J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask) | J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd

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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask)J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask)
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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask)J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
England, United Kingdom
jwlees.co.uk

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Dantes on 05-07-2004

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Reviews:
269
Ratings:
531
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
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35
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Photo of SHODriver
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a barrel aged beer glass to a deep brown topped by a small off white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of intense dark fruits and brown sugar with some slight oak and mulling spices.
T: Taste is sweet dark fruits with some brandy notes, strong brown sugar and toffee with a some stewed dark fruits along with a touch of oak and toasted bread. On the swallow that slight brandy note is back with more dark fruits, strong brown sugar and dulce de leche with some slight lingering vinous notes, dark fruits, and slight spice.
M: This beer is on the heavier side of things with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is just below prickly and adequate for the style while the beer has a somewhat dry finish which is surprising given the sweetness on the palate but not out of place.
O: This one is very impressive. The calvados casks were what really drew me into this beer since you don't see that very often. Really nice flavors and complexity on this beer make it a great one to sip and ponder. This one is from 2013 and it has aged extremely well. Definitely worth trying if you can find it.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a deep rugged burnt dark orange/copper color with a small white foamy head sliding off fairly quick. Mild lace.
The aroma had some vanilla, spicy woody barrel, dark chocolate nibs, dark fruits, light tobacco and a touch of red delicious apple.
The flavor yields to the sweetness of the prior mentioned aromas. Yet a stifled spicy barrel makes a great play to blend. Slight aftertaste of sweet tobacco, spicy woody barrel and vanilla.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Spicy woody barrel does impart some harshness but I didn't mind. Honestly, it felt good. Carbonation felt a bit under but this is a bottle from 2012.
Overall, an absolutely wonderful English Barleywine well worthy to age. I need more of this for my beer cellar.

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Photo of rarigney
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheGent
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of markjknowles
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

9.3 oz. bottle poured into a pFriem 12oz tulip glass. Hazy unfiltered apple cider like appearance whit only a brief fizz on top. More of an apple smell than I expected and also caramel. The taste of a liquid caramel apple, brown sugar,alcohol bite in the finish. As it warms, its qualities are magnified. Syrupy fizz on the tongue. This exceeded my expectations. Sweet, more apple than I expected. Still a great balance of flavors. The hops temper the malts, the alcohol heats things through. The carbonation offsets the sugar thickness. I want another!

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Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and shared with JLindros. 2013 vintage.

A -Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice slightly hazy dark brown with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Big aromas of calvados barrels, sweet apples, brown sugar, butterscotch, caramel sauce.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with excellent calvados barrel, lighter on the apple flavour. Nice very sweet caramel sauce. The finish is lingering bitter hops.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, alcohol hidden excellently.

O - Overall this was a rather surprising beer. Really nice barrel notes and a surprising amount of carbonation for JW Lees.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud, 2013
Light fizzy head not too much retention, no real legs, super hazy dark brown color

Nose big sweet candy malt and calvados like candy, apple cider like notes, apple skin, but a touch of oxidation in the background, brown sugar all over, butterscotch and caramel too, touch of biscuity toffee and brown malts

Taste super sweet, candy sugar, caramel, a little butterscotch, lots of everything sweet, but also lots of apple, apple skin, nice calvados barrel, just a touch of cardboard oxidation but barely, little bitterness in there, little biscuity toffee too, mild sticky sweet finish, little bitterness too, nagging bitterness is a little irking though

Mouth is heavier bod, bit syrupy, decent carb surprisingly, a touch of alcohol barely

Overall much better than i though, only a touch of oxidation, some carbonation too, nice calvados and good sweet flavors, bit over the top on sweetness but good when sipped, not much alcohol either

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Photo of StoutSnob40
3.02/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puck1225
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A treat beer that goes well with steak flatbread pizza! Had it from tap into a small snifter. Golden amber color with a beautiful head and lacing. Very herbal, earthy smell. Taste of toffee, caramel apples, vanilla, warm herbs and some booze. Liked it very much!

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Photo of midlifec
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bret717
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- pours a cloudy orangish brown w/thin ring of bubbly whit head; no lacing

Aroma- subdued leather, dark bread, apples and booze

Taste- starts out with sweet brown sugar and dark break, then leather and the Calvados come in, followed by a little bit of hop bitterness

Overall- Really nice blend of sweet malty flavors and apple brandy from the Calvados

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Photo of Jhfinn
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ppavlick
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2009 vintage at tasting. Dark-ish, kind of flat. Sweet malt, some of the apples coming through. Taste is sweet malt, apples, brown sugar. Warmth comes late. Pleasant and worth the wait.

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Photo of stratusjeans
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Opened 11/4/2017, drinking 2006 vintage. Given as a gift 4 months ago so I can't say how it's been cared for prior to that.

Pours a beautiful Amber color, no head. Smells like honey, tastes of honey, oak, Sherry, raisin. Definitely some oxidation on the finish but not nearly as much as you expect. I understand this beer is 11 years old, but the carbonation is completely gone. Feels like a cocktail, not a beer. Actually tastes like a cocktail too, not a beer.

I'm curious what this tastes like fresh. As is, it's not bad at all but too sweet for my tastes, at least to drink more than a cocktails worth.

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Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JayWhitson
4.99/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sweet apple brown sugar molasses booze malty insanity. Bottle dated 2014. I'm sure it would only get better with age but I have no patience. If you love English barleywine then these are some of the best available and totally worth the over a dollar per ounce price tag.

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Photo of mltobin
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jason_nwx
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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