J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port)

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 417   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Pretty, shimmering orange-gold, very slight line of bubbles rise up from the middle of the glass. Nose much more restrained than most of the Lees Ive had, bit sweet and sugary, just not much there. Strange flavor, no real toffee or butterscotch depth, just very sweet and sugary, mild maltiness on the backside. Sticky palate. Not nearly as good as the sherry version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (6002) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Clear golden to amer color with a small dense white head. Sweet aromas of malt, caramelized sugar and light fruit. Hint of alcohol warms the nose. Thick, lightly silky feel. Sweet malt and hints of fortified wine. The least favorite of these limited editions.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (13761) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Sparkling amber body with white head. Aroma is medium sweet, alcohol, some herbal, corn. Taste is very sweet, some port, finishing with a big alcohol warming/slight burn. Syrupy, full body. This one is too sweet with too little else. This one pales in comparison to the sherry-aged version, the only other one I have sampled so far. Interesting how great the difference is between the two.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (6214) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 5, 2004
2003 bottle. Pours a golden orange with some deep browns and dark red tints. Small off-white head. Smells fairly sweet (candied apples, sugary grape juice, extra sweet caramel) but otherwise just basically malty. Flavor is ridiculously sweet. Its like eating candy. Youve got the sweetness of Lees Harvest ale to begin with, full of caramel malt and sugar, and then toss in some extra sweet port and its just a mess of sugary candied sweetness. I find almost no vinous notes that I would expect from port aging, no real complexities for that matter. Body is at least smooth and drinkable, but wow, this is too much for me. J.W. Lees does not need to be made sweeter than it already is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Sparkling clear amber body with lazy bubbles that form a medium somewhat fizzy off-white head. Muted malty aroma, maybe a little bit vinous but very mellow. Sweet and alcoholic. Too sweet and alcoholic IMO. Lacks any complexity or depth. The body is big and syrupy and is probably the best thing going on here. This is my first sample of the series and hopefully things will improve from here on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2858) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Small white head that settles quickly with a slight lace. Clear light orange/copper hued brew. Medium sweet maltynose with a touch of smoke. Medium body, creamy yet fuzzy. Sweet malt flavors, wood, touch of honey and caramel, very faint port notes, light fruitiness. Finish is fairly sweet(not as sweet as i thought it would be) with more wood showing up. Interesting, definately needs aging though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2004
Bottle pours translucent golden, small fizzly white head, extremely low carbonation, with decent lacing.   Definiite alcohol on the nose, with some slight charred wood and sweet buttery notes.   Extremely sweet on the tongue, slight toffee flavor, but moreso a buttery sweetness coats the mouth?   This one didnt seem to impart as much flavor as the other two I have rated (Sherry is left).   Decent, but overly sweet for my taste.   Thanks goes out to jeffc666 for the trade!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Viscous pour and deep golden body with lethargic carbonation and a sudsy white head. Aroma lacks the distinct character of the other cask-aged varieties. Strong alcohol in the nose plus some very faint wine notes. A hint of port comes through in the flavor but not enough to entice. 9 oz. is a massive quantity for a beer like this. This is the weakest of the four cask aged J.W. Lees. Thanks to MR548 for sharing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2004 Pours the usual clear orange with a thick white head. More sweet aroma with a touch of wine. The flavor is so sweet that I cant handle it. Some fruitiness from the port barrel. Decent but too sweet!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Tasting this beer along side of the sherry, whiskey, and calvados. This is was the first to pour, and the last to have any trace of head. The aroma of this one has a good note of malt, alcohol, and sea salt. The flavor to this one is just not as good as the others. The port does not seem to add much to the beer, but perhaps I need to drink more wine to learn to enjoy this one more.

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