J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port)

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%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (6297) - Quebec, - APR 14, 2012
Bottle 275 ml [2007]. Apperance: Pours clear amber with almost no head (off-white). Aroma: Strong notes of porto, caramel, molasses, dark fruits. Taste: Porto, maple, caramel, malt, sweet. Warming alcohol. Overall: Good english barley wine. Maybe a little to much sugar, but really complex and nice to try.

thomashall (1249) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2018 Bottle shared. Caramel brown pour. Aroma is dark fruits, earth, nuttiness. Taste is much the same, little too earthy for me but not bad.

emacgee (4711) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2017
Soft and murky pale brown with a wispy sandy white head. Nose is dense with rich and dried dark fruits, prune, raisin, fig, and slight oxidation. Fig cake in the flavor with dark fruit and warming alcohol. Some burnt sugar.

weihenweizen (4205) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2017
Refrigerated 2014 small brown bottle poured into a snifter. Opaque burnt orange with small beige head. Aroma is rich caramel malt, medium body, low carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is rich caramel, port, toffee, and some oak. Really good beer. Might even be better with even more age.

MetalNHopHead (2261) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 25, 2017
I’ve been having a hell of a lot of fun drinking these barrel-aged Harvest Ale varieties. I was happy to find that the 2014 Port vintage was just as good as the others I enjoyed. Red-brown color. Toasty-sweet malt aromas with a good measure of boozy dark fruit. Heavy caramel, vanilla, and dessert-like vinous grape flavors. This is a rich and full-bodied brew to help put you down for the night.

Homer321 (5248) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Bottle. 2007. Pour is completely flat, light brown with a murky appearance nose is a mix of paper and Sherry oxidation. Light grape and dried fruit esters. Visible alcohol legs. A chewy, lightly sweet mouthfeel. Light alcohol but very smooth. Vinous. For ten years this shit has held up nicely. My biggest knock is the lack of carbonation which hurts the beer a touch. Otherwise it is damn tasty.

50belair (3697) - Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2016
Bottle at Novare Res. Opaque amber pour with a fleeting white head. Sweet caramel and barrel aromas. Really sweet with dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, and mild port highlights. Slightly boozy but more in that mellow after drink kinda way. Good body and mouthfeel.

VsXsV (4572) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle. Clear deep red liquid with minimal white head. Aroma of port wine, raisins, red berries, toffee and licorice. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of port wine, raisins, honey and dried fruit. Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Nice.

Luvystypotables (2099) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2016
Aroma of malt, grape and a sweet sherry like aroma. Cloudy caramel color without much of a head. A sweet taste of tawny port, medium body with a sweet tawny port finish.

wombat23 (2137) - Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2016
9.3 oz. bottle, 2012 vintage. Pour amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, brown sugar, caramel, and alcohol. Taste is super-sweet malt, cloying, fruit cake, vinous, nutty, cardboard, and caramel. Finish is both sweet and boozy.

bottleforager (3211) - Gray, Maine, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Pours a medium to deep copper color with a finger of white foam. Up front sweet malts, honey, underlying nuances of grapey port fruit, currants, slight tannic bitterness mingles with the classic lees sweetness. Sugary.

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