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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

319 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 319
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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Kaveman

Illinois

1/5  rDev -75.7%

12-27-2013 17:50:19 | More by Kaveman
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aslamm75

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.9%

12-22-2013 02:22:36 | More by aslamm75
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bleeps

Massachusetts

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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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -2.9%

12-03-2013 04:13:22 | More by jaydoc
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Sludgeman

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

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 02:39:50 | More by Sludgeman
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Docrock

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-19-2013 00:26:33 | More by Docrock
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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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Hypersomnia

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-14-2013 23:07:33 | More by Hypersomnia
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

11-12-2013 04:41:11 | More by GRG1313
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-05-2013 01:12:39 | More by RMoeNay
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atone315

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-03-2013 22:09:10 | More by atone315
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riemster

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

11-03-2013 05:16:58 | More by riemster
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flagmantho

Washington

4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 275mL bottle into a pint glass. This is the 2008 vintage, so it's got a cool 5 years of age on it.

Appearance: murky medium brown with lots of haze and an indistinguishable effervescence. Head pours a finger of frothy tan foam which subsides somewhat slowly. Pretty good indeed.

Smell: involuntarily, I uttered "oh yeah, holy shit" upon my first smell of this brew. Rich, sumptuous malt, with an amazingly enticing and complex aroma of raisin, raw tobacco, dates, cherries, vanilla and excellence. Buh.

Taste: mother of God. I don't know if it is the aging or what, but twelve bucks for 275mL almost seems too cheap for this stuff. Complex and challenging flavors of dates, tobacco and perhaps a lapsang souchong smoke-like character. This beer is amazing. I'm gobsmacked.

Mouthfeel: pretty rich body with a decent creaminess. Listen, I try to gauge mouthfeel separate from flavor on beers which I think are pretty non-tasty, so I have to do it here too. It's not brilliantly creamy, just appropriate and enjoyable for the style.

Overall: I would like three cases of this and a deserted island, please.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 00:17:30 | More by flagmantho
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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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socon67

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

10-24-2013 22:36:50 | More by socon67
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moodyxc9

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%

10-06-2013 22:17:14 | More by moodyxc9
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mattsucks

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9%

10-06-2013 15:47:59 | More by mattsucks
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kguard

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

10-04-2013 14:52:46 | More by kguard
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JOrtt

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

10-04-2013 14:21:09 | More by JOrtt
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

08-26-2013 22:43:25 | More by bsuedekum
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-21-2013 22:57:04 | More by ShemRahBoo
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-18-2013 03:08:18 | More by MSandahl23
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EZEKIEL_F

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

08-17-2013 18:17:44 | More by EZEKIEL_F
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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
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
92 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.