J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask) - J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
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4.18/5 rDev +3%
275 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2007 vintage. Pours very cloudy orange copper color with a small off white head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin lace ring. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, apple, fig, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, light pepper, brown bread, brandy, vanilla, oak, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, cask, and fruity notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, apple, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brandy, brown bread, vanilla, oak, light pepper, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, apple, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brandy, oak, vanilla, light pepper, brown bread, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of malt, cask, and fruity flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very slick, creamy, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent English barelywine style. Great balance and complexity of malt and cask flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
09-20-2013 03:33:43 | More by superspak
3.98/5 rDev -2%
Note: Brewed in 2005
A: Pours a hazy dark orangish amber in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some orange + brown highlights. The beer has a thin (1/8 finger tall) tan head that is comprised of a single layer of medium sized bubbles and reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of caramel + toffee sweetness from the malts and moderate aromas of apple brandy + alcohol.
T: Upfront there are strong flavors of sweet malts - toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. There is a moderately strong flavor of Calvados (apple brandy). This beer is fairly sweet and just borders on being cloying.
M: Just shy of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate to strong amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.
O: This is a nice dessert beer and requires slow sipping but is quite enjoyable and the Calvados flavors really come through.
08-11-2013 01:59:17 | More by dbrauneis
4.58/5 rDev +12.8%
Poured from a 275 mL bottle into a mini snifter. This is a 2009 version, so has 4 years of age on it.
Appearance: Pours a caramel/dark honey color and leaves just a thread of head which dissipates quickly. Carbonation can be seen flowing up the beer.
Smell: Brandy, caramel apples, figs, plums, dates. A hint of cinnamon as well. Very sweet aroma.
Taste: Caramel and apples again - very interesting. Very sweet, and some smokiness to it as well. Pears, plums, and other sweet fruits. Toffee, oak. Very complex, and quite tasty.
Mouth-feel: Medium body with a light carbonation (but there is enough, which is definitely a positive). Extremely smooth finish - the alcohol is expertly masked.
Overall: This is a very interesting beer, and it is really delicious right now. Caramel apple, brandy, some nice spices and plenty of sweet fruit. I have to guess that the time in the bottle has done great things with this because it is drinking really well right now. This is a really good "desert" type drink.
08-06-2013 23:20:13 | More by Resuin
4.06/5 rDev 0%
Bottle that says "Brewed in 2006." Pours brownish reddish toffee color with no head and lots of sediment floating around. Aroma of biscuits, toffee, caramel, vanilla, licorice, some chocolate. Nice. Flavor is sweet up front like whoah, then fades into an intense praline nuttiness and vanilla cream. The nutty flavor lingers a good while and is very pleasant--probably the best part of this beer. The up front super cloying maple sweet makes it tough to drink at start, but otherwise a nicely layered bunch of flavors. Brown sugar, figs, and chocolate begin to show. Calvados and butterscotch come out as it warms. Thick and viscous. Heavy, decadent dessert beer for sure. Maybe a bit much, but definitely had the depth of flavor. The palate improves as I go, and overall one to try for barleywine lovers. One of the most complex flavor profiles I have come across since BB4D.
07-29-2013 01:17:34 | More by BMMillsy
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
91 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.