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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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332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 45
Gots: 69 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -9%

ronricorossi, Today at 05:05 AM
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4.61/5  rDev +11.9%


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

Bitterbill, Sep 14, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

grover37, Sep 08, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

tobelerone, Aug 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

jplopez21, Aug 20, 2014
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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

zac16125, Aug 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Bolivian22, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

wrightst, Aug 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

MalibuKenny, Aug 10, 2014
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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.

Rollzroyce21, Aug 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

waddellc2, Aug 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

TheHumanTorch, Jun 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

monketeeth, Jun 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Vivs85, May 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Loveyourbeer, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Cyclone8, May 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

warnerry, May 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

psumjl269, May 03, 2014
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2.63/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

9.3 oz bottle poured into a Tired Hands wine glass. Brewed in 2008 per the label. Lots of chunky sediment at the bottom of the glass.

A: Pours a thin head fizzy head with some bubbles and a ring. Body is a copper/amber brown with lots suspended sediment.

S: Sweet wine, savory sweet malts which brings to mind sticky honey and lots of dried fruits. Think old raisins and honey.

T: So hard to drink. There’s an almost overwhelming taste of cooked vegetables. There is some cloyingly sweet honey in the background but it’s largely overtaken by the gross vegetables.

Mf: Almost no carbonation, slick and smooth. Sticky sweet. Warming.

O: This is the third time I’ve had JW Lees and it’s always the same issue, overwhelming nasty vegetables in the taste. As it warmed it began to smell better, like a liqueur, but the taste was horrendous. Not finishing. Purchase these little bottles at your own risk.

CowsandBeer, Apr 29, 2014
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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
92 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.