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

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385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 26
Gots: 69 | 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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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle in a massive gobblet on christmas morning around the tree with family. Good times.

A- a finger or so of light tan head that settles very quickly leaving a faint ring and a few wisps on top. Slightly hazy sunset orange yellow in color that lightens at the edges.

S- opens up with a sweet candy apple and pie crust breadiness. Bits of caramel and apple brandy. Touches of dates and figs. Smells awesome.

T- apple cake soaked in apple brandy. Sweet and slightly spiced. Dates and figs but to a lesser extent then the nose.

M- on the fuller side of body with a light yet creamy carb. Its coats the mouth so beautifully and sits awhile. Small hint of heat.

D- this 08 bottle is very mellow and the time it spent it the cask has done this brew very good. Not nearly as hot as I had expected and quite the treat on this xmas morn.

oglmcdgl, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy burnt-orange colour with odd sedimenty chunks. Head is a thin film which disperses, not much lace at all. No real carbonation either. Really quite blah, nothing exciting here.

Smells very, very rich and sweet, with a vinous edge. Lots of complex sugar, jammy, plummy and rich with fruity residuals - apricot and paw-paw, really. But yeah, very sweet. Pretty nice but has a teeth-rotting intensity to its sweetness.

Taste is also very sweet, but somehow more mellow than the nose. Very jammy and fruity with melon and paw-paw on there, yes peach and apricot as well. A slight spicy note, pepper and nutmeg on there and some cloves providing mild touches as well. A touch of fig towards the back, and then finish is just as sweet as the front. It's all just sweet and liqueury with fortified wine notes and complex brown sugar. Tasty, but a bit over-rich and sweet for me.

Syrupy, thick, lots of texture. Quite nice. Good for style.

Yeah, a very heavy beer, thick and rich like Cottee's topping. A bit too much to have one whole bottle, methinks.

laituegonflable, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of LanceW
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to have a bottle of this at a friends house the other day... Here in michigan it fetched nearly 10 dollars a bottle.
My first impression was with the sent.... sweet orange notes.
The brew was quite sweet and had a heavy mouth feel.

I would highly recommend this to a friend. I thought it was delicious brew.

LanceW, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage, tried alongside the 2009 vintage regular Harvest. I expect this to have some more extreme characters on it, and certainly some age.

Pours a thick and rather heavy deep hazed orange colour, very similar to the regular example. Head is non-existent, although a vigorous pour gives a bit of bubbling. I should note that there was very little carbonation when it was opened, but for a beer that is five years old, that's not unexpected.

Nose is like refined port, the calvados cask obviously lends something to it. Very sweet and rich and incredibly boozy. Indeed, this is closer to fortified wine than it is to beer, even as I know how wide the beer spectrum runs. Lots of oak, lots of vinous sweetness and lots of booze. Even compared to the younger equivalent, this seems stronger and more intense. I think the calvados cask is what pushes it over the edge.

Taste is actually more subtle, and it's the better for it. The port character is still incredibly strong, and the sweetness is robust almost to extremes, but it has a very subtle and very pleasant acidity to it that is really worthwhile and almost necessary. Finish is long and languid, and the lack of carbonation gives it an excessively smooth feel - with the light heat, it becomes an absolute monster of a beer.

Phew, what a beer. A monster counterpart to the already robust behemoth that was the 2009 Harvest Ale. 5 Years? It might be just a tad too long for it, but the fact that it still has such character in such huge quantities is testament to its quality.

An incredibly flavoursome beverage that I feel privileged to have tried.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. The body is a fairly-bright, yet still murky, orangish color with a thin light head that persists for a bit of time before fading. The nose brings a good dose of booze and the brandy comes through quite well. There is a bit of caramel and toffee plus some light fruits. The taste is just a bit boozy and also has a tiny bit of astringency. Feel is a bit boozy with a nice body. Overall, not nearly as good as the original.

Thorpe429, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

J.W. Lees Harvest Calvados

Appearance: Cloudy yellow-orange, small head, floaties, and little lacing.

Smell: Caramel, wood, and yeast.

Taste: Strong cask, slight smoke, caramel, slight earth, and mild toffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy and slightly syrupy.

Overall:
Definitely not a weak brew. You can really get the flavors of the calvados cask. There is also an earthy flavor that reminds me slightly of dirt.

megahurts4, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 275ml/9.3 fl.oz. bottle, kept for months in the fridge's 'special shelf' at the base of the door. Brewed in 2007, poured to a snifter in 2010.

A: A most cautious pour, but the floating yeast chunks couldn't be contained; I could see them drifting aimlessly throughout the bottle and there was just no hope (save a strainer) to keep them out of the glass. Oh well... but for a million mostly bottom-settling flecks of aged gunk, it's actually a lovely beer: a vibrant auburn/copper with the finest (microscopic) carbonation dodging the floaties. Slim head that fades quickly, holding as a pencil-thin ring.

S: Appropriately fruit-filled, sweet and malt-enriched. Apples and pears and sweet cherries and raisins, plus -yes- a woody brandy. It's an intriguing, albeit sugar-filled, noseful.

T: An orchard in a glass, caramel/toffee notes wrapped around spiced apple. Honey pears, drunken sweet cherries. Oaky smoke and more spice, a brief touch of green mint. A little earthy/powdered medicine bitterness in the end to avoid over-sweetness. Wasn't as impressed initially, but repeated sipping really allowed this to develop and show its subtleties. Yum.

M: Suitably mellow for a 3+ year old ale, fine carbonation and a velvety coating. A slimmer body, but a weight that builds a tongue-numbing warmth (but not the least bit 'hot'). Really nice, my favorite feature.

D: Quite a treat, but an evening-ending sipper for certain. A fine one to try, not really an 'occasion' beer unless that occasion is the end of a weekend spent camping and tasting fresh-hopped beers, leading into another work week. Woo hoo!

msubulldog25, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of bobhits
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Apple cider is the way to describe this stuff. That color, with a nice head (for the style) that vanishes shortly after pouring.

The nose is just an amazing mix of fruits, apples, pears, grapes, and well just a fruit basket with some hop/alcohol esters, maybe a touch of rum that seems to control it all the better.

There isn't a huge difference in this and the regulars beer. I'm not honestly sure what Calvados is, but there is certainly a woody flavor in this. Clearly the same raises, purines and dark fruits int he flavor. It also has apples which I don't recall from before. (looked up Calvados and it turns out it's an apple brandy...seems my palette is working).

Still a wonderful sipper and just right for that. i will say this has a touch less alcohol that the normal version but I'm not sure that in this case it really matters.

bobhits, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle vintage 2006 thanks to alfrantzell.

Pours a mostly clear medium amber color with a small off-white head.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt, calvados, sherry, and spice.

Flavor is very sweet with caramel and toffee malt notes, oak, spice, calvados, and sherry-like oxidative notes.

Slick on the mouthfeel with medium body and soft carbonation.

Very enjoyable, as JW Lees beers tend to be.

nickd717, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Brewed in 2006; tasted in 2010

Appearance: Pours a rather hazy caramel color with neither head nor carbonation

Smell: Caramel and a bowl of mixed fruit - apricots, pears and, of course, apples

Taste: The caramel and fruit flavors blend together from the start, though the wood and the apple brandy elements take over at mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a depth of earthy, tobacco-like character that joins the fruit flavor to keep the sweetness in check; serious apple cider elements in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but flat

Drinkability: More like a liqueur than a beer, this is an interesting beer but the lack of carbonation reduces it to a sipper that is hard to finish (As the other beers in this series have been much more rewarding, I will need to re-visit this one with a bottle procured from another source.)

brentk56, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of canucklehead
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark gold colour with orange highlights and no head. The nose was full of apples and vanilla coupled with hops. I felt a little let down by the finish of the beer as it was a little sweet and the apple notes kinda clashed with the hops. I would put this one down for a good 5 years to see what develops as it seems unbalanced right now

canucklehead, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of fairdinkum2
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this from a cask at the Brick Store in Decatur. Poured in to a small tulip glass (6 oz?)

This is certainly a unique style in my experience.

When it arrived at our table, the ale had no discernible head or carbonation. Kind of a brick red color with some haze.

Sweet candy and dried apples on the noise. However, this doesn't really prepare you for how this ale tastes.

Quite sweet with an almost syrupy mouth feel. Carbonation, if any, is almost undetectable. Almost a mead like quality. Very rich. This richness disguises the ABV which is way up there.

Not something you could drink lots of, but a great experience

fairdinkum2, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of GeezLynn
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from cask into a snifter at The Brick Store 6/9/10

Appearance was a tawny brown shade with no head. Aroma had some light vinegar, apple, brandy and caramel, most of which were reflected in the flavor (minus the vinegar). This was a very sweet BW, lacking any hop presence and was very smooth. Abv covered impressively well. There was a slight spice in the flavor, which gave it somewhat of an apple pie character. I was also pleased catch the woody character the beer picked up from the barrel. Feel was smooth, but pretty dead as expected.

Overall, one of the sweetest beers I've ever had, which would probably limit me to sipping 1-2 glasses. Still a very tasty beer with plenty of depth that is worth having anytime the opportunity presents.

GeezLynn, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of everetends
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
3/3 10/12 18/20 4/5 9/10 2008


My buddy and I got a little carried away on Vintage Night at the Brick Store Pub in Atlanta. We started ordering off the vintage menu, but a lot of them had already gone dry so we turned our attention to the J.W. Lees Cask Series. The bottle was served up in a glass I am not familiar with. It could be tulip but the bulb is much more squat and the lip is very exaggerated. 2008 vintage that ran $15 a bottle (yikes!).

A: Pouring the bottle into the glass, it builds a body that is honey in color, giving off light browns and darker yellows/oranges in color. The body is crystal clear. Bit of a surprise, wonder if it was filtered? It bubbled up a little, and thin line of foam that barely covered the top of the body. It was gone rather quickly, but it was somewhat expected since this is an aged BW.

S: Smells like a damned fine BW. The most prevalent aroma was one from my youth and it took me forever to figure out what it was. Candied apples is what finally came to mind. Caramel presence as well. Good amount of wood and and some honey as well. Alcohol brings a bit of heat to the aroma but a pleasant and complimenting one. Smells great.

T: Just more goodness if you ask me. Just a nice caramel/candied apple flavor comes across first and foremost. It isn't crazy sweet like a caramel apple but it has a wonderful richness and sweetness about it. The wood character mixed with the alcohol, kind of brings out a very light whiskey/bourbon presence at times. Caramel malts are in full effect here but the apple brandy Calvados notes (I had no fuggin idea what Calvados was before this beer) really do a great job of cutting the sweetness somehow. Touch of spice rounds things off, I imagine stemming from the hops. Just fantastic.

M: Just what you expect from a J.W. Lee's BW. Full bodied with a wonderful creaminess, viscosity, and thickness. It coats the mouth wonderfully. Carbonation is incredibly light and the ABV just brings a light, slow burn at times. Aftertaste is that wonderful caramel apple flavor.

D: Uh . . . this is probably the easiest drinking really sweet beer I have ever had. It just has this incredible smoothness to it for a beer that has these wonderfully good sweet notes to it. It was impressive from start to finish and I would love to see what some age would do to this beer. Damned nice and so happy I decide to blow a stupid amount of money on this little beer. :) Get you some.

Serving Type: Other Vessel Type: Tulip Price:$15.00

everetends, May 23, 2010
Photo of Gmann
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mud puddle brown color with some honey highlights, little to no head. The aroma is sweet and bready. Big toffee aromas with heavy prune and light black pepper. Wow, the taste is quite different than the aroma. Big sweetness but more from the apple brandy aging. Nice sweet apple flavors, candied cherries with some brown sugar, vinous, some prunes and honey. There is a woodsy bitterness that keeps the brew in check. This is definitely a sipper. The feel borders on syrupy, just not quite. There is the slightest of tingly caronbation. Definitely sweet on the palate but the 9.3oz bottle should stay not cloying. A very tasty brew. Honestly very good for the style but I am just not that big of a fan. Feel free to raise a letter grade for style.

Gmann, May 21, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 9.3oz bottle into my Koningshoeven snifter glass. Bottle reads brewed in 2007. Pours a pale, light, caramel color. Fills the glass slightly warmer in color then the pour. A very small creamy white head forms, but disapears extremely quick. Beer looks like it's flat. TONS of setiment fill the glass.

Aroma is pretty strong and sweet. Apparently calvados is an apple brandy, and with that said...brandy is indeed noticable/boozy. Malty and raisin notes.

Flavor is similar to the other JW Lee Harvest beers. Full bodied, very sweet, slightly boozy and warm. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel and malty. Carbonation is mild, but just enough to not hurt the overall experience. The sweet flavors are full of candy and over-ripe fruit...raisins, dates, etc. Overall, another solid beer in JW Lees line up of BA Harvest series.

ShadesOfGray, May 20, 2010
Photo of Bung
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz, 2006. Rather hazy orange/amber pour. Some yeast particles, though I tried to pour slowly. Some off white bubbles at first, then just some whisps left on top. Does leave some legs on the glass reminiscent of a wine.

Aroma has plenty of malt, brown sugar, toffee and yellow raisin. This is pungent, similar to the regular Harvest, you can set it on the counter and smell it all no problem.

Taste is an extreamly smooth malty blend of the aroma. Malt, caramel, candied fruit, raisin, yellow raisin. There is a very dry woody oak tone that is really interesting in the middle. Maybe even a bit tobacco-y. Really dried it out to me and made the finish much more truncated, with a smokey sweetness. Kind of like tasting what a barbeque smoker smells like. I have no idea what Calvados tastes like, so not sure if this is due to that barrel or not.

There is just enough lively carbonation that is in there, even though it does not look like it. This, along with the ash, keep the mouthfeel nice and not overly sticky or syrupy. Though is does coat the mouth well.

The smoothness lends to a real nice drinkability, but the sweetness brings it back a bit. Not as sweet as the regular though. The oak char balances it out better, along with the carbonation.

An interesting English BW. I liked it better than the regular just slightly.

Bung, May 08, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very rich and enjoyable sipper, not as profound as some of the other vintage offerings from J.W. Lees but remarkable nevertheless.

Presentation: 275 ml brown bottle. Simple and classic design with a light cream background green and gold fonts. Notes limited edition, one line description, and ability to be enjoyed now or being cellared for future enjoyment. Shows Alc. by Vol. (11.5%) and brewing date (2006). Poured into a snifter.

A - Medium amber copper pour with minimal head that fades in a blink, leaving no lacing and a faint surface ring.

S - Sweet malt with a boozy sense, and a touch of minimal fruit.

T - Nice rich range of flavors, dominated by a sweet range, a couple of small fruity notes over a malty sense, and a hefty and rich alcohol/brandy sense coating it.

M - Medium body, very smooth, with little carbonation, and a small sweet and dry finish.

D - Nice sipper, worth the attention and care.

Notes: I'm not sure how the Calvados comes across, it has been a long while since I had any so I need to revisit it. But it is a rather nice touch to the Harvest Ale. Overtly sweet and boozy but a pleasing sipper.

Daniellobo, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of goldbot
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby brown color with basically no head and minimal lacing. Hazy, with a few floaties.

Complex aroma of bold caramel malts with hints of chocolate. A slight raisin fruitiness towards the end before a strong alcohol aroma kicks in, with woody, earthy notes.

Intensely sweet up front with fruity notes of raisin and apple. Some chocolate malt turning to a strong caramel or butterscotch flavor. Finishes with more caramel and a lingering nutty flavor. The alcohol is surprisingly subtle through out.

Full-bodied, very viscous. This is about as complex a beer as I've encountered before. Extremely tasty, the flavors are noticeably separate but still seemingly blended well. Definitely a sipper, but I will be on the lookout to buy more.

goldbot, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage served at cellar temperature.

Poured into a snifter. Golden, honey-orange in color with essentially no head. Held up to a light it reminds me of amber-orange maple syrup.

Brandy apple pie on the nose. Ripe fruits, grapes, cherries. Sweet, sugary figs mixed with lightly toasted malts. Some apple cider notes at times. Similar to the regular Harvest, but lots of apple notes thrown into the mixture. This is a great one to nose for awhile. Complex and intriguing.

The flavor starts off with warming apples. Caramel notes with bready and biscuity malts. Green apple skins, brandy and apple cider mixed with sweet sugared candies. Bits of honey. As this barleywine warms the wood notes from the barrel become more pronounced. Sip this one slowly to truly appreciate.

Mouthfeel is smooth, syrupy and thick. Your typical J.W. Lees. A fairly viscous body with warming alcohol. ABV feels more than it tastes.

Drinkability is good. A sipper for sure, but an enjoyable one. It's easy to drift off while enjoying this beer. Splitting a bottle is about perfect. Great for a cool autumn night.

Overall, this is a great addition to the already excellent Harvest Ale. Lots of apple notes. I'd love to find some older vintages of this or a few more '07's to lay down for another 5-15 years.

sisuspeed, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9.3 fl. oz. bottle served at 50 degrees in my North Coast snifter. Brewed in 2005 indicated on the label. Poured a slightly hazy, dark caramel with clusters of tiny bubbles adhering to the glass. No head to speak of. Nose reveals boozy apple liqueur, sweet, malty, raisins, figs and maple syrup. Taste consistent with nose; however, apple quality is a bit masked by the syrup and figs. This is truly sweet and decadent. It's like drinking liquid fig newtons and maple syrup. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, fairly still and a bit viscous. Wow, this is an amazing sipper, perhaps better served a little cooler so it could be allowed to warm, but a truly wonderful and warming experience. Can't wait to try more from J.W. Lees.

Jwale73, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok so...I found my new favorite beer. Here it is. J.W. Lees Harvest Ale Matured in Calvados Casks. I must admit, after purchasing the bottle I had to look up what "Calvados" was. I had my reservations about this one but was blown away and needless to say, plesantly surprised.

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

A- Beautiful glowing amber tan color. Creamy succulent rich head. When swirled around in my glass a beautiful blanket coats my beer perfectly.

S- Sweet apple cider. Oak and vanilla. Maybe some maple syrup. Sugary sweet and tart nose.

T- Lucious. Pruney. Fresh vanilla. Tart applie. Caramel. Sugar. Dark fruits. All wrapped into one, not missing a beat.

M- Velvety smooth, savory, and so beautiful. Nice body. Very appropriate.

D- D is for dangerous in this instance. I want more, NOW. And I want some cheese to go with it. This is heaven in a bottle. Absolutely in love with this beer. Big time winner.

DavidSeanNJ, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage:
This is a good tasting beer, but only because, I think, of the Calvados aging. Upon pouring it the floaties were dense and a plenty. I let it set for a minute to begin drinking. The off copper color was challenged by a caramel goodness. A quick 2 finger head fell silently to a film, never to return.
Subtle sweet caramel and browned apples in the nose. Soft vanilla and a wee bit of alcohol. Nothing complicated or easy, just in the middle. I would like to say the nose contained more, but it's a bit weak.
Taste follows nose. A quick hit of alcohol, then a nice caramel, cooking apple mush, and vanilla, then not much of anything. It is very smooth and the alcohol is hidden quite nicely. Yet, it's just a bit odd to me. If they hadn't used Calvados barrels, I think this beer would be average at best.

Mebuzzard, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

9.3 oz. bottle, 2008 Edition

A: Pours brown with a soft white head, nice looking, nothing special.

S: Sweet English malt, caramel and apple cider. Like the best apple pie you ever smelled.

T: Delicious, simply delicious. Caramel malt, good amount of residual sugar in there. Maple syrup type notes, hints of wood and the true green apple/Calvados just brings it all together. The flavours are just beautifully integrated, this is why I love English Barleywine.

M: Gorgeous full-bodied mouthfeel, silky easy smoothness, soft carbonation.

D: If one can not tell already, I loved this beer. Everything came together on this one. Wish I had more to age, but I don't think I'd be able to keep my hands off them. Grab a wedge of Stilton and go to heaven.

Halcyondays, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

champ103, Dec 31, 2009
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.