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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask) - J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd

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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask)J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask)

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

390 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 27
Gots: 71 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 06-23-2005)
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

bishopdc0, Tuesday at 11:27 PM
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Plant in Buffalo, NY.

Pours flat-looking and still, kind of bright orange-ish, with no head or lacing.

Smells like caramel, brandy, and a good amount of booze and sugar.

Not sure what happened here, but this fell flat literally and figuratively. Not sure the age, but it seems over the hill. The Calvados brandy flavor is overwhelming, with a bit of oxidation, and the slightest bit of caramel flavor. It's very sweet, but flat-tasting.

Absolutely no carbonation, very flat, with a syrupy mouthfeel. Just doesn't feel right going down.

I was excited to try this, but 'twas a fail.

GreesyFizeek, Oct 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

factoide, Oct 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

indianabeerman, Oct 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

OregonGrown7, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

jschott75, Sep 19, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

grover37, Sep 08, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

masterofsparks, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

DrJay, Aug 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

wrightst, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

bpfrush, Aug 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

MalibuKenny, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

KAF, Jul 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Anvilfarm, Jul 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

djrn2, Jun 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

CasanovaCummins, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 9.3 ounce bottle into a teku glass. Brewed in 2006

The pour produces absolutely no head, and the liquid flows from the bottle like thick maple syrup, at least in color and appearance. The body is repleted with floating yeast that muddies it's dark copper and brown color. Carbonation bubbles stick to the sides of the glass and occasionally work their way upwards. This is by no means a pretty looking beer.

Oak and sherry dominate the aroma. In a blind test, I'd be forgiven for thinking this was a sherry or port. Beneath the sharp spicy pungent smell lies a sweet, caramel-like character.

My first taste of the beer seems to not offer much in the way of variation from the nose---there's still strong oaken and sherry notes---but the back of my palate gets a blast of caramel and chocolate. The chocolate flavor is rich and lingers on the tongue. Some warming does wonders for this beer too as I start to get a smoky, tobacco-like taste that is quite agreeable.

This drinks like a port or sherry, thick, viscous, almost syrupy. There's not a sign of carbonation and the liquid coats the tongue and seems to stick there. Many of the flavors linger towards the finish.

This is mighty tasty as it warms up. I really enjoyed it and appreciated that I could slowly sip it like a harder liquor, savoring it for over an hour.

ONovoMexicano, Jun 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Bartos, Jun 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

randylangford, Jun 07, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Almost no head. Light murky brown

S - Raisins, sour grapes, whiskey, smoke, Carmel.

T - Sweet, smokey, whiskey, sour, vanilla, oak...

O - Great beer. Glad some of my BA friends.got me to start trying more Barleywines and other strong\old ales. Prost!

Bowers-Brew, Jun 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

psoriasaurus, May 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

hilgart1, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

tbone64, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

amalburg, May 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

psumjl269, May 03, 2014
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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.