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

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry Cask)J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry Cask)

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

253 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 14.5%


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: beveragecaptain on 09-27-2005)
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-18-2012 17:09:26 | More by patjohnfive
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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottling.

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
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
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

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2012 dated bottle from a trip to Hoboken. Pours a deep orange red hue with a tiny ring of white head that fizzes off very quickly. Aroma is big sweetness with lots of sherry, toffee, molasses, maple syrup, and a little hint of fruits. Flavor is surprisingly similar to the Calvados cask. A good bit of bitter hazelnut alongside leather, sweet caramel maple and brown sugar. Sweet but this had a nice balanced bitter and medium level sherry booze and the sherry really accents this nicely. Sweet heavy mouthfeel but with adequate carbonation to keep this from being syrupy. Overall a really nice treatment on this that makes for a beautiful after dinner drink with a nicely complex flavor profile.

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4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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Poured from 275mL bottle into a pint glass. This is the 2008 vintage.

Appearance: medium brown with a thick haze and light effervescence. Head is virtually nonexistent. Nice color; appropriate for the style.

Smell: outstanding. Raisin, tobacco, toffee, vanilla, cherry, dates, brown sugar ... complex, sweet and extremely enticing.

Taste: sweet, musty, dank and delicious. Plums, toffee, caramel, wood, and a delicious dusty-basement kind of character that I find irresistible. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel: plenty of body, next to no carbonation. I guess this is normal for the style; not much to recommend this otherwise.

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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
91 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.