J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry Cask) - J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
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Reviews by Kooz:
3.43/5 rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours an opaque orane color with a creamy, tight-packed head. Not too much of a nose, but a bit boozy and warm. Tastes sweet with caramel hints. The boozyness continues throughout, but it gives it warmth and isn't unpleasant. The beer isn't over-carbonated, and is nice. It's really smooth and I'd enjoy drinking this again. It's a pretty good beer overall.
Serving type: on-tap
04-06-2013 01:57:48 | More by Kooz
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4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The beer comes in a strawberry juice light amber red with a small off white head.
The aroma is light and sweet. White raisins, dried apricot, caramel, brown sugar, honey. A peat and woody character in the back.
The flavor is extremely complex. General theme of honey, caramel, toffee, and light brown sugary sweetness. There’s raisins, dried apricot, and apple sweetness. Those notes pair with sweet alcohol of brandy and sherry. There’s a peat and smoke character and then the beer finishes with woodiness drying the beer off. Tinges of alcohol linger throughout, but it is a compliment to the sweetness and complexity.
The body is medium, medium minus for a bigger beer like this. However, it does not take away from the experience.
An absolutely delicious complex beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 03:23:44 | More by dar482
4.46/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
For purposes of the review, the 2008 and 2010 editions were sampled for the review.
Appearance - The beer was a nice golden color copper color. There was some lacing along the sides of the glass.
Smell - The sherry added a mediciny sweetness. The beer certainly smelled like sherry with an added dimension.
Taste - As an aged English barleywine, the beer had a syrupy sweetness. The 2010 had more of a raw nutty backbone which is right up my alley. Notes of sweet fruit that turned slightly sour were also present with the sherry lingering in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - The beer coats the tongue nicely. One might have to scrub their tongue to get the thick coat off.
Overall - I liked this beer a lot, but it really needs to be shared with a friend or two. Verticals make for interesting comparisons.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 17:33:06 | More by JohnnyHopps
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
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