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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1067   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.

Hair6a11's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hair6a11 (1475) - Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2011
2002 Bottle; Pour is Dark fiery amber - the head disappears quickly here. There is an alcoholic vinousness on the nose - plum pudding, and toffee as well. Oaked, grainy characters are present - I find it overly sweet , my only issue with the brew. It’s sticky sweet, and boozy as well. Dark Fruits, port wine, toffee, pudding - It is an impressive beer. 1999 Bottle; Pour is darker than the 2002 - the nose is darker as well -the earthiness and oak come through in a finer fashion. It still has that grainy, dark fruit character as well- but the sweetness has more balance , in my opinion. In essense; back to back - the 1999 was easily the winner in my eyes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
rekvium (420) - Odense C, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2016
From bottle, thanks to Madsnp. Vintage 2008. Pours hazy brown/red with a small off white head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, sweet caramel, alcohol, light toast, heavy veggies. Taste is, well, hard to describe... And not in a good way... Heavy prune juice, oxidized as f*ck, old potatoe water, wauw this is horrible, heavy caramel, vanilla, heavy corn. The worst birthday gift ever!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (7994) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2016
Bottle@Himmeriget, Copenhagen (29/07/2016) - (2001 Vintage) Amber brown pour with off white head. Sweet malty with notes of dried fruit, treacle, some spices, currants, nutty, fruitcake, showing its age somewhat but still a satsifying enjoyable brew overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minutemat (4152) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2016
2001 version @ monthly tasting at Chez Sophie, July 16, this slug-eaten rusty relic brought by Mike. Many thanks. Pours dark. Taste unfortunately is overshadowed by a few cobwebs and dust, but its syrupy christmas pudding and dark fruits character is lurking underneath. Reminds me to finally crack open my non-rusty 1999 bottle for comparison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (8934) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2016
Huge thanks to Paul for providing this vertical.

86: 537414 jammy oxidised paper, oily fruit burnt toffee

87: 637314 oily toffee, paper,

88: 637415 Dr pepper, cola toffee, caramel. Toffee

89: 537214 stale grains, oxidised soy, cola, dull palate

91: 638314 woody toffee apple jammy, earthy, strawberry cherry cola

92: 637414 oily burnt toffee mint paper, toffee, caramel

93: 534210 stale grains, toffee, oxidised, dull, lifeless, meh

94: 545312 airy old cardboard toffee, oxo, dull sweet palate.

01: 547314 oxidised burnt toffee, sweet, sticky really sweet sticky.

02: 635313 stale grains, toffee, apple dull, straw.

06: 527312 sticky toffee, brown sugars banana, chunky

07: 536411 chewy toffee,

09: 547415 tangy toffee orange, caramel, caramel, coconut

10: 638415 peanut coconut toffee, caramel, Good.

12: 647414 big toffee, burnt toffee oily, jammy sticky sweet

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WingmanWillis (133) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2016
Vertical at Chez Soapy. Big thanks to Scopey for the 20 different vintages. Pours toffee brown with somw thin head. A good mix with the 86 a little soupy but still has the aroma of fruit cake, a little honey. The 91 was a little marmite twiglet. Taste holds up pretty well with differences in sweetness across the range. Plenty of fruit cake action with honey and booze. The 2008 has a distinct spiciness to it. A good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gephross100 (225) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2016
2002 bottle caramel, bread, nuts, leather, butterscotch, vanilla, clawingly sweet. Slight oxidation. Muddy brown color.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ahuth (297) - - MAY 19, 2016
Bottled. 2013. Huge nutty smell. Pours a ugly brown but the taste makes up for it. Huge upfront taste. Sweet nutty grainy. Nice sticky palate. This is. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (13070) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2016
Bottled, 275ml, 2005 version aged 11 years. Red amber with thin head. Full on Barley Wine aroma on pouring leading to a heavy alcohol character, certainly wine like, smooth with a toffee, caramel note. Woody, vanilla notes toward the close. A big bruiser.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mbgrayson (716) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - APR 8, 2016
Brewed in 2014, in a 275 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy amber, with a thin tan head. Aroma of malts and wood. Taste is rich and thick, with notes of whiskey, wood, and sugared malts. A very nice wood aged ale. Thumbs up.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ImportBeerMan (11) - Pintsville, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2016
2015 vintage 275ml poured into a sniffer. Appearance: Hazy copper orange with minimal head. Nose: Sweet, Boozy . Mouth/Feel: Syrupy, low carbonation. Taste: Really Sweet with a port finish.

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