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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1089   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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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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.

Aggiebob (1299) - 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.

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.

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!

Desverger (12941) - 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.

minutemat (6063) - 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.

mR_fr0g (13511) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2016
Huge thanks to Paul for providing this vertical.

86: 537414 jammy oxidised paper, oily fruit burnt toffee

87: 637314 oily toffee, paper,

88: 637415 Dr pepper, cola toffee, caramel. Toffee

89: 537214 stale grains, oxidised soy, cola, dull palate

91: 638314 woody toffee apple jammy, earthy, strawberry cherry cola

92: 637414 oily burnt toffee mint paper, toffee, caramel

93: 534210 stale grains, toffee, oxidised, dull, lifeless, meh

94: 545312 airy old cardboard toffee, oxo, dull sweet palate.

01: 547314 oxidised burnt toffee, sweet, sticky really sweet sticky.

02: 635313 stale grains, toffee, apple dull, straw.

06: 527312 sticky toffee, brown sugars banana, chunky

07: 536411 chewy toffee,

09: 547415 tangy toffee orange, caramel, caramel, coconut

10: 638415 peanut coconut toffee, caramel, Good.

12: 647414 big toffee, burnt toffee oily, jammy sticky sweet

WingmanWillis (418) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2016
Vertical at Chez Soapy. Big thanks to Scopey for the 20 different vintages. Pours toffee brown with somw thin head. A good mix with the 86 a little soupy but still has the aroma of fruit cake, a little honey. The 91 was a little marmite twiglet. Taste holds up pretty well with differences in sweetness across the range. Plenty of fruit cake action with honey and booze. The 2008 has a distinct spiciness to it. A good beer.

gephross100 (943) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2016
2002 bottle caramel, bread, nuts, leather, butterscotch, vanilla, clawingly sweet. Slight oxidation. Muddy brown color.

Ahuth (665) - Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2016
Bottled. 2013. Huge nutty smell. Pours a ugly brown but the taste makes up for it. Huge upfront taste. Sweet nutty grainy. Nice sticky palate. This is. Great beer.

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