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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fonefan (51064) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 20, 2010
Bottle 275ml. @ home.
[ Trade by VikingHammer ]. Clear medium amber orange color with a small average, fizzy, lacing, fully diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dried berry, raisin - plum - prune, moderate bread - oxodide malt, cask wood, light alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to light heavy bitter with a long duration, sweet dried berry, plums - raisim, alcohol warm finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syrupy, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20100418]

yespr (47380) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2008
27.5 cL bottle. Pours hazy dark amber with a lacing off-white head. Smooth dry and roasted malt aroma. Flavour starts sweet but soon reveals a solid berry fruity and light apple-ish note. This one is quite sticky sweet with a light vanilla note towards the finish. Sweetness totally masks the alcohol.

Ungstrup (38381) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2005
An amber beer with a disappearing beige head. The aroma has notes of oranges, apples as well as alcohol. The flavor is deliciously fruity with notes of wood, lots of alcohol and hints of apples and prunes. The cask has lent a little wood to the beer.

anders37 (26987) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2007
Bottle. Thanks to bu11zeye for this one. Vintage 2004. Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Sweet malty and slightly alcoholic dark fruit aroma with some hints of apples. Sweet malty alcoholic dark fruit flavor with some weak hints of calvados. Sweet malty finish. Thanks again Markus.

oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
[email protected] Copper colour, small beige head. Aroma is fruity, apples, some mild alcohol and quite rich on raisins. Flavour is raisins, sweet fruits, alcohol and some burnt sugar and alcohol. Mild liquorice and some ripe fruits.

Travlr (26065) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2010
2007 bottle, recommendation of Greg at Pizzeria Paradiso. Clear golden with no head and no lacing. Aroma of apples and vanilla. Flavor is again apples, but no sourness. Dry and slightly bitter finish. Interesting.

cgarvieuk (25984) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
bottle at home ... recent buy but 2006 brewed .. dark brown ... no head ... big oxidised malt ... light card board nose .. sweet toffee malts ... soft roast .. big oily fruits .... soft fruits .. soft malts ... soft oily fruits ..

madmitch76 (25519) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2010
1st January 2009. Cloudy brown beer. Not much of a head. Low carbonation. Sweet toffee sherry nose. Rich sweet toffee with some porty tones. Silky sumptuous palate. Faint sweet marmite. Finishes with lovely sweet toffee apple and a trace of licorice spice. Unique! Fabulous! Very annoying that I had to get this from the USA!!!!!

Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2008
(Bottle 27,5 cl) Courtesy of boboski. Slightly hazy amber golden with a small, rough off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, wood and sweet caramel. Very full-bodied with almost no carbonation. Very sweet caramel and vanilla and a smooth and soft oxidization. A hint of raisins perhaps. Absolutely no bitterness. 200608

Leighton (22297) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2010
2006 Bottle, at Jimmy’s No. 43 during a Lovullo Tasting Session. One of the best Barley Wines I’ve ever had. Pours a thick, opaque amber-brown with a small, off-white head. Huge, malty aroma with tons of dark, ripe fruits, caramel, toffee, sherry. Flavor is super-sweet, with caramel, honey, apple, loads of malts, brown sugar, white sugar, turbinado sugar (it’s sweet!), and some more toffee. Full-bodied with mild carbonation, warming with very light alcohol presence. Very faint bitterness on the finish. Just a wonderful experience all around.

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