J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados)

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

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RATINGS: 477   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2005
I noticed that this one had a weird yeasty alcohol aroma to it, very different from the others. It even had some weird perfume cologne thing happening. This tastes like a burnt carmel apple without the nuts.

3.3
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2005
This had a big citrus aroma compared to the others. Some honey, hops, very sweet notes follow on the aroma. lots of corn syrup and bitter flavors.

3.8
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Deep amber color, medium tan head that stuck a round for quite a while. Lovely aroma of maple, oak, brown sugar, caramel, brandy, and light apple. Flavor is similar but theres this difficult to describe flavor that seeps in and detracts. Words escape me for it. Full bodied, kind of sticky, alcohol is fairly well restrained, but it is noticible. I very much liked this, not as much as the lagavulin but it was certianly better than the port.

3.9
RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Another great beer from JW Lees. This one has an everpresent effervesence...each rising bead bursting at the surface, releasing a powerful apple brandy aroma and wood barrel notes. Flavors of apple, fruit syrup, smoky wood, and alcohol slip unctuously around the mouth and are then chased down the throat by a pissed-off brandy- banshee, that made me shudder ever so slightly...again and again!

3.6
willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2005
08.29.05 275ml bottle, 2003 bottling. The beer rests a brilliant and clear honey amber touched with glistening golden highlights; a creamy white ring of foam surrounds wisps and waves, a webby maze of surface foam. A steady stream of effervescence rises from the glass’s etching. It’s hard to imagine that I’ve heard others state the calvados cask maturation is not evident as I’m enveloped in a fog of apple brandy and wood. Also some biscuit in the background and a fruity marmalade; alcohol is not uncomfortably persistent on the nose, but makes its presence felt. A slick of oil and resin ooze from the glass across the palate. Perhaps I should note that I’m drinking this beer beginning at 60 F. Very sweet to start, then dry cracker, then resin briefly, then old dry and dusty wood. The finish is sharp and the mouthfeel really thins out; a bit too alcoholic (peppery), but plenty musty and the calvados comes through. the result is a beer I could sniff all day but I’m continually let down with each sip. Odd stuff, this.

3.2
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Bright red color. Fairly aromatic, full of deep apple brandy, coconut and vanilla from the wood along with a light aromatic malt presence, with hints of fruits, brown sugar and caramel. The most aromatic of the Harvest cask ales, thus far. Lacking body however, like ever Harvest cask ale. Flavor is very, very sweet, more like a dessert beer and definately more of an after dinner beer. Light apple brandy flavors, caramel and fruit pie with well hidden alcohol. I think these beer need more time in the barrel, perhaps they would take on more depth and body.

3.1
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2005
Deep burnt orange hue with a medium, frothy, white head. An interesting wine-like complexion is overlaid onto the usual caramel, toffee, treacle, alcohol aroma. Though, the alcohol seems more noticeable in this incarnation. Heavily sweet, heavily acidic flavor. Moderately sweet, modeately acidic finish. Moderate alcohol burn. Full bodied, sticky texture, moderate carbonation.

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Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2005 2004 Vintage on tap at the Blind Pig, Champaign, IL. The nose on this beer was amazing. I appreciate both Calvados and good beer on occassion, and the odor was a pleasant combination of the two, particularly the notes of stewed apples and vanilla. On the palate, brown sugar and honey make for nice additions with a fine hop finish. Midway through my second glass, the sweetness was a bit overpowering. I picked up two bottles at the Corkscrew (Urbana, IL) for the cellar.
---Rerate from one of the cellared bottles. Not as impressed as I was with the tap version. Here the sweetness is quite overwhelming. The Calvados nose and added flavors are less pronounced, rather its mostly the sweetness that remains. Unfortunate. What was a 4.3 for me will lessen to a 4.0

3.9
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2005
2003 Vintage: Very nice and warming, a thick amber brew with a slight, haloed head. It’s got a "warm" aroma, but not because it’s 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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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.


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