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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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Vylo

New Jersey

1/5  rDev -75.7%

04-10-2012 23:42:47 | More by Vylo
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Kaveman

Illinois

1/5  rDev -75.7%

12-27-2013 17:50:19 | More by Kaveman
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jklecko2

Missouri

1.75/5  rDev -57.5%

07-30-2013 23:18:26 | More by jklecko2
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Boilerfood

Indiana

1.75/5  rDev -57.5%

03-29-2013 02:26:34 | More by Boilerfood
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apasternak

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

10-29-2013 02:51:43 | More by apasternak
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pin

Australia

2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

10-10-2012 01:52:47 | More by pin
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Molnar

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

11-11-2012 02:54:56 | More by Molnar
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laituegonflable

Australia

2.53/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a burnished amber colour with unfortunate yeast floaties at the bottom. Head is off-white, kind of a swirl on the top more than anything else. Lace is disappointing. Yeah, a bit odd-looking.

Smells pungent and a bit weird. Leathery, with some strong molasses and an odd, nostril chewing menthol hint on the top. Quite boozey and yeah, a little bit chemical. Not a big fan.

Taste is also fairly bizarre. Sticky sweetness upfront with huge caramel malt that develops some really insane flavours - dirt, wet dog and sweaty gym towel among them. Nuts and honey and oats on there as well. It's... look, it's an experience. But it's way too off-the-wall for me and just too sweet. Definitely needs more balance in there.

Sticky, thick and leaves thick and gooey. Decent for the style.

Not my cup of beer. Way sweet, heavy and just some distinctly bizarre characters that I find a bit too much to handle. I can see someone else really enjoying this beer, but it's not for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 22:19:06 | More by laituegonflable
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2014 02:10:35 | More by CowsandBeer
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Harvey98

Arizona

2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

11-18-2013 00:40:27 | More by Harvey98
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light orange color, no head. Strong red wine emanations capture the nostrils. Fruit syrup (apricot, pears) make up for a powerful liquor flavour. Extremely sweet palate, like apricot juice over an oxidized grape liquor. Syrupy medium body contributes to the cloying aspects.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 18:15:36 | More by Rastacouere
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mjtiernan

New York

3/5  rDev -27.2%

05-12-2012 18:59:46 | More by mjtiernan
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MrVonzipper

California

3/5  rDev -27.2%

01-18-2013 10:07:35 | More by MrVonzipper
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Sailracer


3/5  rDev -27.2%

02-10-2013 20:57:56 | More by Sailracer
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Amalak

New York

3/5  rDev -27.2%

11-21-2011 00:44:51 | More by Amalak
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akttr

Michigan

3/5  rDev -27.2%

01-11-2014 06:03:14 | More by akttr
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On cask at Pizza Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Served in a snifter.

Pours an insanely cloudy light turdish color. This seriously looked like dirty dishwater. It was really disgusting looking. After I got past that, it was decent, but not all that good. The nose had some nice port notes along with plenty of oak and a bit of oxidation. The flavor was more port and some sweetness with a bit too much oxidation, leading to a bit of cardboard. Medium body and close to flat. Sweetness and a bit of cardboard dryness. Really disgusting to look at, and an okay beer after that.

Serving type: cask

02-25-2012 01:29:08 | More by Thorpe429
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benmiliron

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Paid $6.99 for a 9+ oz. bottle.

Ruby-brown color. Smell isn't as strong as I expected, slightly grapy. Taste is had to describe. Very sweet, sticky, syrupy & sugary. Still a beer, but just barely. More like a liqueur. An interesting experience nonetheless. I'll not try it again though.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 02:08:59 | More by benmiliron
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fx20736

New York

3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 9.3 oz bottle into a pint glass,served at cellar temp.

Clementine Orange, no head or lacing. Beer originally had prodigious sediment which I used a cloth to strain out.

Aroma of of mellow alcohol, plums, burnt toast, walnuts.

mouthfeel: soft and syrupy

taste: port wine, burnt toast, walnuts.

Notes: Interesting but hard to say alot else. Tons of sediment, which I strained out. This is the 1st of 4 of these cask aged JWL Harvests.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 21:47:00 | More by fx20736
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 vintage

J.W. Lees Harvest aged in Port casks has a brownish orange body with a bunch of sediment floating around in it. The head is a thing color of light tan foam that fades quickly.

Lots of dark fruits like prunes and figs. Hints of caramel, toffee and cocoa

Up front is a bunch of caramel and toffee, once again with a touch of cocoa. After that comes all kinds of Port flavor. Grapes, raisins, figs and prunes all make appearances. A solid amount of wood in the background. A little bit of a burnt, rubbery flavor in the background. The aftertaste is very fruity. A little bit of heat from the alcohol lingers throughout.

Surprisingly light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

This one is definitely for sipping.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 04:44:40 | More by Hojaminbag
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TheViolator666

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

275 ml bottle poured into pint glass.

2007 Vintage.

A: Not sure, couldn't really see the beer through all the yeast that never quite settled down. Pours golden brown with almost no head at all. No lacing whatsoever.

S: Smells like grapes, huge wine character to this one as expected. Sweet malts as well. Probably the best thing about this beer.

T: Tastes of sweet raisins, but overall pretty subtle and unimpressive. Slight hint of hops in the aftertaste. Not a huge flavor overall.

M/D: Decent mouthfeel, a bit syrupy. Had a hard time finishing this one, way too much yeast and sediment for my liking.

At almost $1/ounce I'll likely be avoiding this one and most other JW Lees, that is unless the price drops. Not nearly as impressive as I had anticipated.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 04:45:47 | More by TheViolator666
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

9.3oz bottle. Brewed in 2009. Served in a Teku

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with less than a finger of an eggshell colored head. Head dissipates quickly to a collar of thick bubbles. Body is extremely murky with lots of chunky yeast sediment floating throughout.

Smell: Big port aromas, caramel, raisins, ripe apples. The aroma would rate much higher except for a moderately strong alcohol presence, almost like nail polish remover

Taste: Extremely sweet, overripe fruit, toffee. It has a sort of funky, oaky, smokey aftertaste that's pretty off putting. Alcohol is hidden well in the sense that it's not hot going down.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low. Finishes with a cloying sweetness.

Overall: This was a miss for me. Cloying sweetness and an off putting aftertaste really took away from the good things this had going for it. It's not awful, but I definitely wouldn't have it again.

This one's just not for me I guess

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 03:14:04 | More by Jonada
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amrozga

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

02-16-2013 03:06:47 | More by amrozga
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Pencible

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: This poured an opaque light mahogany, with almost no had and lots of chunky sediment.
S: It smelled like sweet honey wheat bread and toffee and tart apples, with some metallic copper hops and berries.
T: It tasted like sweet honey wheat and moldy blackberries, with some funky oak and earthy toffee. It had a lasting sugary and musty aftertaste.
M: It was oily with a little carbonation. Full body but a little flat.
D: This was not nearly as awesome as I hoped. Only a few years old and already seems ancient. The scent and taste had great elements, but they were canceled out by some undesirable oxidation notes. The body was good, not great. The finish was kind of rough, with some alcohol noticeable, so it was challenging to drink. A shame, this had a lot of potential but ended up being sub-par.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 15:44:45 | More by Pencible
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Janderson91

Alabama

3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2005 vintage. Poured the 9.3 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A- Murky amber color. Absolutely no head whatsoever. All kinds of yeast floating around.

S - Smell is the highlight for me. Very sweet with some dark fruits, very little hop presence at all. The port has made its presence known.

T - In the taste, the port cask is extremely evident. Very very sweet with some fruity, grapelike taste. A lot of alcohol present. No hops.

M - Very thick with no carbonation.

D - Sweetness and thickness make this beer a sipper.

A pretty good beer but it's just too expensive for me to revisit again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 04:44:40 | More by Janderson91
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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.