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

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask)J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask)
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Barleywine - English
Ranked #48
Ranked #3,461
4.11 | pDev: 12.65%
J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
England, United Kingdom
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask)J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask)
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Reviews by Apellonious:
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 version, 9.3 fl oz. poured into a Wicked Weed tulip glass. Pours a dense, murky brownish red with no head and no lace present. This may be the first time I have drank a five year old beer. The smell is of apple, caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit/molasses/fig. Initially there was some heat, but that dissipated after the first couple wafts. The first sip brought on ash tray, leather, brown sugar, faint pear and apple. Maybe some cherry? Mild heat notes lurk as the sips continue, with less ash, and more fig. Everything becomes pretty balanced as the drink progresses. Odd that the longer the break is between sips, the more chance of the ash/leather aspect to return. The feel is heavy, the carbonation is low but present, and only a tinge of sticky. Overall, an impressive EB. Of the two I have had so far, I preferred the sherry cask, but this one is enjoyable in a different way.

Mar 23, 2017
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floridadrift from Florida

4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2006 POOF!

Almost tart, perfectly mellow with a back-end of alcohol. When I'm not skiing the Alps, I always try to let it warm. This reminded me of a candied apple; this beer was incredibly good, especially with time. One day, this will come in a bomber for $50 and we will all be pissed.

Mar 07, 2015
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Mar 12, 2018
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JayWhitson from Montana

4.99/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Oct 23, 2017
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Sparky44 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Mar 24, 2013
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Adavar from Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Apr 18, 2014
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GRG1313 from California

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Nov 12, 2013
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StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 09, 2016
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bpfrush from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Aug 07, 2014
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Seattle_Suds from Washington

3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 24, 2015
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KickbacksSteve from Florida

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Trappeze. Poured into a Southern Tier tulip. White head, oily slick lacing. Bright , golden/coppery body. Aroma is over ripe mango, vanilla and alcohol. Taste is suprisingly not hot, nice malt sweetness, mango, Swedish fish, and vanilla in the background. Very smooth to drink for the abv, no doubt the calvados has completely muted the alcohol from the taste completely. Awesome.

Oct 06, 2012
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DeutschesBier from Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Dec 13, 2011
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msscott1973 from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 18, 2017
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alpinebryant from Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a flat with non existent head hazy caramel brown. There was just a tiny hiss when opened, so small you would think it was never there in the first place. Chunky pour with bits strewn all throughout the bottle, not just the bottom.

Smell of sweet sherry like aromas with oak, peat and pale malts in high abundance.

Taste of ash, sherry, oak, raisins, plums , figs and caramel. Sweet sugars fight with the ash and charcoal characters. Apple cider not only in look but also in flavor , only with an added charcoaled cask aging. Oxidized IMO

Different and worth a try

Jan 25, 2011
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amalburg from Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.7%

May 03, 2014
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millertime416 from Iowa

3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 05, 2015
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psoriasaurus from England

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

May 20, 2014
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alpineclimber from Canada

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nhindian for this bottle.

Vintage 2009, a 275ml bottle poured into my favourite chalice. A wispy white head forms on an amber colored brew.

Smell is of apples and liqueur, fairly sweet and slightly woody from the cask.

Taste is fairly sweet, the calvados is fairly strong in the taste. This drinks more like a liqueur rather then a barleywine, the cask conditioning has put a great emphasis on this brew. The carbonation is very light and the mouthfeel is thick giving the beer a slightly syrupy quality again something you would expect from a liqueur.

This would be a great beer to be paired with a desert after an awesome meal.

Sep 01, 2011
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paulish from New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 14, 2017
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DucksFan16 from Alaska

4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, consumed 08/12/2016.

Aug 13, 2016
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage. This beer pours maple colored with a very small head. The aroma is full of dates, prunes, vanilla, baked apples, cardamom, maple syrup, and candied ginger. The The flavor leads with maple syrup and baked apple, with notes of vanilla, oak, and spices present as well. The mouthfeel is rich and lasting. Overall this is an outstanding contemplative beer.

Dec 25, 2015
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jpajpajeff from California

5/5  rDev +21.7%

Jan 22, 2012
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brittanylicious from Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 25, 2018
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flagmantho from Washington

3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 275mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2007 vintage.

Appearance: murky brown hue with light effervescence and very little head. Pretty normal for an English barleywine.

Smell: richly malty with a good raisin character and a general dank aspect which I really like.

Taste: raisin, date, tobacco and ash right up front; under this is sort of a bitter green flavor which complements the fruity sweetness and ashy astringence. Nicely complex; Lees does it again.

Mouthfeel: quite thin with little carbonation; there's not much going on here. You really get this beer for the flavor, not the texture.

Overall: tasty, if lacking in some other departments. This beer doesn't hold a candle to the 2008 port cask version, however.

Nov 24, 2013
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Masters from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 09, 2015
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 555 ratings