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

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RATINGS: 1085   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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3.5
Patrickctenchi (6689) - 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.

4
hohops (1065) - 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 (776) - 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 (792) - 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 (401) - 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 (2079) - 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 (11570) - 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 (2228) - 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 (1243) - 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.


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