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)
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Dantes on 05-07-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
499
Reviews:
256
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
12.75%
 
 
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31
Gots:
91
For Trade:
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2.25/5  rDev -44.9%

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2.32/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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2.47/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Number 700 beer and I choose to drink a JW Lees Harvest 2006. poured into a Delirium Tremes Glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A very hard pour produce a half finger head that has poor retention. The head is ivory in color with some foam. The color of the beer is a deep mahogany color with rusty hues. The clarity of the beer is opaque. A great color to the beer poor retention.

Nose: A very rich malty complex with caramel aromas. There is a slight fruity esters with yeast treacle molasses, and toffee notes. Not much else in the way of aroma.

Taste: A very rich malty complex overtly sweet, caramel, apples, yeast, treacle, molasses and toffee notes. The beer is one dimension.

The mouth feel of the beer is flat, and sweet.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium with a medium finish. This is exactly opposite of what I thought that this beer would be. From a stand point of a BA, this beer lacks so much finesse and carbonation that is makes it worthless to drink. Not a very good showing.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

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2.59/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 9.3 oz bottle into a pint glass,served near room temp.

Bronze Orange, no head, I decanted bottle slowly, leaving maybe 2 oz in the bottle along with alot of sediment which may have reduced head somewhat.

Aroma: A much fainter bouquet than the Port or Sherry versions. I pick up the nuts and toast but obviously no wine. I detect no apple aroma.

mouthfeel: soft and syrupy

taste: Sweet with a warming alcohol vibe. Toasted hazelnuts, burnt toast, woodiness.

Notes: 3 down, 1 to go. These JWL Cask Aged Barleywines are not working for me.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

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2.85/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Finally decided to pull a 2005 vintage from the cellar, and apparently I had waited too long. Good cap seal, but almost no carbonation. A substantial bit of brown sediment decanted even with a careful pour. Very sweet, with caramel and red delicious apple notes. Once the initial sweetness passed, there really seemed nothing of note backing it up, other than a touch of alcohol harshness. Perhaps a more fresh sample would be a better representation, but I can only judge the merit of the beer by what is in my glass at the moment.

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2.85/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2006 bottle drank Jan of '14. Pour is an extremely murky dark rusted brown with virtually no head. Nose has light hints of oxidation with just a touch if the cask. Very rich malt complexity, brown sugar and a hint of soy with some chocolate malt notes. Taste is more oxidized, a fair bit of cardboard and wet paper. Malt is rich and a bit sweet, some residual sugars. Chocolate and brown sugar mix with notes of the sweet cask. Full bodied and chewy with moderate carbonation and a hint granule.

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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
4.08 out of 5 based on 499 ratings.
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