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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1065   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McWorta (1407) - LUXEMBOURG - SEP 9, 2015
Clear dark amber with a pillowy beige head and good lacings. Aromas of caramel, hay, herbs, lightly burnt toffee and sweet bread develops with noticeable notes of caramelised dates and dried prunes/raisins. Faintly carbonated with a slick-velvety texture and a full body. Sweet throughout with flavours offering caramelised fruit-bread, pretty alcohol aromatic, offers a very light bitter herbal stinge on the back of the palate. Lasting sweet velvety finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swamp_Thing (49) - Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2015
2013 vintage. Sweet apple on the nose. Caramel, toffee, on the sweet side but well balanced with alcohol. An excellent dessert beer instead of a port, but only then due to the sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ManVsBeer (8286) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle from Manchester Xmas markets. Orange-bronze with next to no head. Extremely strong tasting, although you’ll notice this first in its nose. Has a sticky sweetness with a lingering alcohol aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GTAEgeek (1870) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2015
2010 vintage on tap at the Brick Store, for their 18th anniversary. Poured into a teku glass, with a hazy, dark orange color and a medium, beige, off-white head. Nose is heavy caramel, vanilla, orange peel, pine, and uncharred oak. The finish has a distinct quinine character. Sweet and malty flavor, with a surprising amount of bitterness for the age. Heavy body, syrupy, and a little sharp and sugary. This is a very effervescent and wonderfully aromatic beer, with a well balanced flavor.

   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 (1154) - 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 (2218) - 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 (9533) - 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 (7470) - 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 (1832) - 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.

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