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

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RATINGS: 1061   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
9.3 oz bottle into a snifter. 2009 vintage. A: Pours a rather murky dark brown color. Very little head is featured here, just a thin collar thatís white with big bubbles. Not to mention, further examination reveals some huge white-colored chunks of sediment. This is what we in the business call "ass-ugly". S: Wow. This is hugely sweet - almost like a barleywine thatís been distilled even further. Huge dark fruit and caramel sweetness abounds, with plenty of underlying chocolate. I also detect some toffee and some mellow earthiness. Fascinatingly rich, if perhaps a touch too sweet. T: Indeed, this is one sweet bitch. It opens with plenty of caramel maltiness and dark fruit esters. After the midpoint, the focus switches more to toffee, vanilla, tobacco, and chocolate. Alcohol is mildly prevalent on the back end, but takes on an excellent character, more similar to rum than vodka. After about 3 oz, it does transcend into the realm of "too sweet", with its strong toffee notes ultimately becoming the dominant flavor. Thereís good depth and complexity to compensate somewhat. M: The body does a decent job of keeping the sugary sweetness in check by slightly drying out on the finish, which has a side effect of intruding on the softness of the texture somewhat. Even with that, itís a heavy, smack-your-lips sweet brew, with almost no carbonation. O: Well, itís everything a dessert barleywine should be - big, rich, complex, and decadent. However, even at 9.3 oz, this is best split between two people due to how cloying it is. Compare that to, say, Sucaba, which I can finish a 750ml bottle of with little trouble. Absolutely worth trying...just donít drink it before dinner.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ahuth (229) - - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (12688) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mbgrayson (696) - 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.

2.5
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wombat23 (386) - Texas, USA - APR 1, 2016
Shared 9.3 oz. bottle. 2013 vintage. Pours a hazy amber with a short-lived off-white head. Nose is a cross between fresh-baked pecan pie and a nutty fruit cake. Taste is malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fruit cake, pecan pie, and some alcohol. Starts off with a solid malty base then finishes with an almost overwhelming sweetness. Very unique.

1.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
darbeer75 (322) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2016
Aroma: heavy and sweet with an initial impression of Parmesan cheese (disputed by husband); Appearance: dark amber, hazy, with thin, white head that dissipates quickly; Taste: extreme sweetness, like drinking jam; pretty unbearable; Palate: heavy bodied with long, sweet finish; Overall: drain pour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weihenweizen (2893) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Refrigerated 2013 275 ml brown bottle poured into a glass. Hazy brownish orange with small beige head. Aroma is fruit, medium body, low carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is rich caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, and hints of alcohol. Complex, rich, top of the line barley wine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (3614) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 22, 2016
2015 vintage on tap at Churchkey. Dark copper with small airy head. Malt with tons of brown sugar sweetness, maple, caramel, toffee. Sweetness distracts from the 11.5% ABV, which delivers some latent heat. Like a big alcoholic Sugar Daddy. (I love Sugar Daddies)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrTipple (3000) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2016
2015 vintage. Aroma: intense molasses, caramel, dark, ripe fruits, prunes. Appearance: hazy, brown, hardly any head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: sticky texture, caramel, molasses, becomes super heavy sweet, overripe, dark fruits, long, heavy finish. Overall: excellent Barley Wine, maybe a touch on the sweet side, yet very complex throughout. Pint at Proletariat, Manhattan.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JulienHuxley (5463) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2016
Bottle, 1992 vintage. Hazy amber pour with no head. Aroma is super dusty, cardboard. Taste is dusty, oxidized, cardboard. Palate is med bodied with very light carbonation.


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