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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1076   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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.

mastabass666's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2009
v.2008. Murky, swampy brown pour, with no head and little CO2. Aroma- wood, over-ripe fruits, spices, extremely complex. Flavor- huge malt, overly ripe figs, wood, brown sugar. Finishes syrupy; somewhat one-dimensional, but not to its detriment. Unctuous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hohops (821) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2016
2013 edition. Appearance is murky copper, no head at all, just a few light brown bubbles. Aroma- strong boozy notes, port wine, cherries, brandy, fruitcake, Christmas pudding, raisins, hint of vanilla, more boozy notes, nuts, treacle. Taste- huge boozy sweetness in this one. Tastes like liquidised raisins. Cherry skin, honey-glazed fruitcake, treacle, thick malt loaf, alcohol, marzipan, dates, sugary dark fruit in brown bread, some toasty malt towards the finish. Mouthfeel is sticky and syrupy, with a lingering finish. Impressive stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
S_Side_Smitty (715) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2016
2012 vintage. Pours cloudy brown with a minimal off white head. Aroma is beautiful malts, sweetfeed, light molasses, and carob with a tinge of alcohol. Taste is awesome malts and sweetness blended so well. A true gentleman’s ale to be appreciated like cognac or bourbon. Alcohol is perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TizzleJizzle (781) - Garland, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2016
275 ml 1999 bottle. Poured a clear amber-brown with a very thin beige head. Taste of caramel malts, fruity, sweet finish throughout. Low carbonation (its aged 17 years, what do u expect), medium body. Wow, surprised it held up this well for this long.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
17Beer (228) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Sour smells of sweet fruits and caramel with an almost communion wine scent. Pours cider brown, cloudy and opaque. Almost no head. Tiny bubbles. Huge tastes of toffy, vinegar, banana and alcohol with undercurrents of nuts and raisins. Very distinctive. Flat and oily in the mouth with a short dry finish. Really interesting and good. Surely not an everyday drink but a great thing to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sm89walt (1972) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2016
275ml bottle, 2010 ’vintage’. Poured a deep bronzed, slightly particulate amber with the merest whisper of a head even with an aggressive pour. Slightly tart and vinous aromas with some sweeter caramelised fruit notes. It’s on the palate where this one shines, however: toffee, roasted malts, coffee, caramelised/burnt sugar. Rich, unctuous and palate-coating. Full-bodied, soft carbonation (just a gentle spritz) and al long, malty bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10760) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2016
Bottle (2013). Raisin, nutty caramel, and herbal hay aroma. Cloudy amber with small head. Very sweet brown sugar/caramel malt, raisin, orange, and mildly bitter hay flavor. Good body. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tia (1791) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2016
Bottle ca. 2000 courtesy of Kinz. Copper with tan head. Smells like salted caramel, dark fruit, play-doh, cordials. Very sweet. Definitely "dusty" but we still enjoyedit.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aggiebob (795) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 17, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2016 Bottle. It poured a rust brown color with little head. The aroma contained dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel and yeast notes. The tastes is sweet malts. Not one of my favorites.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RamyG4 (324) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2016
1986 bottle (my birthyear). Smells of oxidation, honey. Tastes of the same. I haven’t rated in a while, leave me alone.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
rekvium (425) - Odense C, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2016
From bottle, thanks to Madsnp. Vintage 2008. Pours hazy brown/red with a small off white head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, sweet caramel, alcohol, light toast, heavy veggies. Taste is, well, hard to describe... And not in a good way... Heavy prune juice, oxidized as f*ck, old potatoe water, wauw this is horrible, heavy caramel, vanilla, heavy corn. The worst birthday gift ever!

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