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: 392   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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3.7
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Orange golden, fine off-white head. Sweet apple and orange aroma with notes of caramel and alcohol. Milder than the other 3 barrel matured Harvest Ales. Sweet and rather sticky flavor. Fruit, orange and hop, but no sherry?! Powerfull and dry.

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Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2005 Bottle, Vintage 2003: Pouring a clear, deep amber color with a slender white head, this has a sweet malt aroma laced with cherries, plums, and vanilla. It’s very creamy - and alcohol hot - in the mouth. The flavor is a toasty sweet malt with dried fruits, a light hopping, vanilla, and alcohol. The finish is like a dry whiskey. This is a repeater, definitely.

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3.7
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 11, 2005
2003 bottle from LoweredSixth. Crystal clear medium amber in color, very much like a dark cider or apple juice. Slight white head with light lacing. Aroma is a bit subdued to me. Slightly sweet in nose. Medium bodied. Very smooth and creamy. Distinctively sweet flavors of malt. Perhaps a touch of wood. Very nice. Going to have to get more of this.

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JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2005
Clear reddish amber. Creamy off-white head, fades to a soapy thin covering. Immediate aroma of vanilla and sherry. Fruity raisins and some sake-like notes also enter the nose. Sweetened malt and hops are in the taste. Complexities include fresh melon, vanilla cask.Very good... glad I have two more :)

3.8
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2005
A bit of a ruby amber tinge to it. This is an extremely attractive looking brew. Nose of butterscotch, cream sherry. Small whitish head dissipates mostly, leaving just a ring around the side of the glass. Sweet caramel, chewy, oily body, oak, wood, vanilla, rich malts. Great, all the way through the finish. Nice balance and finesse for such alcohol. Warming, this is definately a fireside brew. Quite enjoyable.

4.1
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Aged and on tap at BW3’s in downtown Indianapolis. I’m 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 I’ve 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
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
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
bu11zeye (13029) - 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
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.


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