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

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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

347 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 49
Gots: 76 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 08-01-2005

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3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2011.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, port wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet caramel, toffee, honey, dark fruit, wood, and slight port wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a solid but sweet port wine presence that is more noticeable in the smell, but the flavors are a bit more well integrated to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.25/5  rDev -45.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.08/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.61/5  rDev +11.9%

2004.

It pours close to a pitch black. good tannish head of foam, near a finger's worth.

The nose is sweet Port. Just as intended, I suspect.

The taste is very much of the Port, strictly....Port. Meant to be, eh? Maybe a tad too sweet as my rating will reflect. Never the less, a grand brew.

Full bodied, light carbonation. Superb mouth feel.

My first variant of the JW Lees Harvest Ales. A winner.

Beautifully sweet Port notes in the taste. Perhaps a bit too sweet, as my rating will reflect but grand all the sam

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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

275mL bottle into a snifter
Brewed in 2011

A: Pours an opaque dark copper with less than 1/2 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Head dissipates down very quickly and leaves essentially zero lacing. 3.75

S: An absolute huge degree of sweetness. Nutty, caramel/toffee, candied sugar, port wine. Some booze to balance it out. Love it. 4.5

T: Interesting, not what I expected the aroma in that its got an herbaceous, oaky, and a bit of hoppy characters. But like the nose, there is also a lot of sweetness with tons of port characters, accompanied by lots of toffee/caramel, some dark fruits, and a cocoa like component. Very nice. 4.25

M/D: Fairly smooth, carbonation on the lower end, a bit syrupy, ABV is noticeable but not in a bad way and it helps to balance the sweetness, drinkability is pretty good. 4

O: Excellent beer. Im a big fan of the original and this variant didnt disappoint. If it wasnt for the price these would be lining my fridge on a consistent basis. 4.5

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

- Brewed in 2012
- Bought from Hi Times (Costa Mesa, CA) on 4-Aug-14 (do not know cellar conditions)
- 275mL bottle poured into stemless wine glass on 8-Aug-14

Fine English BW and I definitely get the port influence, so much so that's it's almost a teeny bit too sweet, but that's what I expected from a port. Would've preferred a bit more barrel influence, but overall this was nice.

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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
92 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.