J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry)

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 392   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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Bill Becker (1809) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JUL 15, 2015
Surprisingly good head of foam for this 2012 bottle. Pretty long lasting too and it even has a bit of lacing. The brew itself is a a clear copper. The smell is of big caramel malt that is sure to bring the sweet in the taste. But, its more of a maple syrup like sweetness and I can dig that. Some of the ample alcohol gets through as well. The taste follows through where the smell left off. Sweet maple that coats my tongue without going overboard. Hints of some kind of nut and a mild woody fruity taste that I find totally enjoyable. Booze is there and I think it compliments rather than detracts. As full as medium bodied can get with a subtle level of carbonation. This is very good. $10.15 I do not regret paying.

jackl (8425) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Bottle split @ Clerko. Thanks to whoever shared this. Amber pour with a tiny white head. Nose is full of banana nut bread. Toasted buttered nuts. Some sweet/tart plum skin and baked apple pile. General woodiness shows in the flavor that wasn’t so apparent in the nose. A touch of black pepper. More banana nut bread and sweet plums. Pretty hot and approaching cloying sweetness, which brings down the experience a bit. Thick and oily. Pretty interesting to try.

mixmasterob (1060) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2015
2005 vintage. Murky brown pour with little carbonation. Aroma was big sweet fruits, cake, brown sugar, booze, caramel. Flavors were sweet with big sherry notes throughout. Super smooth and mellow with good boozy notes. More sweet fruits and cake. Syrupy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Finish was sweet, lightly bitter. Not bad for a ten year old barley wine. Super smooth.

alexsdad06 (10821) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle 2005 vintage. Pours a deep amber color with a small off white head. The nose is all barleywine; sweet caramel malts, fruits, raisins, some vanilla, and vinous character. The sherry is there, but not up front. The flavor is just the opposite with the other flavor working hard to appear from behind the wall that is sherry. Overall I enjoyed this beer, but the sherry could be less in your face with this one. Thick and syrupy in the mouth. Definitely a sipper.

czar (9430) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
pours clear golden orange with a nice reviving off-white cap, nice lacing. candied golden raisins, honey and barley sugars - cloying; lightly smoked and salty maltiness, charred wood, umami hint. light to low carbonation, medium-full body - oily and syrupy; cloying spicy-smoky finish. alcohol is well integrated but smokiness is almost embarrassing. then again, perhaps sherry casks also held a scotch? tasting regular harvest proved to also be smoky. mysterious.

johnnymusky (1004) - Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2015
bottle from dusty...2012 vintage...crazy good beer...Brian the regular gives it 5 stiffees...one of the best beers i have ever tried....wow!...(#455)

tmoreau (4645) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2015
Shared 9.3 oz. 2008 bottle poured to snifters, showing a cloudy, brown tone, with a light, quickly diminishing layer of tan foam, light dots, and a lightly viscous, leggy film on the glass. The nose was toffee, caramel sweetness, some dried fruit, and a hint of smoky ham. The taste was similar, adding some alcohol/sherry warmth, and syrupy sweetness to the palate. A mellowed but tasty sipper.

djd07 (15547) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2015
2011 bottle thanks to Paul. Pours a pale orange with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong sherry and smoke. Medium mouth, nice booze, sweet malts, wood, light dryness, very nice.

BeerViking (5049) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2014
The tail end of a shared bottle, hazy brown with a small head, musty alcoholic palate, gunky.

Leighton (22328) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell - thanks to the Cad. Pours clear orange with a frothy, off-white head. Interesting nose with pale wood, white bread, honey, aged fruits, marmalade. Medium to big sweet, subtly peaty, with some honey and caramel, yeast, pale bread. Full bodied, lightly oily, with fine carbonation. Warming finish with creamy, ripe citrus fruits, peach, further peat notes. Incredibly drinkable.

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