J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry)

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

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RATINGS: 389   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Only available filtered and pasteurised in bottles.
Matured in wooden casks of Willoughbys Cream Sherry to impart sweet and nutty flavors. Traditionally many fine malt whiskeys have been matured in sherry casks for the enhancement of both flavor and color.
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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4.6
MetalNHopHead (2020) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 19, 2017
This is the second of two barrel-aged Harvest Ales from J.W. Lees. This sherry version is complex, malty, and smooth. This brew has a ruby red color. Fruity nose with vanilla, wood, toasted malt, and toasted sugar. It tastes like caramel, oak, woodsy vanilla, and sherry-like fruit. There’s some booze, but the alcohol is comfortably mixed with the malt. This drinks wonderfully for 11.5%. This 2014 vintage seems to have responded beautifully to its aging.

4.5
zalfv (3) - - JUN 25, 2017 does not count
Aroma of cocoa and caramel Pours a deep hazy brown with little head which does not linger. Taste is very well balanced, sherry notes throughout the entire sip. Caramelized oaky flavor. Good amount of malt. 2012 bottle ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 20, 2017
Bottle. Poured an orange no head. Aroma is Sweet sticky booze. Taste is sweet with booze syrup caramel sugar finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
ContemplateBeer (2089) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 4, 2017
5.5 oz. mini snifter from HopCat (Louisville); purported to be "Sherry Cask" on their beer menu. Admins: Please move or delete as you see fit. Aroma: Pleasant semi-sweet raisin-like fruits with slightly lesser nutty/caramel malts. Appearance: Tinted copper with light carbonation and a ring of tan head. Flavor: Definite raisin and sweet fruits at the start; more base beer caramel nuttiness towards the finish, which lingers with alcohol heat. Palate: Light body, slick texture, soft carbonation, long finish. Overall: Definitely glad I had a small pour, would be quite rich otherwise. Still, a neat variation to try; would be fascinating to see the base with a less sweet/more complex Sherry, such as a Palo Cortado or Amontillado, even if they are more volatile.

4
gopherfan99 (1959) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2017
Bottle (brewed in 2010); pours cloudy amber with a thin tan head; aroma of sherry, wood, dark fruits, and a hint of brown sugar; taste is sweet with sherry, dark fruits, brown sugar, and wood; finish is sweet and dry with some sherry notes

4.3
hman43 (1612) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2017
It pours a cloudy medium brown with little head retention. There is a slight tan head. It has aromas of toasted and breaded malts along with a strong sherry smell. It also has a nut aroma mixed in as well. There are hints of floral and spice hopes. There are also hints of plums. There sherry flavor is clearly present in the initial flavor with a sweetness to it and some wood flavors with toast and bready malts. There are nuts in the background. The hops are barely noticeable with some low fruit. It has a full body, but not quite chewy. There is very low carbonation with alcohol warmth that is pleasant. Overall this is a delightful barleywine that has a complex mixture of flavors.

4.6
chinchill (5073) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2017
Cask pour at the 2017 ACAF. Clear dark brown with a minimal bubbly head. Fantastic aroma with toffee, bread and sherry. The flavor follows. Perhaps a touch too sweet. Superb creamy smooth mouthfeel.

2.7
wombat23 (1511) - Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2017
275ml bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours a murky copper color with a cream-colored head, which is initially very fizzy and then fades completely away in the first minute or two after pouring. Aroma of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, very sweet malt. Taste is dominated by sweet malt, with additional flavors of caramel, alcohol, toffee, brown sugar, a bit of smokiness, oak, fruitcake, cigarette ash, earth, and a bit of cooked vegetable for good measure. Cloying, alcoholic finish.

3.5
SpringsLicker (3644) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2016
2003 Vintage from my cellar. Clear garnet tinted medium brown with a thin ring of off-white for a head. Complex aroma of dark dried fruits and brown sugar. The flavor is very sweet and follows the aroma. I can’t discern any of the Sherry cask treatment, maybe this has enough Sherry notes from it’s age. This would be much better if not so sweet as the complexities of the beer are nicely done.

4.2
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2016
Vintage 2008, purchased in 2011 and cellared for over 5 years. Poured from a 275 ml bottle. Murky copper color with considerable fine to large sediment, no head and no lacing, but plenty of legs. Aroma of sherry, toffee, prunes, dates and brown sugar. Taste of brown sugar, toffee, plums, sherry, maple, raisins, charred wood and whiskey. Very full body and medium carbonation with a fabulously rich mouthfeel. The occasional larger bits of sediment detract from the experience. (I think I may have to filter the rest.) But otherwise, it seems to have come through the extensive cellaring with aplomb. A very sweet, but rich and complex beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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