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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1010   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (5812) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle shared at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. 2012 bottle. Autumn Limited Edition. Hazy amber. Big malty aroma, caramelly, vinous, with some sherry, some fruitiness and cookies,. Sweet flavor, malty, caramelly, cookie-ish, with fruitiness and sherry, a bit alcoholic. Medium to full-bodied, quite rounded. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (3417) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 26, 2013
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Dancing Camel Pub Florentin. Autumn Limited Edition. Pours orange clear with a small head, aroma of fruits, toffee, wood, fresh fruits, dried fruits, cherry and vanilla, flavor of soy sauce, fruits, wood, sweetness, cherry, port, nice bitterness, tasty, full bodied

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike5326 (923) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Cloudy light brown color, no head. Sweet candy smell. Oily body with a high alcohol flavor and a candy like finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Luvystypotables (668) - 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 (1079) - 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 (6603) - 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 I’d 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 (2693) - 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
adnielsen (9107) - 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 (417) - 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 (5963) - 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

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