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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2005
2003 Vintage: Very nice and warming, a thick amber brew with a slight, haloed head. Its got a "warm" aroma, but not because its all alcoholic. But the scent is hot and peppery, subdued by a apple & cherry sweetness that makes this more wine-like than liquor-ish. Thick, syrupy, and sticky to drink, it delivers a warm fruity flavor lightly enhanced by earthy hops. The alcohol really only appears as an afterburn in the mouth and on the tongue... and in the blood once it hits bottom.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 4, 2005
A deep amber color and a light brown head. Has a whiskey like aroma. Has a syrup like mouthfeel. A strong alcohol taste but nicely balanced with the hops. Had the 2003 vintage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2005
2003. STRONG taste of alcohol - like drinking 1/2 Absolut, 1/2 beer. Very light copper color, with a thick, syrupy nature. No head, but light carbonation. Much like sipping scotch, and quite sweet. Not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2005
2004. Poured amber with a huge head. The nose was fruity and sweet. The taste though, was all alcohol, to me. Not a big fav for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2005
"2004 Vintage": The beer pulls a splitsville from the 275ml brown bottle and sets in my glass a deep orange-amber color with the head plentiful, the texture creamy and the color a splendiferous light tan, as its dissolves, the resultant lace a silky curtain to drape the glass. Nose has a nice malt presence, a bit of tartness, oak and a hint of caramel, start is decidedly sweet with a nice grain presence, the top is light to medium in feel. Finish is benign in its acidity, the hops overwhelmed by the sweetness and alcohol, quite dry almost vinous, and once again a beer that will age nicely, and a real belly warmer, got to love these beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2005
2003 vintage. Clear and shiny copper-like amber. Thin soapy head with lots of large bubbles on some edges. Sweet granny apple barley wine aroma. Syrupy sweet J.W. lees taste with some brandy-like cask wood taste in there. Hmm... maybe its the half bottle of bordeaux and the snifter of Calvados I consumed prior to this, in honor of my three-day anniversary that is hurting my taste buds.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Surprised I managed to hold out on trying this for as long as I have. Glad I waited, as it finally seems these beers are coming together. Pours a light orange, traces of a head attempt to form at the edge of the glass but fail to pull it off. Big bready aroma, with loads of caramel and toffee, touch of fig. Massive mouthfull of thick toffee, vanilla, plum,and caramel, with a hint of nutty wood on the lingering finish. Didnt find a single trace of apple here personally, but that may just be my palate. I often dont detect but the faintest trace of apple in Calvados itself. Interestingly enough, after this has sit for a while in the snifter, this beer looks almost exactly like Calvados. Great, thick, clinging mouthfeel too. Good stuff, suspect it will be magnificent in about five years.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Orange with white lacing where the head should have been. Huge malt aroma: caramel, vanilla, nuts, honey, maybe a hint of chocolate, cherry, and some plum. Flavor is fruity, malty, and caramel. Other flavors present, but I cant pick them out. This stuff clings to the back of my throat. Nuttiness comes through at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2005
9.3 oz bottle at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena (great bar!). It is amber & golden colored with a medium head. The aroma is incredible with honey, malt, and oak. The flavor is malty, sweet, oak, vanilla, caramel, and nutty (especially walnuts). This is full of flavors and is worthy of its price. What a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Bottle: Sweet aroma and like the Port version, mead-like. Vinous aroma with lots of apple, honey, and some caramel. Pours a transparent golden-orange with a white head (vigorous pour is needed to create a head) that diminishes within a minute or so. Flavor has lots of caramel and honey. Apple presence is pretty significant too. I dont remember any woodiness in the port version, but it makes its presence known in the finish of this one. A touch of alcohol is noticeable in the finish as well as a slight warming affect. Very syrupy and sticky mouthfeel. This is only the second barrel aged version Ive had and I prefer the Port version.

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