1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask)J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

329 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 329
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 45
Gots: 67 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 329 | Reviews: 200 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of afsdan
afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-28-2014 02:23:26 | More by afsdan
Photo of BMMillsy
BMMillsy

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

New York

5/5  rDev +21.4%

02-26-2014 00:46:52 | More by davidwhatshisnam
Photo of seangibbs60
seangibbs60

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-29-2014 14:30:39 | More by tom10101
Photo of JamLand
JamLand

Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

01-17-2014 02:21:46 | More by JamLand
Photo of akttr
akttr

Michigan

3/5  rDev -27.2%

01-11-2014 06:03:14 | More by akttr
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

01-01-2014 18:52:15 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
Photo of 2GOOFY
2GOOFY

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-29-2013 01:19:35 | More by 2GOOFY
Photo of Kaveman
Kaveman

Illinois

1/5  rDev -75.7%

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

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

12-03-2013 04:38:10 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of jaydoc
jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%

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

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

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-19-2013 00:26:33 | More by Docrock
Photo of Harvey98
Harvey98

Arizona

2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

11-18-2013 00:40:27 | More by Harvey98
Photo of Hypersomnia
Hypersomnia

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

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

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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

Washington

4.8/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

10-30-2013 00:17:30 | More by flagmantho
Photo of apasternak
apasternak

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

10-29-2013 02:51:43 | More by apasternak
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
92 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.