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

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RATINGS: 1021   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (685) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2012
2010: Hazy, semi-translucent, medium brown in color with nearly no head, just an off-white ring. No lacing, but some light oily vines Aroma is great- rich malts, vinous notes and a bit of smoky whiskey. Flavor has sweet malts with raisins and kind of a light creamy finish.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (2391) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
Christmas beer 4. 2013 vintage Bottle from beersofeurope. Dark copper beer with small head. Aroma of treacle, alcohol and sweet malt. Taste is sweet malts, almonds, treacle and some alcohol. Very sweet and boozy. Very oily on the palate. Very good stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (382) - Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Classic barley wine. Lots of dark fruit like plums and raisin. Toffee and some oxidized sherry notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2481) - 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!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (2342) - 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 didn’t love it quite like the masses. Could be the age? Would love to try another vintage, hopefully younger.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichTheVillan (3540) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (1474) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle from Booth’s 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.

3.7
   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

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (611) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1421) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danlo (1335) - 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.


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