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


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RATINGS: 1020   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (378) - Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Classic barley wine. Lots of dark fruit like plums and raisin. Toffee and some oxidized sherry notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2470) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2014
8/24/2010. From bottle. 2009 edition. Dark amber with an off-white head. Sweet caramel aromas with dried fruit and bready notes. Brown sugar, alcohol, caramel and some earthy flavors. A bit of alcohol burn. Good stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (2297) - Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Travis. 1999 vintage. Murky copper body, slightly hazed with a few bubbles that rise to the surface to form a thin, beige collar. No real "head"... Then again, this is about 15 years old. Huge raisin aroma, red licorice, mint leaves, caramelized sugars, sherry, anise, & some stale toffee. Sticky caramel flavor, toffee candy, mild papery oxidation notes, raisins, prunes, boozy sherry & almost Cognac-like warmth. Licorice heavy on the palate, too, almost more like black licorice than red, unlike the aroma. Some burnt sugars in the finish, more heavy dark fruit. Seems a little "stale", front to back, plus oxidation is pretty evident, although not a complete buzz kill. Cool beer, glad to try it but sadly I didnít love it quite like the masses. Could be the age? Would love to try another vintage, hopefully younger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichTheVillan (3454) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle from SarkyNorthener cheers Martin; hazy orange/brown pour with a thin off white head, booze and marmalade aroma, taste has rich dark fruits, fig, almost sherry like in flavour, very sweet with caramel, some nutty action, ABV present, perfect autumn beer or winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (1450) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle from Boothís in Ripon. Pours amber with a thin cream head. Full of intense maramalade flavour. Sweet and syrupy at first before the marmalade and caramel notes. Finishes bitter. The alcohol is pleasant and warming. Interesting, different and really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phikus (80) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
2011. This is a lot lighter than any other barleywine i have had.Aroma of raisins caramel and fruit. The taste is toffee like fruitiness, mustiness very little hop presence except for balance. Rather sweet almost cloying. I prefer american barleywines

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (605) - SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2014
2006. Really nice nose. Still very fresh& pure.Rich. Such density yet still remarkably supple.Such density. So much from the centre. Dark crystalline reddy rich brown. Brown sugar quality with a honey roasted nut quality. So rich. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1417) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle of the 2010. Hazy light brown with some suspended matter, small pale head. Aroma is raisins, dates, honey, dried fruits, orange peel. Full bodied, lightly sticky on the palate, well balanced. Taste is orange peel, caramel, pomegranate flesh, candied apple, brown sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danlo (1318) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
275ml bottle, 2002 vintage, from Tuckers Maltings. Pours a dark copper brown colour with a very thin beige head. Aroma of malt, toffee, caramel, molasses, dark fruits. Sweet malty flavour, with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, honey, raisins, plum and some lingering nutty and earthy grassy light bitter notes. Thick mouthfeel, full bodied, soft carbonation, residual sweet and dry nutty finish. Very sippable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - 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 didnít fit. canít quite put a finger on it, but the 01 was definitely better. donít 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

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