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: 422   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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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3.5
FlacoAlto (4234) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Pours a rich copper color that is brilliantly clear. It is fairly well carbonated and is topped by a frothy light tan colored head. The aroma is predominantly one of rich concentrated malt and hops, but at the end there is an aroma of concord grapes and tannic red grape skins. The grape aromas seem to meld with the hop notes. The taste is sweet and finishes with a port like finish. This beer has a definite port note to it, it doesn’t quite meld with the beer aspect though. The other cask aged versions where better integrated though. The malty notes of this beer remind me of caramel, lightly toasted biscuits. There is a nice bitterness here in the finish that melds with a slight tannic. There also seems to be some subtle hop notes of pine and a hint of citrus. This is still good, just not quite as good a combination as the other beers in this series.

4.2
DewBrewer (294) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2005
275mL bottle. Reddish color with nice head. The aroma is complex with malt, sweetness, and alcohol. Wow, the flavor is very complex with cherry, grape, and other fruityness. As it warmed, vanilla joined the flavor party and the port cask became apparent. This is an incredible line of beers and we can’t wait to try them all. Highly recommended if you like barleywines.

3.6
goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Poured a copper color. Sweet aroma with notes of caramel, wine, peach, and alcohol. Flavors of sweet amlt, caramel, some cherry, and nice warming finish. Full bodied and syrupy.

3
asheft (3125) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2005
Bright light orange with a swirly film head. Sweet aroma that’s bready and grainy with some fruitiness that includes apricot. High ABV obvious in aroma. Fruity and sweet flavour with lots of concord grape and pumpernickel. A tad metallic with a lighter body than the original (2001) Harvest. Surprisingly, the barrel aging made this beer less enjoyable.

3
muzzlehatch (4975) - 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 (3486) - 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 (4543) - 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 (10155) - 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 (38986) - 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.


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