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: 385   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (11656) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle at Craigs tasting, 2005 edition. Sweet and fruity, caramel, raisins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (9808) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
275ml bottle from Craig. Pours pale brown, no head. Aromas are nit surprisingly, sherry, boozy. Taste is rich sherry, boozy fruit. Very nice. Best of the ones tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3437) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
Bottle. Clear mahogany with no head. Aroma of sherry, dried Fruits. Taste of dried fruit, raisins, prune, sherry. Sweet and bitter. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McNeillR (2264) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
Clear, headless auburn. Vinious, wee bit rusty/oxidised. Lightest wood, floral and sweated apple. Sticky, light figs and maple. Similar but a bit more boozy on the finish. Again amazing soft cloying, lasting and a bit dry.

Bottle, Cheers CAGarvieUK, 2005 bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weaselkenievil (1608)
- Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
Bottle at home watching the awesome Eddie Alvarez do his stuff. Dark amber brown with a medium to thick off white yellowed head. Aroma of light sherry, marzipan, treacle toffee, caramel, fruitcake. Flavour is sweet malts, sherry and wood, caramel. Palate is rich but not too much for a barley wine. Loving this. One of Manchesters finest beers!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jamesthebrit (417) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2014
Pretty sure this is not retired. Anyway this would be the last one if not for a certain different site banning me for no reason. It was for the best. You want a beer to smell good... Holy crap this is it. Apples. Citrus lemon note. A tinge of boozy. Some bread. Almost like a bees wax note. Looks.. Rustic. Hazy redish brown oak color. Minimal head. Taste is like the smell. Very sweet (I think sherry is sweet?) a wine like note. A little bready a little yeasty a little oak. Citrus on the finish. Apple. Pear. Honey! Thats what it is. Big honey note. Palate is perrrrrrfect. Medium body. Sits smooth. Goes down smooth. Great flavor development. These beers are amazing beers. This one has more of a sweetness compared to the others but is still very balanced. Tons of flavor and better on the palate than the others. Would love to do a tasting with all of them but.... $$$$$. Totally worth is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (5537) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 14, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. 2011 bottle. Pours orange with a small head, aroma of glue, cherry, wood, honey and vanilla, flavor is round with oak, wine, fruity, zesty, sweet, full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerenmk (4504) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks zvikar. 2011 bottle. Hazy amber, white head. Malt, bread and date honey aroma, sweet, rich taste, a little medicinal. Smooth, no carbonation, cherry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - FEB 20, 2014
A vibrant mahogany body glows with bright amber and fiery vermillion highlights

Rustic, yet creamy oak barrel, sweet red wine, cream and marshmallow fluff, fig, maple, accented with apple, and pear, the palate rendered less viscous than that of the base ale, while retaining its exceptionally silky nature finishing with a bright and juicy red wine note, hints of orange zest, a soft and dark grape skin dryness emerges followed by an echo of toasted marshmallow which flows through the residual revealing a bit of strawberry-rhubarb pie, cream, and light smokey roast faint nutty caramel notes emerging late, cherry juice characteristics are conjured with further warmth

275ml capped bottle vintage 2006 consumed February 20, 2014 served at 65 into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomer (3254) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - FEB 19, 2014
At a tasting, many thanks zvikar, quite clear orange to very light copper colour, aroma of brown sugar, figs and a strong sherry presence, flavour of raisins, dark honey, dried apricots and lots of sherry, light but noticble bitterness, strong bitterness that blends in and is not cloying, flavour is round and amazingly mellow. Very good sipping beer.

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