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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1014   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrymel (1503) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (729) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
From notes: 11/2012 cellar release, 1 year old. Poured hazy orange-amber with a thin, 1/2 finger white head that quickly disappeared. Aroma is malty sweet with a leathery note. Full body, with a syrupy thickness and a lingering astringency in the finish. Very sweet malt flavor, with a bit of a medicinal note. Gives way to a lingering note of buttery leather that lingers in the finish. Further aging might tame the sweetness a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bif (1496) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Brewed in 2010. Pours a dark amber color, hazy with no head. Aroma of dark fruit, sherry, vanilla and spices. Taste of dark fruity sweetness, caramel with a bit of malt in the background. Distinct bitterness and a bit sticky, syrupy finish. Medium body, smooth with flavors becoming more intense as it warms. Nicely balanced with the 11.5% ABV very well hidden throughout. Very enjoyable barley wine. Nice sipper on a cold winter evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3324) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Just found some old notes on this one… 2001 vintage tasted in 2011. It pours a brown/amber color with no head. The aroma has a lot of port, honey, sherry, maple syrup, plums, raisins and vanilla. The flavor is thick with sherry, plums, prunes, maple syrup and honey. Syrupy mouthfeel, but super rich and tasty. Overall score 4.2 2006 vintage also tasted in 2011. It pours an orange color with light bubbles. Noticeably lighter that the 2001. The aroma has some orange fruit, raisins, honey and brown sugar. More fruity that the 2001, with sweaty caramel notes. The flavor is a bit oxidized with super sweet honey, caramel, almonds, oranges, raisins and port. Overall score 3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (6106) - 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 (3492) - 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 (938) - 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 (698) - 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 (1087) - 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 (6607) - 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.

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