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

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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask)J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask)

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

321 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 42
Gots: 66 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 08-01-2005)
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Dantes

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

Package:275 ml brown, crowned bottle, much like a 7/8ths scale longneck. Parchment-like, cream-colored label with black lettering. Boldly labelled “Harvest Ale 2003" and “Port.”

Cost: NA

Presentation: Riedel Port glass at ~50°

Appearance: The Port cask version of this was a touch darker than the Sherry cask version (although I didn’t compare them side-to-side), with a plummy, oxblood-like coloring. It poured with a similar, beige-foam, sticky head, that lasted well-through the glass.

Smell: The Port was a little less aggressive than the Sherry, but still noticeable in the aroma. I’m not familiar with Willoughby’s Ports, and I don’t think “crusted port” is a regulated age statement, but this contributed some pruney, raisiny notes to the bouquet, while being less assertively fruity than the Sherry was. The expected Lees malty, yeasty notes were also detectable, meshing nicely with the Port.

Taste: Slightly less sweet than the Sherried version on the tongue, it allowed a bit more of the hoppy tang to peek through. The nuttiness is also more apparent, which complements the Port excellently. It also allows the toasted, biscuit-like malt to come through. The finish is long, warming, and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Again, this is an ale with an extremely heavy, viscous body. Carbonation is surprisingly good for such a heavy ale, but never overpowers what this ale is really about: malt and fruit.

Drinkability: Another fine ale that combines a high ABV, complex flavors, and a heavy body in a package that is highly drinkable, if not in great quantity, at least in desirability. Any of these limited-edition beers would be a superb accompaniment to a cheese platter or a fine cigar.

Backwash: Another example of remarkable craftsmanship, this is a beer that can hold its head high in ANY company. It conjures up visions of the English Borders, roaring fires in massive stone fireplaces,.and a damp dog at one’s feet. Likely to improve greatly with further cellaring and well worth the effort to find.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2004 17:15:44 | More by Dantes
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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
92 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.