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

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RATINGS: 1092   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

4.1
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.

3.1
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.

4.3
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.

3.8
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

3.4
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]

3.5
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.

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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.

4.4
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.

3.7
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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