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

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RATINGS: 1034   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hackleo (11) - Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2002
1987 Vintage is a close to a perfect beer as Iíve ever had. Too many flavors to describe - maple, oak, raisin, plum, chocolate, toffee, on and on...Canít remember everything...During the hour or so we took to savor this beer, it opened up and changed from great to out-of-this world. 1994 Vintage was a bit thinner, lighter in color and body, but quite impressive in its own right. Maple and oak mostly, with a hint of chocolate and more drinkable than the 1987. Iíd give this one about a 17/20.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ManVsBeer (5656) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle from Manchester Xmas markets. Orange-bronze with next to no head. Extremely strong tasting, although youíll notice this first in its nose. Has a sticky sweetness with a lingering alcohol aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GTAEgeek (1443) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2015
2010 vintage on tap at the Brick Store, for their 18th anniversary. Poured into a teku glass, with a hazy, dark orange color and a medium, beige, off-white head. Nose is heavy caramel, vanilla, orange peel, pine, and uncharred oak. The finish has a distinct quinine character. Sweet and malty flavor, with a surprising amount of bitterness for the age. Heavy body, syrupy, and a little sharp and sugary. This is a very effervescent and wonderfully aromatic beer, with a well balanced flavor.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tonkun (1113) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle. 2007 vintage. Copper pour with no head. Oak, syrup, caramel, toffee. A bit of medicine. Dessert wine like syrupy pour and body. Aged well but could have easily aged for several years. Nice

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (1084) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2015
1999, tasted 2015. Obviously super old but it aged well, pours a liquid dessert, all toffee, caramel, butterscotch. But just enough alcohol burn to balance it out, keeping from being cloying. Very pleasant and fun to have a 16 yo beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (979) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travisís house on February 21. We did a side-by-side of 1999 and 2005 vintages. I liked the 1999 better, so thatís what my rating is based on. The pour is a clear bright orange-ish gold with a thin off white head and no real lace as it falls down. There is an absolute ton of butterscotch on this one that I love on the nose. There are lots of malts as well, accompanying a light fruit presence. There is a touch of oxidization, but itís not bad at all, considering itís 16 ish years old. The flavor is very similar. There is a good sweetness, and a touch of booze, but nothing overly dominating. They meld together beautifully. The mouth feel is thick and syrupy with a nice carbonation and a lingeringly sweet, caramel, malty aftertaste. Really good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (5889) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
2007 bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with small off white head. The aroma is honey, candy sugar malt. Thin mouth, sweet malt, light roast, candy sugar, boozy, very good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (5568) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
2011 vintage. pours clear bright golden orange with a reviving off-white cap, nice lacing. candied sugars, cherries, spicy oranges, dusty and creamy biscuits, tobacco, sweet peat, some ashes, resin, dirt. low carbonation, medium-full body - oily and syrupy; cloying and lightly smoky-spicy finish. again, an odd smokiness, but this time not coming from any barrels.. abv well hidden. still a pleasant sipper.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gary (1631) - Brentford ,London , Texas, Somerset, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2015 2013 vintage. I wars drunk as a skunk when I drank this ..I do kinda recall this being subdued and surprisingly hot n boozy ..Damn sweet. Meh drunk or not ,this was a let down . I might re-pete.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FestDecBeet (412) - - APR 22, 2015
Look: pours a dirty dish water brown. Very hazy. Off white head. Smell: big booze. Port wine. Sherry. Malty sweet. Slight bitterness like English sled are. Taste. Hot alcohol. Big sweetness. Toffee, caramel. Hints of port sweetness. Feel: nice thickness. Super sweet. Medium low carbonation. Overall: awesome beer. Love the overly sweet notes. First drank: home 4/22/15 Vintage: 2012

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (980) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2015
9.3oz bottle - 2012 vintage - to snifter - pours a deep blood orange with thin white head that disappears quickly . Aromas of leather , tobacco and hints of dried fruits . Taste is sweet , mild toffee notes with a fruity finish . Very good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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