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Brewed by J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
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RATINGS: 1010   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2008
Bottle 275ml. [Vintage 2000] @ home.
[ Courtesy of Mes_and_Sim ]. LIght light unclear red orange amber color with a average to large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, raisin, date, wood, alcohol, licorice notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syrupy, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. (240608)

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
yespr (30689) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2009
27.5 cL bottle, 2008 vintage. Pours al ost clear and golden orange with a small solid white head. Dark malty, deep oveerripe fruity and somewhat earthy aroma. Syurpy thick mouthfeel. Flavour is extremely sweet, sticking and cloying really. Dense malt flavoured with a solid raisin/overripe fruity note. Sweet and mild spiced finish. I found this one utterly cloying.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (29081) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2005
[Vintage 2003, sampled August 2004] A dark amber beer with a small disappearing orange head. The aroma is very sweet and very complex with notes of alcohol, caramel, flowers, honey, and cinnamon. It is like drinking warm honey or liquid caramel - it gives You a burning sensation on the tongue and a warming sensation in the throat, - but it is not heat that "burns" You, it is the alcohol presence. Wow.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2005
(Bottle 27,5 cl) Vintahe 2004. Beautiful, clear, dark amber with almost no head. Extremely sweet tasting - this is honey and toffee and caramel all the way through. I’d like to believe this is a complex beer, but all I get is sticky syrup. I really like sweet beers, but this was way, way over the top. 120805

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20493) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2005
Bottled at RBESG 2005. 2004 edition. Clear orange coloured with an off white head. Acidic aroma with notes of caramel and dried fruits. Sweet flavour with lots of caramel. Too cloying for my liking.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 29, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2012 Bottled (vintage 2000, thanks mes_and_sim!). Deep amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is wooden, alcoholic, earth, wet cellar, caramel and some vanilla. Flavour is raisins, sugar, dates, caramel malts, very mildly alcohol. Also bigtime wood, butter and spices. nuts, mild syrup. hmm in one word, Licoricebomb! WOW. 9 5 10 5 20
Bottled (2003 vintage, had in 2012). Deep amber colour, minor head. Aroma is sweet fruits, some mild alcohol, some earth and caramel. Flavour is rather similar with some slight earthy and mild cardboardy notes. 7 4 7 3 14.

B ottled (2004 vintage, thanks mes_and_sim!). Deep amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is very much the same as 2000 vintage, but not as thick and full. Flavour is pretty much the same, but quite much sweeter sugary/syrupy than the 2000 one. Still excellent balance and very nice. 8 5 9 5 18
Bottled (2006 vintage, thanks mes_and_sim!). Clear amber colour with mediumsized beige head. Aroma is mainly oak, syrup, sugar and caramel malts with some dates and raisins. Overall very sweet. Flavour is very different. Very papery, roasted and smoked wood along with dates, raisins and quite much alcohol. Either this one has some smokemalts or something added, or then the smoked/roasted notes just disappear with time. Still nice. 8 5 8 5 17
The above vintages blended into the same glass (thanks for the tip mes_and_sim!). Deep ambery brown colour, small beige head. Aroma is roast, dates, plum, alcohol, caramel, vanilla and quite strong notes of oak. Flavour is an extremely wellbalanced mix of the stuff in the aroma along with some sweet spices and syrup. Rather pleasant, but still, the 2000 vintage is the best of these. Alone. 8 5 9 5 18

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
omhper (19192) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2004
Bottled, 2002 vintage, thanks rauchbier!
Hazy amber, no head. Deep woody, malty aroma. Superb megadeep, chewy maltiness. Port and wood is very obvious. Alcohol is there, but only enhances the fabulous flavours, and despite it’s size it is hugely drinkable. The sweetness however creeps up on you, butmy overall impression is that this is the best showpiece there is when it comes to malt character. Ultra-superb!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (16250) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2006
Bottle. 2003 vintage. Pours a clear amber colour with a very small head. Fruity vinous aroma and some spiciness. Sweet fruity flavor, lots of dark fruit, raisins. Thick mouthfeel. Leaves you with a long warming and fruity aftertaste. A lovely beer. Also had vintage 1999 at the same tasting session, but i liked 2003 better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14304) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2011 22nd August 2008.
2000 Vintage. Hazy brown beer. Strong malt with a very distinct marmite flavour - but sweet. Sticky sweet finish. Sumptuous palate. A little salt in the aftertaste.

3rd March 2011
2004 Unpasteurised Vintage. Courtesy of Harrisoni - Cheers Ian! Cloudy brown beer, little off white head. Prunes, dates. Delicious toffee, caramel dried fruits, brown sugar. Rich and rewarding.

18th January 2009
2005 Vintage. Hazy amber brown beer. No head and precious little carbonation. Soft silky sweet beer. Sweet toffee and caramel malt. Just a touch of porty fruit at the very finish which is semi dry. Sumptuos beer.

11th February 2011
1999 Vintage. Opened with a pleasing ’fffffftt’! Hazy dark red beer. ghost of a tan head. Soft and slightly syrupy palate with gentle carbonation. Sweet sherry with an undertone of mildy spiced licorice. Trace of candied fruit. Turns a little bitter towards the end. A sweet treat!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 9, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2012
2012-12-08, vintage 1999, 13 years old, 8-5-10-5-18=46
Dark mahogany color, with small but persistent head. Aroma of malt and caramel, but mild but elegant, with a hint of cherries and blackberries. Sweet malt and caramel flavor, very rich, contributing to a full body; it has a touch that can be described as fruity (cherry jam), some chocolate, very light liquorice maybe, and most of all impressive no signs of oxidization; an impressive harmonious combination of elements. The alcohol provides a minimal warming feeling.
So perfect after many years; excellent.

2009-02-22, vintage 2008, 1 year old, 7-5-8-4-16=40
Clean amber color; medium head; filtered, there is no sediment in the bottle. The aroma is malty, almost fruity, very ripe apples; not common. It has a strong body, full malty flavor, sweet, with an interesting sweet nuts edge; correct bitterness; it hides very well the alcohol. When I saw the new bottle, I was scared they changed also the beer, but it’s still good!

2006-07-09, vintage 2003, 3 years old, 8-4-9-4-17=42
Hazy amber color; thin head. Malt aroma, with ripe fruits, toffee. The body is quite dense, surely oily; malt taste, very good malt, with sweet caramel, sweet nuts, honey, balanced. The final is long, bitter, with sweet nuts, and the alcohol is warming.

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