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

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513 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,746
Reviews:
261
Ratings:
513
pDev:
12.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
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Ratings: 513 |  Reviews: 261
Photo of kvgomps
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sokol_1993
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it during a team happy hour at Churchkey, DC in a tulip glass. 2015 Vintage.
It's still an excellent beer, but I prefer its brother in the Sherry cask.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich caramel color with a minimal white head (a more prominent head than the other barrel version)
S: Smells like a caramel apple, pure and simple, wonderful
T: A wonderful salted caramel apple with a touch of dry tartness that is a touch unexpected and quite pleasant
M: Dry and surprisingly not all that sticky
O: Wonderful, honestly I would say more, but there's just not that much to explain, there are not that many elements (to me) combined here, but the ones that are present are here in just the right shade and meet at just the right angles, this is not a trip through a maze, it's a (very heavy) walk in the park (perhaps in autumn).

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Photo of cjgiant
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On cask:
A nice deep copper, maybe with a light rusty hue. Big bubbles join a thin ring of whitish (too thin to tell) head around the rim. Translucent body.

Nose is caramel and brown sugar with Brandy notes. I don't get apple specifically, but an apple crisp can be inferred from the nose.

A quite sweet opening shows an English BW base, but the attention is grabbed by the Brandy in short order. It adds a sugary note to the caramel base, bordering on being too sweet. A green wood flavor kinda saves the day, turning my tongue a little.

There is an alcohol twinge, but it feels muffled. Coming from the cask, this warmer beer flows nicely over the tongue, while the flavors are bold on the palate. I'd expect more stickiness to the feel with the sweetness, but it's not there for me, which is good.

Interesting, for sure. I think the flavors work as well together as can be expected, though they aren't the most normal flavors I am used to.

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

Photo of emerge077
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2006 vintage; drank 7/8/14 @ Deerfield Elementary.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Dark red rust hue; tons of cream flotsam.

Minimal off-white head; no lace.

Dark cherry & burnt sugar nose. Inviting!

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Dark cherry & burnt sugar are joined by toasted oak on the flavor; sweet cherry settles on the lips. 8 years in; perfection!

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Photo of Mambajahamba
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IpeeA
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbryan5
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Little to no head. Pitch black.
S- Peaty. With raisins and toffee.
T- More booze and dark fruits.
M- Full, slick and smooth.
D- Its a sipper but a very nice one that warms you up.

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Photo of Tigerbrau
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maximum12
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my lovely wife - who I haven’t seen in about thirty weeks, or that’s the message I’m getting from down below - who gives me awesome stuff like this for Christmas. 9.3 oz. bottle, 2006 vintage.

Looks like a ruby glinting in the overhead lights of my basement, with roughly the same amount of carbonation. As the lights, not the ruby. Smells like raisins, butterscotch, & caramel, which sound putrid. Probably is. Nice in the nose, though.

J.W. Lee’s Harvest Ale - Calvados Casks is richer than Donald Trump, & I hope, more popular. Rich, full malts of sweet caramel & unrefined sugar gooses my glucose level right in the prostate. Calvados - which I have never had the pleasure to partake in - is strong, tasty, brandy, & sticky. Mid-palate brings still alcohol, barrel staves, toffee, & flat Coca Cola. Flatness doesn’t hurt this beer for some reason; it’s thick, robust, & sticky (again). Shouldn’t come in sippee-cup size bottles. Wanna more.

The best of the four I’ve had, the Calvados is gorgeous. No apple, but the brandy really shines through. Excellent brew.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2011. So unique in flavor. Musky and peaty like a Scottish bog on a damp cold night. Such an interesting flavor. Highly enjoyed.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LloydDobler
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2006 vintage

Murky red/brown color with zero carbonation. Melted down, boozed up raisins. Very smooth. My first vintage, so I will have to try a newer bottle for a base of comparison.

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Photo of rawfish
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared 2008 bottle. Cask sample in 2017.
Clear body looks like whisky but with a good light tan head.
Very sweet up front but more moderate by the finish.
Sweet malty aroma with more complexity in the flavor. More boozy and not a good as the sherry version.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 2013.
Pours hazy dark rust brown. A fizzy khaki head forms and quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace whatsoever. The smell is of caramel, toffee, vanilla, dates and a hint of booze. The taste follows with sweet caramel, vanilla, raisins, dates, and faint smoky oak. Full, silky smooth texture. Almost too sweet... almost. Glorious.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, consumed 08/12/2016.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 513 ratings
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