J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2011: 25th Anniversary Version

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96
85
style
Brewed by J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
Serve in Snifter

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unknown

on tap
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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Fermented with Champagne yeast.

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3.9
dfearnley (2143) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 13, 2017
I am a finite creature in a sea of infinite hoppiness. Lots of caramel and dark fruits in the aroma along with a hint of fermented apple. This is smokier and less sweet than the original and that’s fine by me.

4.6
superspak (5594) - Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2017
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/1/2011. Pours very hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, prune, fig, date, cherry, berry, apricot, orange, apple, sherry, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, toasted oak, brown bread, leather, and tobacco; with lighter notes of vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate, coffee, smoke, herbal, pepper, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, oak, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, prune, fig, date, cherry, berry, apricot, orange, apple, sherry, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, toasted oak, brown bread, leather, and tobacco; with lighter notes of vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate, coffee, smoke, and herbal, pepper, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/peppery bitterness and oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, cherry, berry, apricot, orange, apple, sherry, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, toasted oak, brown bread, leather, tobacco, herbal, pepper, light chocolate/coffee, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, oak, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness and carbonation as well. High carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, fairly crisp, and lightly slick/sticky/tannic/prickly balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is well hidden with a mild warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an insane English barelywine! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, oak, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to sip on for the big ABV; thanks to the elevated carbonation. Pretty unique with the champagne yeast and resulting high carbonation; but still extremely rich, complex, and full bodied like the normal harvest ale; with nice added oak presence. A highly amazing offering all around.

3.1
Finn (7547) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 16, 2016
Flaske 275ml fra Tuckers Maltings. Delt med djoeye & Rune på Nerstranda 6 Nov 16. Gylden. Lett uklar. Aroma av sherry. Smaken mandler. Lett søt. Gjennomgående sherrypreg.

3.2
Rune (12773) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2016
250ml bottle bought at Tuckers Maltings in Newton Abbot. Dissipating, bubbly, pearl white head. Poor lacing. Close to clear amber in body appearance. Aroma of sherry, dark caramel and dark fruits. Sweet taste of raisin, plums, caramel and bread. Impression of sherry and fruit cake. Heavy, sweet and warming. (Shared with djoeye and Finn, Tromsø 06.11.2016).

3.4
djoeye (4605) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2016
Aroma; fruit bowl, strong caramel, yeast, bread notes, leaves, malts. Look; almost headless, near clear amber body, unclear last pour. Taste; herbal liquor, sweet, caramel, rubber, yeast, leaves - nice fruity sweet’ish finish. Feel; solid body. Overall; nice sipper overall. [[email protected] w Finn&Rune 6nov2016]

4.1
Gluepot (640) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2016
A massive, fizzy light tan head on an unfiltered toffee coloured body. The nose features raisins, apricots, toffee and a serious touch of acidity. The taste profile features deep toffee and caramel, which just keeps growing through the taste experience. superior. Well blended undertastes include raisins, some citrus hops, grapes and a nice hint of acidity. Smooth, rich, well integrated and not too sweet or cloying.

3.1
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2016
[ bottle ][ 1.5oz ][ @Tasting ][ $? ][ mini snifter ][ 05.01.16 ]
translucent copper, puffy white head drops but laces well. Leafy caramel tea, lightly green, plenty of sugar through the nose. Soft profile of course, plenty of caramel and toffee, okay with lightly green elements, and finishing with more light caramel and paper, bitterness nonexistent. Sticky and watery, toffee delivery but sweetness in check.

3.5
nimbleprop (8382) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2016
12oz bottle pours a clear orange with a ring of white head. Nose has malt, orange, butterscotch, mild oxidation. Flavor is sweet with malt and butterscotch, honey, a little agave syrup. Finishes sweet but also fairly smooth.

3.5
radagast83 (8065) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2016
Confirmed 2011 Anniversary bottle at the May 1st DC tasting. Poured a dark brown, ruby color with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma was sweet, boozy malts. Very light oxidized notes, not a lot of soy thankfully. Alcohol still burns here as well. Sipping.

3.5
GenDV138 (7284) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle at the DC RateBeer Tasting. Clear golden amber with beige head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, butterscotch. Tastes of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, syrup, raisins. Medium-light body with a dry finish.


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