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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available

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RATINGS: 387   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Aged and on tap at BW3s in downtown Indianapolis. Im not sure how old this vintage was, but this beer was great. It has a dark brown color with a lasting tan head. It has a sweet malt aroma that gives off a smooth character. Rasin and plum notes in the aroma. It has a very sweet syrupy flavor and feel. The first sip left an amazing nutty flavor in my mouth. It tasted like I had just had several walnuts. This was one of the most distinct and noticable flavors Ive ever had from a beer. Further samples brought on brown sugar and vanilla as well as an alcohol that had a wine characteristic. This is a very good beer when it has had time to sit.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Very stron alcohol sweetness in the nose,, some fruityness. Copper body, no head. Sweet and fruity, not much sherry in this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Sampled February 2005
Pours with a frothy light tan head that is fairly thick, and held up by a persistently beading carbonation. The beer itself is brilliantly clear rich copper color. The aroma is a heady mix of concentrated malt, alcohol, and surprisingly, it smells of sherry. I also pick up some notes of soft vanilla. The taste is quite viscous and has a strong malty sweetness to it. The sweetness is accentuated by notes of nutty sherry, and a rich fig-like fruitiness. This beer finishes with a lingering hop bitterness that is not overwhelming but provides a nice counterpoint to the sweetness found up front.

The mix of nuttiness from the Sherry and vanilla notes is really quite nice. This beer is a nice dessert beer, and even reminds me of a liquor with its alcohol notes in the finish. This beer has some serious malt notes as well, it tastes of toasted malt, caramel, and toffee. This beer, as one would expect is rich and filling, it is quite thick and almost coats my mouth. I really like the extra dimension that the sherry adds to this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12908) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2005
(Bottle, 03 vintage) Pours a clear amber body with a medium-sized white head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, and some sherry. The cask is not as evident as the Laguavulin version. Flavor of sweet malt and some alcochol (nicely hidden for 11.5%).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2005
Light rust with pink accents and a small and mostly lasting head of foam. Strangely lighter in color compared to the brown colored original JW Lees Harvest Ale. Deeply malty aroma showing hints of caramel, toffee and toasted bread along with infused sherry barrel aromas (Sherry, vanilla, wood) and a suspicion of honey and strawberries. Rich, full, nutty and caramel laden fruit flavors coat the palate, while the barrel certainly did mellow this out quite a bit providing notes of sherry, vanilla and wood. This really is very elegant and complex and the flavors are so ever changing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2674) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Bottle @ Toronado of the 2003 vintage. Orange-reddish color with no head. A strong syrup sherry flavor with an oily thick finish. Interesting flavors and a rich maltiness that does just enough to handle the 11.5% abv.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (4121) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Better head on this one than the Lagavulin; slightly darker as well with an amber/gold color. Less rich in aroma than the Lagavulin, much more plain "vintage ale" quality of toasted caramel, wood, and a cellar, with the sherry being hard to detect. The sweetness is more distinguishing here...I guessed that they used a sweet sherry, and it looks like I was right (Willoughbys Cream Sherry).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1455) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Appearance is dark golden with a small dissipating head. Aroma is spicy with sherry notes. Flavor is sweet with an aged quality to it. Good barleywine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 24, 2005
Light carmel color w/little or no head. Creamy malt and light sherry nose. heavey on the palate with sweetness throughout and a long finish. Rich malt, some sublte nuttiness with a salty sherry edge. A bit cloying but should settle down with time.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (3047) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2005
Bright light orange with a foamy head that recedes to a wispy film that leaves some lace on the sides of the glass. Pumpernickel bread and caramel aroma accentuated by some sourness and wood. Cereal grain, sweet and spicy malt with apricot, raisin. A little metallic with a full body but not as full as the original harvest. Barrel aging did not make this beer any better than the original Harvest (2001)--it was actually not as good.


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