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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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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:
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Added by Dantes on 05-07-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,770
Reviews:
261
Ratings:
513
pDev:
12.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
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Ratings: 513 |  Reviews: 261
Photo of jakemn91
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
3.42/5  rDev -16%
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 +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of skaboom420
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of cultclassic89
4.15/5  rDev +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 -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonathanAlires
2.32/5  rDev -43%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of CoreyC
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage
A - Beautiful golden/orange/amber color with a nice head that dissipates quickly
A - Sweet fruity aroma
T - Sweet, as smooth as it gets, with a sweet fruit taste, dried fruits and fresh fruit mix (grape)
M - Nice, smooth
O - Very unique taste and aroma - very good

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Photo of Pencible
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 2012, sampled Dec 2015

A: This poured a cloudy gold with almost no head.
S: It smelled like sherry and raisins, with some golden apples and honey.
T: It tasted like sweet golden raisins and green apples, with some peppers and honey and sherry. It had a clean sweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with almost no carbonation. Thin body.
D: This was another solid brew from JW Lees. The scent and taste weren't as complex as I hoped, but still rich and enjoyable. The body was a little thin, but the finish was smooth so it was easy to drink. No need to age further.

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Photo of ldhughes3
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2010 vintage. Pours a buby reddish-brown with floaties. The barrel is very prevalent in the aroma, with some cherry and other dark fruit underneath. Very complex taste with notes of brandy, bark, leather, and various fruits. Definitely a sipper, and surprisingly strong after 5 years.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewmanCapote
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jtrigonis
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

2010 Vintage

9.3oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear deep ruby-amber with a small foamy off-white head that disappears quickly, leaving nothing behind

S- strong aromas of sandalwood and leather open it up, quickly followed by notes of dried prune & fig, red apple skin, earthy wood, caramel/brown sugar, oak tannins, red cherry & peat moss. Very complex

T- initially sweet with notes of brown sugar & caramel, followed by cherry, raisin, fig & red apple. Earthy/herbal notes kick in mid-palate, with some port-like notes. The finish brings a strange bitterness that resembles strong oak, wet cardboard & walnut

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a flat but viscous mouthfeel and finish

O- aroma was great, as was the initial taste. But the weird finish kept this from being great. Five years in the bottle, it seems quite oxidized already

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Photo of ljc973
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drpimento
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The barley wine side of this is superior. However the calvados component is muted. Still overall a very tasty brew.

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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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