J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask) - J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
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District of Columbia
4/5 rDev -1.5%
2006 Vintage. Poured into chalice.
I am a big fan of the Harvest Ales. This is a port disguised as a beer. A big smooth beer with layered flavors. This vintage did not seem to age well as it had some oxidation flavor/cardboard in the finish. Be careful of the bottle sediment. I look forward to having a more recent vintage or trying another 2006 (maybe this was stored improperly). 4.0
A – Poured a clear light amber (I did pour the sediment into the glass). No head. No lacing. No alcohol legs to speak of. 3.75
S – Sweet, dark fruits, molasses, VERY port-like. No hops. Some alcohol but not solventy. Some cardboard. 4.5
T – Rich, sweet and caramel. Port wine like qualities, but not to the extent that one would expect based on the aroma. No apples as might be expected as the nose portends. 3.75
MF – Syrupy, smooth and coating. Full bodied with some brandy bite in the finish. 4.25
01-07-2014 03:19:26 | More by Sludgeman
4.09/5 rDev +0.7%
a: Hazy, peachy golden color; served with a small fizzy cap.
s: Sugary, stewed fruit; tart apple; brandy; just a touch of wood.
t: Sweet and boozy overall, with just enough tart fruit and woodiness to keep this from being obnoxious. Mellow brandy blankets everything. The fruit flavors are at once sweet and tea like. Long, lingering sugary brandy booziness.
m: Sticky and syrupy.
o: Easily my favorite J.W. Lees.
12-22-2013 18:57:38 | More by DIM
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
I enjoyed a full pour of this for the Christmas event at Hunger & Thirst, served chilled in a snifter.
the color is cherry red with golden hues with head that comes and recedes to a ring of beads. The smell is very vinous, lots of apple skin tart berry-like fruity yeast esters and mild sweet odors from malt with gentle alcohol in the nose. The feel is great, good body with slight tanginess of yeast and mild malt sweetness with extremely low alcohol influence and the strong ale finishes dry with crisp carbonation level for the high strength.
The flavor of brandy is apparent right away with some woody tannic flavors and light berry-like tangy fruit with a mix of spice and oak adding to the light caramel and malt with slight vanilla earthy character. The vinous flavor is there with subtle alcohol making for a splendid barleywine. Overall I had a hard time keeping myself from downing this it is so flavorful, however it evolves as it warms and opens up to an even more complex strong ale over the course of tasting when it nears cellar temps-worth every cent a truly remarkable beer.
12-15-2013 20:27:55 | More by Slatetank
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
275mL bottle, 2007 vintage.
pours clear, dark amber color with ruby highlights. no head whatsoever. smells of golden raisins, fermented fruit, berries, vanilla. taste is smooth, no booziness at all. well balanced, yet complex. mouthfeel is oily and coats the tongue, faint carbonation, works for the beer.
overall a great sipper, pour it in a snifter and enjoy.
12-03-2013 05:25:16 | More by jmdrpi
4.04/5 rDev -0.5%
Bottled in 2004. Nine year old bottle here. Drinking this thanks to the owners of Craft Pride Beer Bar. Brownish-yellow lacing, murky brown color. Aroma of caramel, musty. Tastes like an amber extract that's been watered down a bit. Very smooth, easy drinking. Can't detect any booze. This beer has definitely held up in age
11-28-2013 23:45:14 | More by stumac
3.99/5 rDev -1.7%
Poured from 275mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2007 vintage.
Appearance: murky brown hue with light effervescence and very little head. Pretty normal for an English barleywine.
Smell: richly malty with a good raisin character and a general dank aspect which I really like.
Taste: raisin, date, tobacco and ash right up front; under this is sort of a bitter green flavor which complements the fruity sweetness and ashy astringence. Nicely complex; Lees does it again.
Mouthfeel: quite thin with little carbonation; there's not much going on here. You really get this beer for the flavor, not the texture.
Overall: tasty, if lacking in some other departments. This beer doesn't hold a candle to the 2008 port cask version, however.
11-24-2013 22:45:46 | More by flagmantho
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
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