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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1093   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (6881) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 From a bottle at home. 2005 vintage. Pours a cloudy brown with virtually no head. Intoxicating dark cherry and toffee aroma. Sweet candy sugar, caramel, raisins and licorice. Wow! Later 2011 vintage on draft at the Mad Fox Barley Wine Festival, Falls Church VA. Pours a cloudy amber with no head. Has some smoky notes not evident in the aged bottle version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gopherfan99 (1704) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2017
Bottle; pours cloudy amber with a beige head; aroma of caramel, fruit, booze, and malt; taste is sweet with caramel, fruits, malt, and brown sugar hints; finish is dry and malty with some alcohol warming

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ctipping (1850) - Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2017
1999 275 mL bottle. Pours deep amber and mostly clear. Remarkably few floaty bits and almost no sediment in the bottle. Smells of raisins, brown sugar, caramel, a little oxidation that comes off as sherry and cardboard. Tastes very sweet. Dampened by oxidation. Bitterness builds. Raisins and sherry, but cut again by cardboard bitterness. Heavy with low carbonation. This has held up remarkably well. Impressive for its age, but I dont know that its objectively that great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (4850) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Bottle to snifter. Intense melanoidin aroma. Lots of Munich malt. Dusty. Lots of dark dried fruit. Light alcohol. Pours brown. Flat. Taste is like chewing raisins. Chewy. Thick. Viscous. Perfect example of an English barley wine and has held up phenomenally for 16 years (2001 bottle). Just wish it had a touch of carbonation. Very pleasant sipper for a night cap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (974) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - MAR 3, 2017
This is the 1998 vintage: Ive had this bottle for about 3 years now so I decided now was the time to try it: It pours from 275ml bottle a clear very deep brown with lots of red highlights and when I hold my glass up to the light, I see no sediment. The foam whilst pouring looked like it was going to be non existant or at least, very small but when I put my glass down on the table theres a nice 1" layer sitting there all pretty looking. Plenty of sticky lacing on the sides of my glass as well. Btw, the small head of foam stays around for the entire session. On to the smell and Im greeted with a very strong nose of caramel malt along with some dark fruit like raisin, plum, and some fig. Nice. The taste is very sweet because of the huge caramel malt but as in the smell, I can taste some raisin, plum, sherry, molasses, some chocolate. and other flavours that I cant even begin to describe accurately. Theres a decent warming during and after the swallow but at 11.50%abv, it comes as no surprise. The mouthfeel is really chewy and the carbonation is low and it finishes as sweet as it started out. What a sipper! What a Barleywine Style Ale! I *have* to pick up some more of these...any and all vintages I can find...because Im getting a great drinking experience here and for the price, I think its a damned good bargain. I highly recommend it!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (4020) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Labeled "Autumn Limited Edition" (2013). Orangish-maroon body, mightily carbonated, and with a light caramel colored head. Sherry and malt soak those, soon followed by heavy Marsala notes. This rolls over the palate in medium-viscous wavers. Wet Marsala flavors permeate the tongue, followed by crashing waves of sherry, and deep, aged maltiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (3041) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2017
Cask Half Pint at White Horse, Parsons Green, London in Nov 2010 - Deep Reddish-Amber in colour. Very Malty; toasted malts, toffee, caramel, honey. Very Fruity; spiced fruit, raisins, dates. Rich, full-bodied, rather syrupy. Very sweet fruity malty; liquid fruitcake. Noticeable alcohol. One of those must try beers. Would be interesting to try a well aged bottle. Nice Barley Wine! (2010-11)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Parmenion777 (259) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2017 A hazy amber pour with a tiny head. A ripe fruity aroma, prunes, raisin, and some caramel. Syrupy sweet caramel, toffee, prunes and raisins with an alcohol warmth to the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (2960) - 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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (7704) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (920) - 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!

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