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

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RATINGS: 996   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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4.4
   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1151) - Florida, USA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle from Tipples, 11-2012 release. Pours murky reddish orange as all the versions do, with essentially no head at all on top. Beautiful aroma of toffee, figs, pears, plums, sweet caramel. Smells rich and sweet. Flavor is a beautiful nutty toffee fruit flavor. Pecans and caramel galore with an extra sweet fruit character like pears and figs. Really nice. Sweet full mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. A very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1118) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2014
2006. Gold color with zero head. Low carb, nearly still. Touch of cigarettes amidst the caramel malts. The de facto English Barleywine; so much caramel. Drinking great right now.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onslow (1102) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2014
2010 Vintage. Pour from 90.3 fl oz bottle. Murky muddy brown brew with no head. Aroma of dark fruit and sweet malts. Taste is sweet malt, honey, dark fruit, sugar, alcohol. The finish time warped me back to the days when I drank instant Korean ginseng tea - little packets of dry ginseng extract. Exactly the same earthy taste at the very end. Weird, strong - just noticed that this one bottle cost $8... Yikes - just noticed that I paid $8 for this one bottle. I always thought that ginseng would be a good flavoring in beer and I think I was right.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (3526) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2014
2004 bottle from trade, shared with Yngwie as a treat for his great hospitality during the VANØ annual gathering 2014. 10 years old, exciting stuff! :-) Pours a hazy, near-murky brown body with a tiny off-white head, disappearing quickly. Filtered and pasteurized, you say? Damn... :-P Nose is incredibly sweet and complex: nougat, toffee, sugar, raisins, caramel and hints of nuts and milk chocolate. Taste follows up with caramel, big chocolate tones, caramel, toffee, butterscotch and hints of cocoa butter, biscuits, nuts and bread crumbs. Full, oily body, soft carbonation (after 10 years, that’s no wonder really!) A smooth, yet thick and viscous English barley wine with loads of oxidized confection-oriented sweetness. I like it.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cliffdawg (4) - USA - MAR 26, 2014 does not count
2005 vintage. Very minimal carbonation, very delicious. Viscous and jammy love how the flavor stays on my pallet. Still really excellent!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (2586) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2014
Poured reddish brown with no head. Aroma of meaty malt and sweet dark fruit, vinous. Full body, flavour of vanilla and toffee, alcohol soaked fruit.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dEnk (3486) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is huge oxidized caramel raisin madness. Flavour is extremely sweet malty caramel molasses sugar horror.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (3267) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 7, 2014
275ml bottle [2012 vintage]. Cloudy reddish, dark copper to brown colour with late awakening, small, frothy, diminishing, minimally lacing, off-white head. Sweet-ish sherry aroma, hints of marzipan. Taste is sweet, notes of sherry, sugar powder, marzipan, cherry liquor, cautious hints of alcohol; very sweet, sticky, lasting finish with a dry touch of hazelnut parings. Fresh and sweet, relatively drinkable. Definitely worth cellaring.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilnatp (509) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2014
2010 vintage bottle. Opened and tasted 2/10/14 with the 2011 anniversary edition. This was leaps and bounds better except for the appearance. Pour was cloudy orange/brown with LOTS of sediment. Hardly any head at all. Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruit, raisin, caramel. Taste started sweet and transitioned to tart. Mouth-feel was buttery/oily and full with a lively subtle carbonation. Awesome beer. Both this and the anniversary edition have 11.5 ABV but it was a lot less perceivable in this brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (5975) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle thanks to Sarah! Pours a cloudy brownish gold with no head whatsoever. Aroma has a strong dough note with a good amount of caramel and toffee. Flavor has lots of caramel and toffee notes with some earthiness with a bit of peat coming out in the finish.


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