J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados)

Formerly brewed at J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 476   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
Only available filtered and pasteurised in bottles.
Matured in wooden Etienne Dupont Calvados casks from the end of October until mid March.
This fully fermented ale has been brewed by JW Lees as a celebration of the brewers’ art. Harvest Ale can be enjoyed now or laid down like a fine wine for enjoyment to come.

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emacgee (4704) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2016
2006 bottle. Probably should have consumed this sooner. Whatever. Super murky and viscous tawny amber pour with almost no carbonation and barely a wisp of head. Nose shows tons of dried dark fruits, prune, raisins, dried apples, burnt sugar, caramel, and oxidized malt. IN.TENSE flavor. Like condense dried fruit juice and burnt sugar/caramel. Apple note comes through more than you’d expect at this age. Definitely some oxidation going on. Super full bodied and coating mouthfeel.

Cristobal37 (1200) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 1, 2016
2009 bottle. Cloudy brown some floatimg turds and sediment at the bottom. Sweet liquor or sweet wine aroma. Big malty barley wine with lots of sweet grape or apple in it. Aroma is slightly misleading because taste is also sweet but with a ripe fruit smack. The Calavdos barrels are extremely apparent, heavy raisin taste. Different for sure but a bit too sweet for me.

kapusil (1476) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 1, 2016
0.33l bottle thanks to Cristobal37. Hazy brownish dark orange body, practically no head with huge chunks of sediment. Aroma of dark sugar syrup, apple brandy, cider and oak. Taste of caramel, burned sugar, toast and apple cider. Quite boozy beer. This cider brandy character makes it very unique for me.

chinchill (5226) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2016
Shared 2008 bottle. Clear body looks like whisky but with a good light tan head. Very sweet up front but more moderate by the finish. Sweet malty aroma with more complexity in the flavor.

markducommun (1212) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2016
Beautiful deep red orange color, minimal head. Deep sweet caramel, very dried fruit forward. Raisins. Incredibly sweet, minimal bitterness. Heavy body, very clean mouthfeel. Very long finish. Excellent.

maley1 (1301) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 8, 2016
Hazy amber pour with small off white head. Aroma of malts, caramel, apple brandy, hops and a slight funky cheese aroma. Taste of caramel malts, toffee, green apple, brandy, hops and fruits. Full bodied, soft carbonation, nicely balanced. Delicious beer, a little off putting from the funky cheese aroma. Possibly an infected bottle but taste said otherwise. Very enjoyable beer.

VsXsV (4528) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle. Hazy deep amber liquid with small to medium off-white head. Aroma of booze, wood, raw sugar, toffee and raisins. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, raisins and booze. Full bodied with low carbonation. Meh.

Luvystypotables (2039) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2016
Aroma of Granny Smith Apples, and a caramel malt, pours a hazy fresh apple cider like brown with no head or carbonation. Tastes of malt, sweetish apple brandy with a medium body and a sweet caramel malt finish. Better than any Clavados I’ve ever had.

radagast83 (8301) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2016
2010 bottle at the May 1st DC tasting. Poured a dark brown, ruby color with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma was boozy malts, light barrel notes. The flavor is better than the regular J.W. Lees, in that there’s a bit more complexity here. Light barrel notes, toffee, sweet character.

GenDV138 (7579) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle at the DC RateBeer Tasting, thanks radagast83! Slightly hazy brownish orange with beige head. Aromas of raisins, caramel, toffee, butterscotch. Tastes of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, light booze, oak. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

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