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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
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353 Ratings
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 49
Gots: 79 | 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: Dantes on 05-07-2004

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Ratings: 353 | Reviews: 205
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at a barleywine tasting event. It was late in the night so specifics on this beer are a bit fuzzy but I do remember it was a world class example of an English barleywine.

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4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage poured into a snifter.

Look- Dark amber color pours with a few soapy bubbles that totally disappear. This looks totally still and flat, but the color is deep and rich and nice.

Smell- Tobacco, cedar, dates, figs, caramel, butterscotch toffee, candied nuts, and finished with big spicy grape port notes.

Taste- Big fruity port grape sweetness at first, and the rest is all brown sweetness. Figs, Dates, caramel, pralines, and cane sugar. Muted coffee and cane sugar notes linger on the palate.

Feel- A bit dense and slippery. If there's a lower point on this one, this is it. A bit much, but only solidifies this one as a sipper.

Overall- Very well done beer. I am just now breaking my palate into barleywines, and this one is a true gem. A bit on the candy-sweet side, but pretty remarkable. A benchmark for the style for sure, considering all that the American craft brew scene has done with barleywines. A great barrel-aged barleywine.

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4.81/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2005 POOF!

Nine point one ounces of decadent dessert. Buy a case if you can, so it doesn't hurt so bad. In my own opinion, a real panty dropper. Pour more for yourself but share with your girlfriends or boyfriend and then do it. Not to be drink on a week day, too much when into this beer, especially with time.

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4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
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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4.61/5  rDev +11.6%

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 +4.1%

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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
92 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.