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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

340 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 47
Gots: 72 | 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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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Sludgeman
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

Photo of Docrock
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Harvey98
2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of Hypersomnia
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of RMoeNay
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of atone315
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of riemster
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of flagmantho
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.

Photo of apasternak
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Photo of socon67
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of moodyxc9
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of mattsucks
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of kguard
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of JOrtt
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of EZEKIEL_F
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Jonada
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

Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of jrenihan
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 Vintage

The beer is dark amber in colour. Lots and lots of floaties. Almost no head- just a bit of off-white bubble.

Smell contains toffee, caramel, oak and, yes, port. Smells a bit sweet, quite rich.

Taste is similar to the nose. Port, caramel, toffee, oak. Fairly sweet, quite malty. The port nicely complements the base beer, and is at the right level of strength: clearly present but not overpowering.

Full bodied but not heavy, Low to moderate carbonation level. Slick.

Overall, very nice flavour. A bit on the sweet side, but very good stuff.

Photo of Roger85
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of jklecko2
1.75/5  rDev -57.5%

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
92 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.