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:
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Added by Dantes on 05-07-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,256
Reviews:
266
Ratings:
526
pDev:
12.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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33
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Ratings: 526 |  Reviews: 266
Photo of Tigerbrau
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maximum12
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +10.8%
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 +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LloydDobler
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +15.8%
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 -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jakemn91
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, little head or carbonation. Aroma features some dark toffee & sticky caramel (though not as rich as the standard version) along with a moderate oak tinge. That sweet malt from the standard version is cut down here by the barrel flavors. the apple brandy flavor is nice, but it subsumes the base flavor instead of complimenting it. Maybe needed to age it more, still a great beer but prefer the non barel aged

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Photo of GetTheYayo
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2009 version. Pours hazy, orange-brown in color, with heavy sediment and no head. Taste is dried stone fruit, toffee, wood, nut, and perhaps peanut butter. Tasty, different from the other JW Lees beers I have had. Not sure if I would get this one again. Perhaps I would try it with less aging, however this one is still good.

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Photo of BeerOps
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of skaboom420
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Klourie
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of adamdescott
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cultclassic89
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small sample at work.

A: Clearish, dark amber, minimal carb.

S: Medium to mild caramel, with some oak and hint of apple.

T: Similar to the nose, a bit more apple here with a faint hint of soy.

F: As expected, low carb here that supports the style.

O: Very solid barleywine. I definitely prefer the Harvest Ale fresh as I feel that soy quality comes out much more as it ages.

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Photo of rspauldi
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonathanAlires
2.32/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 526 ratings