J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port)

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

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RATINGS: 418   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Only available filtered and pasteurised in bottles.
Matured in wooden casks of Willoughbys Crusted Port to impart sweetness and a heavy vinous characteristic. The tradition of port is very English and many of the port houses proudly trace their ancestry back to the U.K. Portuguese wines were fortified with brandy to improve their keeping properties during shipment.
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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muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Jan 2005, 2x275 ml (2003 vintage): The Great Montreal Barley Wine Blowout with asheft, beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, tiggmtl, Rastacouere and Yowie, #11. This is quite similar to the Sherry version, very light in color with little head, sweetish simple alcoholic nose, very sweet and vinous in the flavor...port not really distinguishable to me, quite simple, and with some unpleasant salty/metallic bitterness towards the end. The weakest of the four barrel-aged versions.

3.5
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Clear copper color with no head. Aroma of caramel, apricot or peaches and alcohol. Flavor of caramel, fruits and alcohol. Light to medium body, liquorous texture, very soft carbonation. Not as good as the regular Harvest Ale.

2.8
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Sour yet sweet syrup aroma. Clear copper-orange with thin, off-white, fully diminishing head. Nice looking carbonation. Excessively sweet with some fruitiness but fairly one dimensional. Somewhat thin. Low carbonation. Sampled fourth in a comparison of the regular harvest ale followed by the four barrel aged versions. As with the Sherry version, there is not a lot of barrel-aged character to this one. Bottle sampled with asheft, beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Rastacouere and Yowie. Thanks, Dorwart!

3.5
MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
The Lure:
Again, a filtered orange gown, much lighter in colour than the regular Harvest Ale, divulges simple alcohol and subdued malt sweetness. Where’d the decadence go?

The Festivities:
Soothing caramel amongst orange syrup in a sensual body, although nowhere near that of the regular Harvest Ale. A little alcohol and an overall sweeter flavor profile than the sherry-aged version.

Transcendence:
A quiet hedonist with no friends to share and increase his pleasure.

3
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Light orange color, no head. Strong red wine emanations capture the nostrils. Fruit syrup (apricot, pears) make up for a powerful liquor flavour. Extremely sweet palate, like apricot juice over an oxidized grape liquor. Syrupy medium body contributes to the cloying aspects.

3.7
Ungstrup (37674) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2005
An amber beer with no head. The aroma is domintated by alcohol, but also with notes of peach and spices. The flavor is extremely sweet and very malty as well as lots of caramel, but there is surprisingly no Port present.

3.3
madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2005
Bottled: Deep clear golden almost orange coloured. Small beige head. Loads of alcohol, orange and sweetness in the nose. Flavour is light fruity and sweet, and again the alcohol is quite obvious. The Port aging dosn’t seem to have given anything to the beer.

3.1
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Bottle (duh): Pour a clear rich golden hue with a fizzy head which settles to a small ring and little to no lace. The aroma is indeed vinous with the port wood character at the forefront. Rich nose of honey, caramel, and earthy yeast as well. The taste is quite sweet, more than the normal JW Lees Harvest Ales. A lot of fruity components make for an interesting background but alas, can’t keep me from going "over-the-top" on this one. Salty, twangy undertone with a nice bitter kick upon the finish is the only reason I can even finish this right now. The alcohol fusel note is actually well masked all things considering. Perhaps it will improve with proper cellaring, but of all the Harvest Ales, this holds the least promise.

2.9
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Medium to light amber, very slight head fades fast and complete. Aroma lightly of caramel, wood, and a touch of cough syrup. Light to medium caramel flavors fuse into an alcohol and wood heat. There is also a faint cough syrup flavor that almost reminds me of Jaeger. Interesting, but ultimately a bit harsh and disjointed.

3.7
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Big ups to qwak for this one. Clear gold, no head. Nose is heavily laced with honey but still has the qualities of an English barleywine. The sweet honey is joined by rasins and some stick citrus and dark fruits, brown sugar. Not very complex but good.


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