Brewed by J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 1090   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
Available filtered and pasteurised in 275ml dark glass bottles. Has appeared occasionally in cask.
This fully fermented strong ale has been brewed by J.W. Lees as a celebration of the brewers art since 1985. Harvest Ale can be enjoyed now or laid down like a vintage wine for enjoyment in years to come.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (949) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - MAR 3, 2017
This is the 1998 vintage: Ive had this bottle for about 3 years now so I decided now was the time to try it: It pours from 275ml bottle a clear very deep brown with lots of red highlights and when I hold my glass up to the light, I see no sediment. The foam whilst pouring looked like it was going to be non existant or at least, very small but when I put my glass down on the table theres a nice 1" layer sitting there all pretty looking. Plenty of sticky lacing on the sides of my glass as well. Btw, the small head of foam stays around for the entire session. On to the smell and Im greeted with a very strong nose of caramel malt along with some dark fruit like raisin, plum, and some fig. Nice. The taste is very sweet because of the huge caramel malt but as in the smell, I can taste some raisin, plum, sherry, molasses, some chocolate. and other flavours that I cant even begin to describe accurately. Theres a decent warming during and after the swallow but at 11.50%abv, it comes as no surprise. The mouthfeel is really chewy and the carbonation is low and it finishes as sweet as it started out. What a sipper! What a Barleywine Style Ale! I *have* to pick up some more of these...any and all vintages I can find...because Im getting a great drinking experience here and for the price, I think its a damned good bargain. I highly recommend it!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3989) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Labeled "Autumn Limited Edition" (2013). Orangish-maroon body, mightily carbonated, and with a light caramel colored head. Sherry and malt soak those, soon followed by heavy Marsala notes. This rolls over the palate in medium-viscous wavers. Wet Marsala flavors permeate the tongue, followed by crashing waves of sherry, and deep, aged maltiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (3000) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2017
Cask Half Pint at White Horse, Parsons Green, London in Nov 2010 - Deep Reddish-Amber in colour. Very Malty; toasted malts, toffee, caramel, honey. Very Fruity; spiced fruit, raisins, dates. Rich, full-bodied, rather syrupy. Very sweet fruity malty; liquid fruitcake. Noticeable alcohol. One of those must try beers. Would be interesting to try a well aged bottle. Nice Barley Wine! (2010-11)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Parmenion777 (242) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2017 A hazy amber pour with a tiny head. A ripe fruity aroma, prunes, raisin, and some caramel. Syrupy sweet caramel, toffee, prunes and raisins with an alcohol warmth to the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (2954) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Dark amber pour with a slight white head. Very low carbonation. Tons of caramel butterscotch and toffee. Yum!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (7563) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2017
2002 vintage. Thanks to whoever shared this. Deep amber pour with a small head. Nose is a bit knackered. Cardboard and plum preserve. Spiced apple and sweet grains. Flavor is similar. Hot raisin. Flabby. Very rich. Decent stuff thats long in the tooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (896) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2017
12oz bottle shared at tasting. Caramel pour. Super sweet aroma with booze. Taste is really sweet, very smooth, love it. So well done!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BritAlesRule (216) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2017
A big, bold aroma of smoldering wet leaves, smoky ash residue, and sweet caramel. Taste is old fashioned candy with a rummy backdrop. This is a big, big beer. It doesnt quite come together 100%, but has as much going on as anything I have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (2197) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2016
1999 vintage for rating 1999 A: Purplish black, thin white head, lacing. N: Raisin, oxidation, earth, esters, some leather, caramelized brown sugar, molasses, treacle. Toffee and caramel. T: Very sweet but not cloying. M: Medium heavy body, very sticky, light alcohol, soft carbonation. O: An excellent beer. This has aged marvelously. Buy and store.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
martythesmarty (246) - SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2016
Bottle. Pours brown with almost no head. Aroma is very sweet and has notes of caramel and liqueur chocolate candy. Taste has notes of barn.

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