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

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

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285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 35
Gots: 53 | FT: 4
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:
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(Beer added by: beveragecaptain on 09-27-2005)
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Limited Edition 2011

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dark fruits, small hop presence, and an alcohol presence. In the taste, dark fruits, caramel like malt and a small alcohol presence. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry caramel and alcohol like aftertaste. Big dark fruits, caramel malts, a small hop and a nice amount of alcohol in the flavor.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a light to medium body. Zero head on pour or retained while drinking. Brownish color with some orange brightness to it. Looks like a barleywine that has aged gracefully.

Smell: There is a caramel and molasses sweetness on the front of the aroma. The sherry casks add some unique tangy tones. Some earthy and leafy tones are found on the undertones.

Taste: The front is an incredibly sweet sherry, caramel, and butterscotch feeling. The body rounds out with some earthy tones and tobacco leaves. The back end is some bright barley and a slight alcohol dryness left on the palate. The earthy tones are stick out and are the most memorable.

Mouthfeel: Dry with a grainy texture.

Overall: An interesting brew. The years have taken well to this beer, making in a unique journey for the palate. I was really surprised how pronounced the earthy tones were, a lot of maple, leafy greens, and tobacco.

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'08 vintage

A- Deep apricot / vermillion. Absolutely no head whatsoever, as expected for brew with this abv and aged 5 years. Poured this one about as slow as possible but still wound up with a couple little floaters.

S- Oak and sherry. Very woody, sweet, caramel, alcohol.

T- Oh boy. Just like the nose, but, even sweeter than I expected. Caramel, molasses, brandy. Just wonderful. Heat isn't very strong. Leaves a bit of the barrel taste behind.

M- Heavy, sticky, not much carb to speak of.

O- Excellent barleywine, At 11.5 %, I'm glad I had this 5 year old one instead of fresh. Only aged barley wine I've had and liked more was an '04 Stone Old Guardian tapped at the brewery new years eve 2010.

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2011 bottling

A: center-poured into a snifter, hazy deep amber body with orange accents, off-white big-bubbled head that slimmed quickly into a collar

S: sherry and fruit, caramel and toffee

T: follows nose - sherry and wood, orchard fruit-like suggestions, delicate malt sweetness akin to toffee and chewy caramels

M: light bodied, slick, faint stickiness, no notable carbonation, smooth and airy

O: another fantastic ale, similar to some old ales I've had, and not a typical barleywine - thinner, lighter, more refined - excellent, almost cordial-like ale

2007 bottling

A: into snifter - poured carefully so as not to dump the dark sediment into the glass - amber brown beer with no head

S: notes of the original sherry, but lots of sweet aromas, reminiscent of candied fruit

T: very sweet and fruity, accents of sherry still evident

M: smooth, slick, light-medium body

O: this aged better than the Lagavulin cask edition, retaining some of the barrel flavors and aromas; I knew to be more watchful of the sediment, although I don't know if that matters in any way that affects the flavor/aroma - whatever the sediment was going to impart has been long imparted. A fine drink.

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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
91 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.