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

Not Rated.
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask)J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask)

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

377 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 377
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 23
Gots: 69 | FT: 2
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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AltimusPrime

Georgia

1/5  rDev -75.4%

01-30-2012 22:23:54 | More by AltimusPrime
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13esd

Tennessee

2/5  rDev -50.7%

12-18-2011 20:34:46 | More by 13esd
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kjkinsey

Texas

2/5  rDev -50.7%

04-18-2012 14:28:03 | More by kjkinsey
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anteater

Oregon

2/5  rDev -50.7%

04-14-2014 15:10:08 | More by anteater
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Texasfan549

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

04-18-2012 15:46:03 | More by Texasfan549
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colts9016

Idaho

2.4/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 03:46:41 | More by colts9016
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leinie13

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

07-28-2013 03:05:31 | More by leinie13
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Harvey98

Arizona

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

11-17-2013 01:50:45 | More by Harvey98
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tomholland

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

06-27-2012 04:08:53 | More by tomholland
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GreyGhost4

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

07-28-2013 03:09:06 | More by GreyGhost4
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fx20736

New York

2.58/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 22:40:49 | More by fx20736
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nmann08

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

11-18-2011 00:58:34 | More by nmann08
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Brent

Kentucky

2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 14:52:43 | More by Brent
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Keith_R

Georgia

3/5  rDev -26.1%

08-14-2012 22:06:37 | More by Keith_R
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.1%

05-28-2013 14:43:02 | More by ShanePB
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Hellpop65

Kansas

3/5  rDev -26.1%

03-02-2014 17:44:47 | More by Hellpop65
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artnerd

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.1%

12-30-2012 04:02:26 | More by artnerd
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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -26.1%

08-22-2013 13:18:24 | More by beernads
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djre4orm

Virginia

3/5  rDev -26.1%

10-04-2012 16:28:53 | More by djre4orm
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -26.1%

11-26-2011 23:41:30 | More by Rochefort10nh
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imperialking

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.1%

07-02-2013 19:33:41 | More by imperialking
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 17:00:07 | More by Bierguy5
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Agold

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 03:28:08 | More by Agold
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scooter231

New York

3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was an interesting treat, to say the least. Poured into a simple wine glass, it looked like cloudy grapefruit juice. No head. No lacing. Just juice. Smelled like balsamic vinegar and lemon zest, with a hint of tart apple. Still not too scary, though.

The taste was something else. Brandy-esque, sweet. Strong. Calvados. This wasn't horrible, didn't taste bad, but boy is this sucker a sipper. I shared, and we had to eventually take turns taking gulps to finish it- and by gulps I mean barely large sips. It just wouldn't end! It felt like it kept re-filling itself. Mouthfeel was kind of blah, watery, thin. I couldn't have too many of these- I couldn't finish ONE- I'd rather have a smaller portion, as a long, long nightcap.

Serving type: cask

05-18-2006 08:05:49 | More by scooter231
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champ103

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A 2007 bottle

A: Pours a very cloudy copper/orange color. A bubbly white head rises to a little over one finger, and recedes in minute. Light lace is left behind,
S: Malty and sweet. Caramel, and light chocolate. Lots of fruity aromas. Melons, pears, and apples. Dry wood lingers.
T: Moldy dry wood is up front and center, and detracts a lot. Some sweet caramel malt flavors. Some fruity flavors that follow the nose.
M/D: A full body that is sticky and syrupy. Low on the carbonation. A little to dry. The alcohol is really strong. Much harder to drink than I would like.

This might be a little young, and did not do it for me. The bottle seems a little off to me for some reason? Worth a try, but not nearly as good as the Harvest Ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 04:05:28 | More by champ103
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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
91 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.