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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: 385   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (3352) - Edmonton, Alberta, - JAN 21, 2012
RBAG. FROM 330ml brown bottle. Murky dark brown. Thin whitish film of foam. Nose has big grains, caramel and toffee, light alcohol. sweet tase, brown sugar and toffee, hints of tobacco. Brown sugary and tobacco in the finish. Full body, light fine carbonation. Excellent, sweet but very satisfying. 2004 bottle.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3480) - 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 cant discern any of the Sherry cask treatment, maybe this has enough Sherry notes from its age. This would be much better if not so sweet as the complexities of the beer are nicely done.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MadRobin (2843) - Silver Spring, Alabama, 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10492) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2016
2008. A little over the top sweet with lots of grain and caramel coming through the port like character. Not bad but not great. Smooth for 11%.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4882) - Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2016
275 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2012 vintage, bottled on 5/23/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, golden raisin, plum, fig, apricot, apple, white grape, toasted biscuit, and oak; with lighter notes of leather, tobacco, nuttiness, vanilla, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bready malt, fruity yeast, sherry barrel, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, golden raisin, plum, fig, apricot, apple, white grape, toasted biscuit, and oak; with lighter notes of leather, tobacco, nuttiness, vanilla, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, golden raisin, plum, fig, apricot, apple, white grape, toasted biscuit, oak, leather, tobacco, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt, fruity yeast, sherry barrel, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/slick, and lightly syrupy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English barleywine. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt, fruity yeast, sherry barrel, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mike5326 (1651) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Hazy copper color, small white head. Musky grain aroma. Medium body with a sweet port flavor and a sweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Luvystypotables (1734) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2016
A grape like aroma, with a hint of sherry and malt. Pours a hazy caramel. Sweet sherry like taste with a medium body and a sweet boozy finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bulk_Carrier (4118) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - DEC 30, 2015
2010 bottle. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking hazy burnt brown color with no head or lacing. Dont let the appearance fool you, as the smell takes in the normal qualities of an English Barleywine. Tobacco, vanilla, caramel, toffee and cocoa blend to be a really nice sweet and dry aromatic quality. The flavor is sticky sweet carrying it into the finish. Less vanilla displays all around. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation runs extremely light but Im guessing thats due to the age of the beer, so no hit from me. Overall, as an aged barleywine, this is absolutely awesome and would love to have again.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lukaduke (3050) - Gray, Maine, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Pours a medium copper color with a finger of white foam. Sweet toffee, rich honey and layers of maple, nutty, soft prune and dried fruit. A bit sticky and less cohesive than some of the other variants.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (3227) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Very rich and delicious. The best parts are the aroma and taste with very volatile bold bursting components. The sherry characteristics match perfectly with those of this beer - fruits, toffee, caramels, oak. Excellent body too.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - SEP 7, 2015
2012 bottle. Solid orange pour with no head. Aroma is sweet brown sugars and toasted nuts. Taste is very earthy, woody, and very sweet... Like cloying sweet. Very low carbonation. Having a hard time finishing because of the sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden. Would love to try different versions. Its probably the sherry making it too sweet for my liking.


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