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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dmctaster (86) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redders1974 (1190) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djoeye (4298) - Troms, 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]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (6422) - Coxs 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 dont think I could drink very much of it.....grows overpoweringly sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hohops (922) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
S_Side_Smitty (755) - 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 gentlemans ale to be appreciated like cognac or bourbon. Alcohol is perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
17Beer (291) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Sour smells of sweet fruits and caramel with an almost communion wine scent. Pours cider brown, cloudy and opaque. Almost no head. Tiny bubbles. Huge tastes of toffy, vinegar, banana and alcohol with undercurrents of nuts and raisins. Very distinctive. Flat and oily in the mouth with a short dry finish. Really interesting and good. Surely not an everyday drink but a great thing to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sm89walt (2041) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2016
275ml bottle, 2010 vintage. Poured a deep bronzed, slightly particulate amber with the merest whisper of a head even with an aggressive pour. Slightly tart and vinous aromas with some sweeter caramelised fruit notes. Its on the palate where this one shines, however: toffee, roasted malts, coffee, caramelised/burnt sugar. Rich, unctuous and palate-coating. Full-bodied, soft carbonation (just a gentle spritz) and al long, malty bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (11083) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2016
Bottle (2013). Raisin, nutty caramel, and herbal hay aroma. Cloudy amber with small head. Very sweet brown sugar/caramel malt, raisin, orange, and mildly bitter hay flavor. Good body. Nice.

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