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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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411 Ratings
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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 28
Gots: 76 | FT: 3
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dantes on 05-07-2004

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Ratings: 411 | Reviews: 223
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4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Original review is almost embarrassing. Though, at one point in time that was my thoughts. So, I think I should keep it as is. Here are my current thoughts as of 2015. This is a 2011 bottle...

A: Pours a beautiful, vibrant copper color. Minimal beige head and no lace. Though the color is stunning if you don't let the floaties invade.
S: Wonderfully warming toasted malts, oak tannins and dark fruits. Caramel covered apples, sweet, and really inviting. I can plant my nose in the glass all day.
T: Like the nose, that beautiful toasted and caramel malt flavor. Certainly sweet, with caramel covered apples. Light white chocolate even. Oak tannins, with a light nutty flavor. Even more so than the nose, just so incredibly inviting. I wish this would never end.
M/O: A full body, that is viscous with low to moderate carbonation. Really not flat at all. Velvety smooth. Incredible to drink, again something that is a great warmer, and one I can sip on all night. Wishing I could have more.

Over the years, I have grown to love this. Even more so than the Sherry and Port versions. Really unique, and it was time to update my old review.

Original review 12/30/2009

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.

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4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2006 POOF!


Almost tart, perfectly mellow with a back-end of alcohol. When I'm not skiing the Alps, I always try to let it warm. This reminded me of a candied apple; this beer was incredibly good, especially with time. One day, this will come in a bomber for $50 and we will all be pissed.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 510a
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrDarcy
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MNishCT77
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. (?) bottle from Fri., 01/02/2014 tasting (thanks, Erich and Sara!), 2004 vintage, poured into a snifter glass, drank over ~30 minutes

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3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slack
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 6 month old bottle...

Pours a dark amber color with a trace amount of head.

Smells like fruit and candy - apples and peaches, brown sugar, with minor amounts of alcohol.

Taste is initially sweetness and fruit. Some malt and oak presented themselves along with the alcohol as the beer warmed.

Body was light with medium carbonation. No discernable after taste.

A very nice after dinner beer that is very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.12/5  rDev -23%
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.

Photo of factoide
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.