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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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338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 47
Gots: 71 | 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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Hypersomnia, Nov 14, 2013
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GRG1313, Nov 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

RMoeNay, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

atone315, Nov 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

riemster, Nov 03, 2013
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.

flagmantho, Oct 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

apasternak, Oct 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

socon67, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

moodyxc9, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

mattsucks, Oct 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

kguard, Oct 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

JOrtt, Oct 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

bsuedekum, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

ShemRahBoo, Aug 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

MSandahl23, Aug 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

EZEKIEL_F, Aug 17, 2013
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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

Jonada, Aug 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Dactrius, Aug 15, 2013
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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.

jrenihan, Aug 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Roger85, Aug 10, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -57.5%

jklecko2, Jul 31, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

9.3oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Vintage 2007.

Oops...I poured it too quickly. Tons of yeast just plopped in there. Other than that it's a nice burgundy color with no head and very little carbonation.

Rum raisin, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla and overwhelming malty goodness.

Rum raisin and syrupy sweetness. Very vinous. Caramel loaded with notes of butterscotch and vanilla. Some musty basement and a hint of oak. Hints of fig. Malty, malty, malty, malty.

Full bodied, lush, syrupy, smooth and warming.

An excellent night cap. Put on your smoking jacket and bust out the pipe. This will turn you into a fancy pants! Pinky out.

justintcoons, Jul 13, 2013
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
92 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.