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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1092   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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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 doesn’t quite come together 100%, but has as much going on as anything I have ever had.

Sarlacc83 (2287) - 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.

martythesmarty (321) - 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.

dmctaster (89) - Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2016 2009 edition. Orange-brown with a thin yellow head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, raisins, and plums. Tast is sweet toffee, caramel, and raisin.

redders1974 (1403) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2016
Murky brown minimal head. Taste Christmas in a glass mince pie sherry marzipan nice but too sweet for me

djoeye (4605) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2016
Aroma; sweet fruits, strong caramel, sweet amber malts. Look; white low head, clear amber body, unclear last pour. Taste; sweet, caramel, herbal liquor, sweets - herbal sweet finish. Feel; solid body n flat. Overall; nice sipper anyway. [[email protected] w Finn&Rune 6nov2016]

Patrickctenchi (6556) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2016
Bottle: (2013) Cloudy brown with a light beige ring. Cola, caramel, molasses aroma. Very sweet and syrupy....caramel malt, molasses, brown sugar flavour. Extremely rich......wonderful, but I don’t think I could drink very much of it.....grows overpoweringly sweet.

hohops (983) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2016
2013 edition. Appearance is murky copper, no head at all, just a few light brown bubbles. Aroma- strong boozy notes, port wine, cherries, brandy, fruitcake, Christmas pudding, raisins, hint of vanilla, more boozy notes, nuts, treacle. Taste- huge boozy sweetness in this one. Tastes like liquidised raisins. Cherry skin, honey-glazed fruitcake, treacle, thick malt loaf, alcohol, marzipan, dates, sugary dark fruit in brown bread, some toasty malt towards the finish. Mouthfeel is sticky and syrupy, with a lingering finish. Impressive stuff.

S_Side_Smitty (766) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2016
2012 vintage. Pours cloudy brown with a minimal off white head. Aroma is beautiful malts, sweetfeed, light molasses, and carob with a tinge of alcohol. Taste is awesome malts and sweetness blended so well. A true gentleman’s ale to be appreciated like cognac or bourbon. Alcohol is perfect.

TizzleJizzle (791) - Garland, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2016
275 ml 1999 bottle. Poured a clear amber-brown with a very thin beige head. Taste of caramel malts, fruity, sweet finish throughout. Low carbonation (its aged 17 years, what do u expect), medium body. Wow, surprised it held up this well for this long.

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