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

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

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306 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 14.08%


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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madnismo

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

02-24-2013 02:49:41 | More by madnismo
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

04-21-2014 00:08:50 | More by ScottP
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DougT

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brewed in 2010 on label. Decanted into a Rochefort challis.

No head to speak of, no lace. No legs like a good wine or cognac might have. A hazy nice dark brown color but lots of flotsam. I tried to decant, but still got a fair amount of yeast sediment. The glass has a nucleation point so there is a very small patch of lingering foam, but it's basically flat. By the end of the glass even that patch was gone.

Smell is not too strong, but sweet. Very fruity. Dates, Plumbs, dark bread, and red wine. Smells delicious. A lot of the characteristics of a Trappist quad, but even more fruity.

Taste is wonderful. It's quite sweet, flavors of port, prunes, a little bitter hops, yeast. Pretty complex. Involving. Very well balanced. Bottle says 11.5% but I can't taste it.

Mouthfeel lacks any fizz. It's medium body, and full flavor, but there needs to be some effervescence. It's almost flat.

The lack of bubbles and the high amount of sediment detract from an otherwise complex, flavorful, well balanced, and interesting brew. I'm glad I tried it, and it would make a great conversation piece, but it's hard to justify the high price.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 02:45:26 | More by DougT
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03-28-2014 02:23:26 | More by afsdan
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 bottle from my visit to Jersey. Poured to a generic tulip glass. Pour is murky amber orange colored with a small ring of yellowish khaki head. Sweet caramel brown sugar, oak, vanilla, toffee, brandy, nuts, but of a vinous note but more of the brandy fortification here. Flavor follows with a malty caramel vanilla port wine, a bit of marshmallow, brandy, some pecans. Sone alcohol heat with a nutty vanilla finish. Yum. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 01:37:56 | More by BMMillsy
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dunlap926

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-13-2014 00:06:31 | More by dunlap926
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

5/5  rDev +21.4%

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seangibbs60

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-20-2014 18:35:49 | More by seangibbs60
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-29-2014 14:30:39 | More by tom10101
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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Michigan

3/5  rDev -27.2%

01-11-2014 06:03:14 | More by akttr
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Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

01-01-2014 18:52:15 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-29-2013 01:19:35 | More by 2GOOFY
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1/5  rDev -75.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

12-14-2013 17:22:19 | More by bleeps
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2007 vintage 275mL bottle

medium brown in color. clear, with yeast floaties. no head at all, looks like iced tea. rich boozy complex aroma - tobacco, leather, honey. taste is more brown sugar and tobacco, but not overly sweet as those flavors normally are if that makes rest. a bit of fig and grape flavors as well. just a touch of carbonation, almost flat, and fairly thin, body could be better.

overall - not quite as good as the normal version, but definitely different - less sweet certainly so check it out if you don't like that characteristic of the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 04:38:10 | More by jmdrpi
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Kansas

4/5  rDev -2.9%

12-03-2013 04:13:22 | More by jaydoc
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District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. 2011 vintage. Started a little cold but let the beer warm to proper temperature.

This is a very good barley wine. Complex. Nicely balanced. Drinks like a port, but not boozy. – 4.5

A – Pours a cloudy (maybe some chill haze) orange amber with almost no head. Zero lacing. – 3.75

S – Vinous, port, some alcohol, dark fruit – 4.5

T – Malty goodness, huge port notes, raisins, some sweetness but cloying, slight bitterness, a touch of spicy pepperiness. – 4.75

MF – Smooth even a bit velvety. Medium-heavy bodied. Not a dry finish but not overly sweet. – 4.75

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-03-2013 22:09:10 | More by atone315
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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
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