overall
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97
style
Brewed by J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
Serve in Snifter

bottling
unknown

on tap
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RATINGS: 1086   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2011
2002 Bottle; Pour is Dark fiery amber - the head disappears quickly here. There is an alcoholic vinousness on the nose - plum pudding, and toffee as well. Oaked, grainy characters are present - I find it overly sweet , my only issue with the brew. Its sticky sweet, and boozy as well. Dark Fruits, port wine, toffee, pudding - It is an impressive beer. 1999 Bottle; Pour is darker than the 2002 - the nose is darker as well -the earthiness and oak come through in a finer fashion. It still has that grainy, dark fruit character as well- but the sweetness has more balance , in my opinion. In essense; back to back - the 1999 was easily the winner in my eyes.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (2931) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Dark amber pour with a slight white head. Very low carbonation. Tons of caramel butterscotch and toffee. Yum!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (7166) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2017
2002 vintage. Thanks to whoever shared this. Deep amber pour with a small head. Nose is a bit knackered. Cardboard and plum preserve. Spiced apple and sweet grains. Flavor is similar. Hot raisin. Flabby. Very rich. Decent stuff thats long in the tooth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (838) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2017
12oz bottle shared at tasting. Caramel pour. Super sweet aroma with booze. Taste is really sweet, very smooth, love it. So well done!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
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 doesnt quite come together 100%, but has as much going on as anything I have ever had.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (2091) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
martythesmarty (222) - 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
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dmctaster (83) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redders1974 (1127) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djoeye (4130) - 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]

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (6310) - 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.


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