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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)

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

402 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 28
Gots: 75 | 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:
Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 06-23-2005

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2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

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2.47/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Number 700 beer and I choose to drink a JW Lees Harvest 2006. poured into a Delirium Tremes Glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A very hard pour produce a half finger head that has poor retention. The head is ivory in color with some foam. The color of the beer is a deep mahogany color with rusty hues. The clarity of the beer is opaque. A great color to the beer poor retention.

Nose: A very rich malty complex with caramel aromas. There is a slight fruity esters with yeast treacle molasses, and toffee notes. Not much else in the way of aroma.

Taste: A very rich malty complex overtly sweet, caramel, apples, yeast, treacle, molasses and toffee notes. The beer is one dimension.

The mouth feel of the beer is flat, and sweet.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium with a medium finish. This is exactly opposite of what I thought that this beer would be. From a stand point of a BA, this beer lacks so much finesse and carbonation that is makes it worthless to drink. Not a very good showing.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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2.59/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 9.3 oz bottle into a pint glass,served near room temp.

Bronze Orange, no head, I decanted bottle slowly, leaving maybe 2 oz in the bottle along with alot of sediment which may have reduced head somewhat.

Aroma: A much fainter bouquet than the Port or Sherry versions. I pick up the nuts and toast but obviously no wine. I detect no apple aroma.

mouthfeel: soft and syrupy

taste: Sweet with a warming alcohol vibe. Toasted hazelnuts, burnt toast, woodiness.

Notes: 3 down, 1 to go. These JWL Cask Aged Barleywines are not working for me.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

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2.85/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Finally decided to pull a 2005 vintage from the cellar, and apparently I had waited too long. Good cap seal, but almost no carbonation. A substantial bit of brown sediment decanted even with a careful pour. Very sweet, with caramel and red delicious apple notes. Once the initial sweetness passed, there really seemed nothing of note backing it up, other than a touch of alcohol harshness. Perhaps a more fresh sample would be a better representation, but I can only judge the merit of the beer by what is in my glass at the moment.

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3.07/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is the 2006 version of this beer. Even with a very vigorous pour, there is no head on this beer at all. It is a nice mahogany color and is mildly cloudy with a few floaties I could have done without. The aroma has a lot of honey in it and some apple and some sweet caramel. The flavor is nicer, a bit syrupy without the carbonation, but there is a nice floral blend of apple and some wood and malt in the background. The alcohol is very well hidden and it is very smooth. Definitely a sipper because of the sweetness and body. I don't know if the sweetness comes from the base beer or the calvados, either way it is close to being too much. Very heavy beer that is pretty much still. I do not expect a high level of carbonation in a beer like this, but some might have been nice to cut some of the sweetness. An interesting pairing between a barleywine and apple brandy that I think could have gone better.

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3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

11.5 % ABV, 2004 bottle. Pours a hazy chestnut color, with a thin off white head. The head disappears very quickly. Huge apple, pear, brandy, boozy aroma. Aroma really jumps right out of the glass. Sweet, syrupy and fruity flavor, with notes of apples, oranges and pears. Very thick and coating, with very little carbonation. Maybe a bit of caramel flavors at the end. A bit warming from the alcohol. Somehow this is smooth, but overly sweet. The sweetness was too much for me.

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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.