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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1084   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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fonefan (50004) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2008
Bottle 275ml. [Vintage 2000] @ home.
[ Courtesy of Mes_and_Sim ]. LIght light unclear red orange amber color with a average to large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, raisin, date, wood, alcohol, licorice notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syrupy, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. (240608)

yespr (46790) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2009
27.5 cL bottle, 2008 vintage. Pours al ost clear and golden orange with a small solid white head. Dark malty, deep oveerripe fruity and somewhat earthy aroma. Syurpy thick mouthfeel. Flavour is extremely sweet, sticking and cloying really. Dense malt flavoured with a solid raisin/overripe fruity note. Sweet and mild spiced finish. I found this one utterly cloying.

Ungstrup (38152) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2005
[Vintage 2003, sampled August 2004] A dark amber beer with a small disappearing orange head. The aroma is very sweet and very complex with notes of alcohol, caramel, flowers, honey, and cinnamon. It is like drinking warm honey or liquid caramel - it gives You a burning sensation on the tongue and a warming sensation in the throat, - but it is not heat that "burns" You, it is the alcohol presence. Wow.

joergen (28772) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2005
Bottled at RBESG 2005. 2004 edition. Clear orange coloured with an off white head. Acidic aroma with notes of caramel and dried fruits. Sweet flavour with lots of caramel. Too cloying for my liking.

anders37 (26845) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2006
Bottle. 2003 vintage. Pours a clear amber colour with a very small head. Fruity vinous aroma and some spiciness. Sweet fruity flavor, lots of dark fruit, raisins. Thick mouthfeel. Leaves you with a long warming and fruity aftertaste. A lovely beer. Also had vintage 1999 at the same tasting session, but i liked 2003 better.

oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 29, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2012 Bottled (vintage 2000, thanks mes_and_sim!). Deep amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is wooden, alcoholic, earth, wet cellar, caramel and some vanilla. Flavour is raisins, sugar, dates, caramel malts, very mildly alcohol. Also bigtime wood, butter and spices. nuts, mild syrup. hmm in one word, Licoricebomb! WOW. 9 5 10 5 20
Bottled (2003 vintage, had in 2012). Deep amber colour, minor head. Aroma is sweet fruits, some mild alcohol, some earth and caramel. Flavour is rather similar with some slight earthy and mild cardboardy notes. 7 4 7 3 14.

B ottled (2004 vintage, thanks mes_and_sim!). Deep amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is very much the same as 2000 vintage, but not as thick and full. Flavour is pretty much the same, but quite much sweeter sugary/syrupy than the 2000 one. Still excellent balance and very nice. 8 5 9 5 18
Bottled (2006 vintage, thanks mes_and_sim!). Clear amber colour with mediumsized beige head. Aroma is mainly oak, syrup, sugar and caramel malts with some dates and raisins. Overall very sweet. Flavour is very different. Very papery, roasted and smoked wood along with dates, raisins and quite much alcohol. Either this one has some smokemalts or something added, or then the smoked/roasted notes just disappear with time. Still nice. 8 5 8 5 17
The above vintages blended into the same glass (thanks for the tip mes_and_sim!). Deep ambery brown colour, small beige head. Aroma is roast, dates, plum, alcohol, caramel, vanilla and quite strong notes of oak. Flavour is an extremely wellbalanced mix of the stuff in the aroma along with some sweet spices and syrup. Rather pleasant, but still, the 2000 vintage is the best of these. Alone. 8 5 9 5 18

Travlr (25547) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2010
2000 limited Edition, courtesy of Fritz from the Washington Post, at Pizzeria Paradiso - thanks Fritz! Deep golden amber with very small white head that disappears quickly and leaves scant to no lacing. Aroma of sour apple and vinegar. Flavor is apples and wine with slight cinnamon in the background. Sour, complex and fascinating.

cgarvieuk (25391) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 8, 2010
UPDATED: APR 25, 2014 Bottle at home 2008 vintage drank 08/10/10 ... hazy copper ... thin tan head ... big oxidised fruit nose ... light toffee ... sweet vanilla toffee ... big vanilla ... light oxidised malts ... little sherry ... light hop spice ... not quite sure what i think of this ... there a lot to like but theres also something not workin... maybe a little bit of smokeybness ? just not quite sure Bottle at home ... drunk 2014 ... 20067 vintage ... deep copper ... dark malts ... peanuts ... tiny caardboard nose ... dark malts ... big sweet malts ... massive peanut malts ... juicy malts ... 3.8

omhper (25378) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2004
Bottled, 2002 vintage, thanks rauchbier!
Hazy amber, no head. Deep woody, malty aroma. Superb megadeep, chewy maltiness. Port and wood is very obvious. Alcohol is there, but only enhances the fabulous flavours, and despite it’s size it is hugely drinkable. The sweetness however creeps up on you, butmy overall impression is that this is the best showpiece there is when it comes to malt character. Ultra-superb!

madmitch76 (25101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2014 22nd August 2008.
2000 Vintage. Hazy brown beer. Strong malt with a very distinct marmite flavour - but sweet. Sticky sweet finish. Sumptuous palate. A little salt in the aftertaste.

3rd March 2011
2004 Unpasteurised Vintage. Courtesy of Harrisoni - Cheers Ian! Cloudy brown beer, little off white head. Prunes, dates. Delicious toffee, caramel dried fruits, brown sugar. Rich and rewarding.

18th January 2009
2005 Vintage. Hazy amber brown beer. No head and precious little carbonation. Soft silky sweet beer. Sweet toffee and caramel malt. Just a touch of porty fruit at the very finish which is semi dry. Sumptuos beer.

11th February 2011
1999 Vintage. Opened with a pleasing ’fffffftt’! Hazy dark red beer. ghost of a tan head. Soft and slightly syrupy palate with gentle carbonation. Sweet sherry with an undertone of mildy spiced licorice. Trace of candied fruit. Turns a little bitter towards the end. A sweet treat!

15th November 2014
2006 Vintage. Murky amber with a few pale tan bubbles. Palate is light with very modest carbonation. Sweet caramel malts, big sticky ripe fruits. Lesser dried fruits. Light finish. These beers age so well!

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