based on. The pour is a clear bright orange-ish gold with a thin off white head and no real lace as it falls down. There is an absolute ton of butterscotch on this one that I love on the nose. There are lots of malts as well, accompanying a light fruit presence. There is a touch of oxidization, but it’s not bad at all, considering it’s 16 ish years old. The flavor is very similar. There is a good sweetness, and a touch of booze, but nothing overly dominating. They meld together beautifully. The mouth feel is thick and syrupy with a nice carbonation and a lingeringly sweet, caramel, malty aftertaste. Really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (8262) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
2007 bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with small off white head. The aroma is honey, candy sugar malt. Thin mouth, sweet malt, light roast, candy sugar, boozy, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (7040) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
2011 vintage. pours clear bright golden orange with a reviving off-white cap, nice lacing. candied sugars, cherries, spicy oranges, dusty and creamy biscuits, tobacco, sweet peat, some ashes, resin, dirt. low carbonation, medium-full body - oily and syrupy; cloying and lightly smoky-spicy finish. again, an odd smokiness, but this time not coming from any barrels.. abv well hidden. still a pleasant sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gary (1800) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2015 2013 vintage. I wars drunk as a skunk when I drank this ..I do kinda recall this being subdued and surprisingly hot n boozy ..Damn sweet. Meh drunk or not ,this was a let down . I might re-pete.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FestDecBeet (412) - - APR 22, 2015
Look: pours a dirty dish water brown. Very hazy. Off white head. Smell: big booze. Port wine. Sherry. Malty sweet. Slight bitterness like English sled are. Taste. Hot alcohol. Big sweetness. Toffee, caramel. Hints of port sweetness. Feel: nice thickness. Super sweet. Medium low carbonation. Overall: awesome beer. Love the overly sweet notes. First drank: home 4/22/15 Vintage: 2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (1100) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2015
9.3oz bottle - 2012 vintage - to snifter - pours a deep blood orange with thin white head that disappears quickly . Aromas of leather , tobacco and hints of dried fruits . Taste is sweet , mild toffee notes with a fruity finish . Very good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   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 (3078) - 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

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