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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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320 Ratings
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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 41
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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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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3.75/5  rDev -9%

08-15-2013 05:38:26 | More by Dactrius
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 02:24:42 | More by jrenihan
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

08-10-2013 00:14:08 | More by Roger85
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1.75/5  rDev -57.5%

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

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 01:38:23 | More by justintcoons

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

07-05-2013 03:45:23 | More by WOLFGANG
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

07-05-2013 03:19:32 | More by illidurit
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3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2004. Enjoyed in a wine glass @ about cellar temperature.

appearance: very low carbonation. Head, only a slight dusting. Murky leather brown color.
Aroma: sherry & port, umami or a light soy sauce, vanilla & whiskey, MUSTY, earthy & slight oak. I thought the bottle was soured when I smelled it.
Taste: tart cherries, plum, hugh brown sugar & slightly smokey @ the finish
mouthful: SWEET! Cloying & coating
Overall:I expectrd there to be residual sugar, but mistakenly thought that the sweetness would have died back. Was I wrong to think this?

Definitely glad I enjoyed after dinner. Still wanting to try the others. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 00:13:55 | More by Higy
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-13-2013 19:59:32 | More by djre4orm
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

06-10-2013 00:31:46 | More by mportnoy
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

06-08-2013 15:24:30 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

05-19-2013 01:44:53 | More by ystazi
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -9%

05-08-2013 21:20:33 | More by csustar001
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

05-05-2013 13:12:26 | More by Archemedies
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -9%

05-04-2013 01:49:21 | More by nkeckhar
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-22-2013 05:09:32 | More by pmarlowe
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

04-15-2013 14:22:24 | More by JMBSH
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

04-11-2013 14:57:05 | More by GratefulEdd
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3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my lovely wife who gave this to me for Christmas over a year ago, along with two others from this series. This is the last, saved because I adore a good port. Short, slender 9.3 oz. bottle, 2007 vintage.

Pop the cap: if there was a whisper, I'd have needed to turn up my hearing aids to detect it. Pours a lovely copper piping into the glass, hypnotizing me so that I react an instant too late, & wind up with fist-sized yeast glaciers hovering in the now much darker liquid. Carbonation between non-existent & barely-imagined. After a puff of aroma after its release, the nose settles right where the head is, hard to detect. Straining, one might find sweet malts & a port bottle left open two doors down. Not much.

Harvest Ale (Port Cask) hides the port - but how? After hiding out from the nose, the port is the overwhelming taste here. Port/sherry/mild oxidation melt together into a tasty after-dinner treat. Brown sugar, white sugar, enveloping sweetness, candied caramel. Flatness is somewhat distracting, but this small bottle won't be any problem at all, thank you.

Taste is definitely the high point, but this scarcely tastes like beer at all, more like a port cut with brown sugar & water. But hey, I like port. I like brown sugar. Ergo, this is a good beer. 'Beer'.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 02:13:59 | More by maximum12
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4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2010.

Chunky, tawny ale poured into my CCB snifter. Lots of sediment: no head and ugly as hell. Sounds like the makings of a good aged barleywine.

Smells like a good bottle of booze -- maybe the trub of a bottle of dessert wine. A bit of earth and dead, dried flowers. A touch of must. Something comforting about the combination of these things. I feel like putting on my slippers and lighting a fire. Maybe.

Sweet and earthy in flavor. Alcohol is buried so I fully expect to stumble when I get out of my chair. It's a sipper, but it goes down smooth. But she ain't cheap! $9 to make you holler.

A sweet, full-bodied mistress. She and blue cheese will make you swoon.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 03:16:20 | More by Zraly
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-29-2013 02:39:43 | More by Fhantom99
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1.75/5  rDev -57.5%

03-29-2013 02:26:34 | More by Boilerfood
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-25-2013 01:29:50 | More by cfh64
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
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