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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1041   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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 16/20
slowrunner77 (7442) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"sampled 2001 and 2008 vintage together 11/27/10. 01 pours dark, 08 is golden. both smell incredibly sweet, the former being in aroma and flavor like booz soaked raisinettes. the 08 smelled very good, but had a very odd off-putting component to the flavor. not too hot, like it needed age, but like something was in there that just didn’t fit. can’t quite put a finger on it, but the 01 was definitely better. don’t think i like this enough to bump it from 101 into the top 100, and at the price (almost a buck an ounce) there are better sippers, and better barleywines out there, though this was good. 01=4.0 08 = 3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EddieG1 (15) - Louisiana, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Nice golden brown color with rich aroma. Sweet raisin, prune, caramel taste balanced against barley, with subtle sourdough finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (8487) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2011 - Caramel, prune, raisin and pecans. Cloudy golden orange with a thin white head. Toffee, prunes and plum with a light bitterness that finishes light and sweet. Not as well rounded as longer aged bottles, but still nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4804) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Paid a crazy price for a 275 ml bottle at Julio’s Liquors. Vintage 2011 and I pulled this out because I was bored on a Thursday night with nothing to do. And to be honest I needed a pick me up. Not going to say what I paid for this bad Larry because I will sound like a damn fool! Aroma of dried fruits, raisins, plums, hint of alcohol, stale wheat and almost a shoe leather tone. Just a tad odd. Those crazy English malts…. I enjoyed at cellar temperature.

Has a rich sweet flavor like most barely wines yet aging has showed me another example of why I want all my Barley Wines old. It has mellowed the sweetness and cooled off the alcohol very nicely. The flavor is a great melding of raisins, caramel, molasses with toffee and old stale brown sugar. But really does oxidation of English malts give a shoe leather note? Hints of old leather and bread pudding. Even a Fig Newton cookie flavor. Lower carbonation with a sweet, syrupy mouthfeel that is not a negative. No over sweetness at all, damn easy to drink without any notable alcohol flavor or burn after the sip. Overall thoughts: This is without question a great brew but I feel like for the price it should have been mind-blowing. Even after the great flavor I feel like I over spent to purchase the bottle. I can age plenty of other Barley Wines and get the same result.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (2414) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
2004 bottle shared thanks to lithy. Pours a dark golden brown color without a head. Aroma is of big vanilla and caramel with dark fruits in there. Basically smells like candy. Taste is super sweet but not overdone. Wow just really tasty stuff. Thick and syrupy with low carb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mfp13jr (152) - Glenville, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Lots of sweet alcohol up front. Sickly sweet with sticky hot alcohol. Going to have to come back to this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (7325) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s tasting, 2006 edition. Caramel, peanuts, sweet, dry toffee.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1609) - Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2014
2007 Bottle thanks to Chris. Hazy orange with almost no head. Thick vanilla and fruit aroma. Sweet toffee with a dirty aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (4238) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2014
bottle. 2009. deep amber with major sediment chunks. very sweet with a bit of sherry. moderate booze. dark fruit. any hops are long gone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2543) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle from Beers Of Europe [050514]
Ruby golden amber, great colour, clear, off white head, good lacing
Aroma of caramel malts, sodft sherry, caramelised fruits, rich sugars, soft alcohol, light liquorice
Taste of sweet caramel, soft syrup, sweet toffee, sweet sherry, rich, toasted sugars, hint of sweet honey, sweet fruits, drinkable for the abv
Palate - soft carb, full body, oily, rich very sweet malts, alcohol cuts through the sweetness and works well here. Finish - very smooth, sweet, caramelised toffee sugar linger...like the caramel sugar stuff that set hard on the outside of toffee apples
Overall - Really good tasting barley wine, perhaps a bit too sweet though - certainly a sipper

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