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: 469   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tom10101 (5759) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2015
Bottle (275 ml). 2011 vintage. Split 3-ways with czar and the drain. Shared by czar.

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper/amber with a small ring of beige foam.

Aroma: Massive green apples upfront, certainly from the calvados but I think theres also some off green apples notes from the base beer. Theres also a lot of caamel along alcohol and cardboard.

Taste: Green apples, caramel, alcohol, cardboard, ashes and light acidity.

Palate: Medium to full body. Soft carbonation. A tad liquorous mouthfeel. Lingering ashy and green apples finish.

Overall: Unbalanced, not cohesive at all an completely lack of depth. A lot of things are "off" in this one. The J.W. Lees I have tried recently has been hit or miss, and more often on the "miss" side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
luttonm (5444) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Draft at Beer Junction during Barrel Junction days. Slight hazed golden brown, still and thick. Hits of apple leather. Sweet, relatively still. Sweet pulpy pear, woody finish, with some tart cherry. Lovely beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3118) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Arom: fruit, pepper, oak, earth Flavor: sweet! Fruity, pepper spice oak Finish: peppery Medium body, slightly thick Appearance: cloudy orange, white head Good, not awesome

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (930) - SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2014
Like the straight Harvest Ale but less nutty but more like cashews. Sappier too. Better? No carbonation to speak of. Glorious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (11048) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"definitely a dessert beer. super sweet and boozy aroma. body is rich, thick, and very smooth. taste also very sweet, with a touch of bitterness. hides the alcohol better than the aroma. more like a sherry or even a port than a traditional beer."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - AUG 11, 2014
A vibrant mahogany body glows with bright amber highlights

Rich layers of toasted marshmallow, maple syrup, moist dates, and caramel are illuminated by silky fruity tones of green apples and apple cider which build mid palate, the finish introduces nuts and cinnamon rolls on a silky, coating medium plus body featuring drying, peppery peat and oak tannins gaining traction through the residual, which also offers whipped marshmallow and honey drizzled green melon, along with apple pie and coffee cake

275ml capped bottle vintage 2006 consumed August 11, 2014 served at 65 into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jamesthebrit (419) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Awe man his this deleted my rating. Awesome beer. Calvados is better than others. Not gonna rewrite this whole thing. 2006 version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevencon (518) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2014
2008 vintage bottle to snifter glass. Muddy amber tan color with white head dissipates quickly. Boozey raisin aroma with cinnamon prune and nutmeg. Taste is boozey sweet crabapple with wood and prune raisin. The wood adds a lot of spice notes like cinnamon nutmeg vanillin. Very thick body and very sweet. It leaves a jammy texture on the mouth for a while. Very complex and worth taking your time with it. Good cold night sipper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (11963) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle at Craigs tasting, 2006 edition. Sweet caramel, fruity apple, dry, thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9949) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
275ml bottle, thanks Craig. Pours hazy brown, no head. Aromas of dark sugar, sherry. Tate is cardboard and Calvados if you look hard enough. Finishes sweet.

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