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Brewed by J.W. Lees
Style: BarleyWine / WheatWine / RyeWine
Middleton, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.6
BrewMeister134 (1) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2019 does not count
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2019 A traditional, old-school, bottle-conditioned barleywine that reminds me a of a good quality tawny port. Goes great with a well-aged Stilton.

4.1
JorgeLee (2660) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2019 Bottle, found at home hidden away in a cupboard, 2007 vintage drunk in 2017. Colour mid brown, starting to fade around the edges. Palate was very soft, booze totally softened, carbonation almost gone, sweet malty raisin caramel, but not too sweet. Any hop edge also long gone, just enough bitterness to hold it together. A lovely beer this one, I think I prefer it drunk a bit younger than this, needs a bit more life to it to really pop.

3.7
GregMooreNH (2016) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2018 2007 edition. Pours hazy dark caramel with nearly no head. Aroma is caramel, light smoke and booze. Taste is strong caramel and honey, moving to roast and light hop backbone. Finish is sweet honey. A good dessert barley wine.

3.6
oobawa (2788) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2018 2011 Vintage. Big and sweet, full of toffee, caramel, rum raisin, and fruity esters, with a boozy bite on the back end and a almost indiscernible bitterness popping up in the finish. Wickedly easy to drink for a 11.5% beast. Sweet, but it's an English Barleywine, so it should be. Good, but needs to be taken in slow and easy.

4.6
LazyPyro (3681) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2019 2012: 26/02/2019 - 275ml bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours a deep reddy brown, almost clear, minimal beige head dissipating quickly. Aroma and taste are both very rich, and sweet. Sherry, raisin, toffee, caramel, molasses. Incredibly smooth, full bodied, soft carbonation. So easy to drink and so more-ish, belies its ABV. Easily the best barleywine I've ever had in my life. Tempted to give this a full 5.0 but I have other vintages - they might be even better! This is in a totally different league to the 2010 I had. 9-4-9-5-19 - 4.6 2010: 11/12/2018 - 275ml bottle, 2010 vintage, as my rating #3000. Pours cloudy dark brown with a very slight beige head. Aroma is boozy, dried fruits especially raisins, sherry, caramel. Taste of raisins/dried fruits, sweet honey, caramel, sherry, alcohol, showing signs of oxidisation, bit of a cardboardy note coming through. Full body, very little carbonation. 7-3-7-4-14 - 3.5 Will be interesting to see how the newer vintages I bought compare to this one.

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Inbreak (9390) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2018
18.11.2018, 0,275l bottle (2014 vintage) shared with Desverger @ Himmeriget:
Tiny bubbly shortlasting head, slightly cloudy light amber color. Aroma is slightly dry mineraly, hay, broth, dusty grain, alcohol, weeds, minerals, fruit stones, bark, paper. Taste is sweet sour-ish boozy, candi sugar, dried fruits, minerals, booze, fruit stones, weeds, bark, sour grass, raisins, butterscotch. Medium bitterness, sweet sour-ish boozy mouthfeel. Not my cup of coffee. Liquid diabetes...

4.3
Garrold (7502) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2018
2012 bottle. RAD Beer. Copper red, with a soft haze. Slim halo of dense, beige head. Nose has prunes. Port wine. Raisins. Dates. Vanilla pod. Prunes and custard, in short. Taste is sweet and sticky, with a hint of vine fruit bitterness. Touch of old sherry dryness. Mouthfeel is rich and silky. Hint of booze. Fine, but noticeable carbonation. Sweet and vinous throughout, with a light, boozy bitterness on the close. Great beer.

4
sjogro (8144) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2018
UPDATED: APR 19, 2019 Tht august. Hazy amber with white head. Sweet malts, raisans. Medium body and soft carbonation. Some geuzey sour grain. Big sweet and light tart grain. Over medium body and soft carbonation.

3.6
Maakun (9961) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2018
Bottle shared at THT aaaarrrhggghh. 09 version. Clear copper with beige head. Thick caramel, apple syrup, toffee, light alcohol, oxidized sherry notes, plums, port wine, toffee, green herbal hops. Quite sweet, medium bitter. Full bodied with oxidized dry finish.

4
ajnepple (9881) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2018
275 ml bottle from Two Angels Liquors, vintage 2001. Deep reddish brown appearance with minimal tan head. Aroma of caramel/toffee, toasted malt, light oxidation, light vanilla and light fruity esters. Similar flavor, rich and malty with moderate to heavy sweetness and a slight bittering balance. Medium to full body with a soft and pleasant finish. Wow, still drinking pretty damn fine for me.


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