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: 473   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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alliance100 (1137) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2015
9.3oz bottle - 2012 vintage - at Hopcat GR - pours a hazy orange . Strong aroma of dark fruit, caramel and hints of Apple with some alcohol. Thick and syrupy ( in a good way ) toffee notes and bits of apple skin on the finish . Overall pretty tasty , would revisit . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2015
[3/1/15] Draught at The Beer Junction in Seattle. Clear orange-amber. Kinda vinous aroma with fruitiness, oak, a peaty touch and a sourish hint. Sweet flavor with caramel, calvados, oak, a peaty touch, a sourish note and alcohol. Mouthfeel is a bit oily. A bit too much calvados and alcohol. Had better versions of JW Lees Harvest Ale.

johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2015
2012 vintage....thanks dusty....nose is all butterscotch....mouth is the same with a dash of pear and booze...really nice!

czar (8996) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
pours almost clear bright orange-red, little to no head, no lacing - calvados-like appearance. sweet fruity caramel, barley sugar, cotton candy sugars - cloying sweetness, cigarette buts, toasted cardboard, pepper, english yeast. very light carbonation, full body - thick and heavy; cloying easrthy-ashy-grassy-spicy finish. funfair flavors (!), cigarettes, cotton-candy, etc., which is unpleasant. DP.

tom10101 (6029) - 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 there’s also some off green apples notes from the base beer. There’s 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.

luttonm (6150) - 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.

tgncc (3129) - 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

zimbo (959) - 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.

slowrunner77 (11911) - 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."

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 65º into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter

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