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

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on tap
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RATINGS: 1090   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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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.

3.6
17Beer (354) - 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.

4.2
sm89walt (2065) - 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. It’s 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.

3.7
shrubber85 (11408) - 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.

3.5
tia (2226) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2016
Bottle ca. 2000 courtesy of Kinz. Copper with tan head. Smells like salted caramel, dark fruit, play-doh, cordials. Very sweet. Definitely "dusty" but we still enjoyedit.

3
Aggiebob (1132) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 17, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2016 Bottle. It poured a rust brown color with little head. The aroma contained dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel and yeast notes. The tastes is sweet malts. Not one of my favorites.

3
RamyG4 (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2016
1986 bottle (my birthyear). Smells of oxidation, honey. Tastes of the same. I haven’t rated in a while, leave me alone.

1.5
rekvium (426) - Odense C, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2016
From bottle, thanks to Madsnp. Vintage 2008. Pours hazy brown/red with a small off white head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, sweet caramel, alcohol, light toast, heavy veggies. Taste is, well, hard to describe... And not in a good way... Heavy prune juice, oxidized as f*ck, old potatoe water, wauw this is horrible, heavy caramel, vanilla, heavy corn. The worst birthday gift ever!

3.9
Desverger (11455) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2016
[email protected], Copenhagen (29/07/2016) - (2001 Vintage) Amber brown pour with off white head. Sweet malty with notes of dried fruit, treacle, some spices, currants, nutty, fruitcake, showing its age somewhat but still a satsifying enjoyable brew overall.

3.7
minutemat (5529) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2016 1999 Vintage, Dec 16, many thanks to Charles for this! Pours deep brown with a ruby hint, persistent thin off-white head. Aroma is stewed dark fruits, leather. Taste is slick, oily with wonderfully matured dark fruits, treacle and port like flavours. Does taste a little richer than 11.5%. Nice vintage.

2001 version @ monthly tasting at Chez Sophie, July 16, this slug-eaten rusty relic brought by Mike. Many thanks. Pours dark. Taste unfortunately is overshadowed by a few cobwebs and dust, but its syrupy christmas pudding and dark fruits character is lurking underneath. Reminds me to finally crack open my non-rusty 1999 bottle for comparison.


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