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Brewed by J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 4.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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4
SHIG (5265) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 18, 2016
Bottle: Poured murky yellow with white head. Big boozy nose. Taste is booze. Smooth finish.

4
fonefan (52906) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2016

Growler. @ [ (Chris and Ruth’s pre-GBBF tasting 2015) by chriso - London ].

[ As J.W. Lees Harvest Ale ].
[ Growler from a firkin - Vintage 2008 ]. Clear dark red brown color with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, plum, dark fruit, raisin, prunes, plum - dates, dried figs. Flavor is heavy sweet with a long duration, dark fruit, wood, chocolate, raison, port - sherry, fruit cake, figs, dried fruit. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy and sticky, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20150808]
8-3-8-4-17

4.2
KyotoLefty (10920) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 6, 2015
Growler from Ian at Chriso’s. Decanted from firkin to cask to PET bottle, it seems! Nose of treacle, something like barrel wood, some oxidation. Flavors of treacle, tobacco, sherry, raisins, dried fig. Sweet, silky, and absolutely lovely.

4.2
Leighton (23090) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2015
Growler shared at Chris and Ruth’s pre-GBBF tasting 2015 - London. Pours clear auburn-brown with a light, creamy tan head. Rich aroma, with notes of raisin, fig, toffee. Big sweet flavor, oily, with heavy ripe and syrupy fruits. Full bodied, chewy and oily, with soft carbonation. Warming finish, thick and viscous, with buckets of syrupy fruits, dried fruits, dates, figs, some berries. Super decadent. Awesome.

3.7
The_Osprey (9823) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2015
Plastic bottle, drawn from the cask. Thanks to Ian for sharing this at Chriso’s. Very dark brown or black, no real head at all. Aroma is sherry, plastic, marmite and bovril. Body is medium, smooth, no real carbonation. Taste is very sweet, sherry, chocolate liquer, treacle, fruitcake, a little booze with a twiggy finish. A great one to try.

4.1
Desverger (14022) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2015
Bottle thanks to [email protected] and Ruth’s Pre-GBBF 2015, London - dark brown coloured pour with thin beige layer. Medium sweet malty aroma and taste, cake like, with some caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark dried fruity and nutty, lovely smooooth mouthfeel, beautiful.

4.2
planky84 (3591) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2015
Plastic take out bottle from the firkin at Chris & Ruth’s pre-GBBF shindig, 2015. Dark brown pour with a light, wispy beige head. Rich vinous nose. Dates, walnuts, toffee and treacle aroma. Rich, warming flavours of honey, toffee, chocolate caramel and plum pudding. Smoother than Leslie Phillips courting a fine filly. Lovely stuff!

4
Scopey (16524) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2015
Bottle straight from a firkin, thanks to Ian. It pours cloudy near black with a small beige head. The nose is rich, oily, fruit cake, figgy pudding, spice, ginger, carrot cake and earth. The taste is rich, oily, toasty, vinous, earth, port wine / PX sherry, jammy fruits, treacle, light spice, fruit cake, stewed berry and light umami with a slick, warming finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth - feel. Great depth of flavour. Rather enjoyable.

4.5
tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2015
Plastic take-out bottle, Chris and Ruth’s pre-GBBF shindig. I was really impressed by this one. Loads and loads of cedar and gorgeous vinous notes. Extremely easy-to-drink. Seriously so smooth and delicate on the tongue. Thanks to Harrisoni for this gem.

4
madmitch76 (26845) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2015
8th August 2015
Pre GBBF tasting at Chris and Ruth’s. Thanks to Ian for beer of the day! Clear deep amber beer, no head. Palate is smooth and slightly viscous, not much carbonation at all. Sweet malts - toffee caramel. Sweet sherry - quite PX like. Mellow dried fruits. Touch of spice. Light finish. It all comes together fantastically well - a big sweet pudding of a beer. Lovely! Imagine what it would be like with some gentle cask carbonation!


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