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

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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask)J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask)
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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask)J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask)
BEER INFO

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

Style: British 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:
#3,394
Reviews:
235
Ratings:
452
pDev:
13.29%
 
 
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59
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92
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Photo of stephenlee
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crobinso
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheGent
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Quite possibly one of the most delicious and exceptional ales that I have ever tasted . I had read about JW LEES on here and when it showed up at a specialty store near me I bit the bullet and bought one of each style .
2014 release that sat in my cellar for about 6 months .
I had zero daily fridge beers left and late one night as I felt a cold coming on I said well gotta crack one of these .
Poured at cellar temp in small pours into a small snifter .
Wish I could post pics as it is a gorgeous rose color with some carbonation and barely any head .
The taste was so equisite that I sipped and enjoyed it as long as possible .

Tough to spend $9.99 plus tax for 11.2 Oz , but what an exceptional treat .
Highly recommended as it is something special for sure :)

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Photo of stratusjeans
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I drank a 2003, so 15 years old. It was pretty flat but expected at that age. It smelled and tasted a bit stale, again, not unexpected. But the port flavor was too mild. Ultimately probably a good beer but not with this much age.

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Photo of dcotom
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is quite possibly the perfect barleywine. Vintage 2015. Poured cold from a 275-ml bottle into a tulip glass and allowed to come to cellar temperature. Clear, burnt-orange color, with a thin and slightly off-white head that recedes to a thin ring without leaving any lacing. This gives it the appearance of a cordial in the glass, quite pretty. Aromas and flavors of toffee, butterscotch, prune, raisin, tart cherry, and a little molasses and dark bread, with lingering flavors of port wine and just a touch of cask astringence and oxidation. Pleasant alcohol warmth, with the lingering sweet finish you might get if you just ate a piece of toffee. There isn't much carbonation, so I wasn't at all hesitant about recapping this to save a pour for another day. Sipping this is like sipping on a fine cordial. It would make the perfect accompaniment to a nice wood fire on a crisp fall evening. This is a little expensive, but the finer things in life usually are. Well worth seeking out and well worth the occasional splurge.

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Photo of rudzud
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle. 2011 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear brown with a thin white head that fades to leave light wisps and nice legs.

S - Aromas of sweet caramel, generic fruit, little cardboard. Super lackluster.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with sweet caramel, generic fruits, light grapes. Decent amount of cardboard and oxidation.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, finish is a little slick.

O - Overall this was a more like the JW Lee's I remember. Oxidized and rather flat on the taste.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage, shared with rudzud
Light fizzy head fades fairly quickly, nice legs, semi clear iced tea tan brownish color

Nose a bit of oxidation, plenty of sweet candy malts, mild sweet grape wine port notes, little toffee and caramel, sweet fruity

Taste big sweet malts, brown sugar, toffee, little stale malt taste with mild oxidation in the middle, little sweet fruity port wine but much, little bitterness, touch of candy syrup, little sticky finish bit of warming alcohol

Mouth is med bod, alcohol hidden well, a bit of carbonation

Overall not nearly as good as the calvados, port is way too light, this has some oxidation too

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Photo of Muss42
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lazhal
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Darker golden brown color, just the whisper of lacing, no carbonation. Aroma is delectable & sweet (in a good way) - raisin rum cake, sticky toffee puddy, caramel, classic English barleywine goodness, and the port is a great compliment, that muscat grape smell adds a nice fruity bounce to the heavier smells.

Drinking this is almost like eating grape jam straight from the jar, or some kind of fruit cake, but a good one not the kid you get as a bad Christmas present. The port flavor melds wonderfully with those robust barleywine desert flavors - you get sugar plum & treacle and all kinds of sweet goodness. Ends with just a kiss of alcohol burn from the port. I could totally see this being too sweet for some, and I probably couldn't do more than a glass at once, but it still tastes fantastic.

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Photo of heddar33
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BAsbill
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puck1225
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very rich tasting beer. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Cloudy dark amber with little head but some light lacing. Brewed in 2012. Sweet smell of port wine. Taste of port, caramel, pears and apples. It is just a bit boozey, reminds you of a liquor. Pleasant after a long week!

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Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the Green Leafe in Williamsburg VA.

Look is an orange amber with no head.

Aroma is a strong malty beer with a definite port aroma.

Taste is straight aroma.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mcrawford
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

probably my favorite of the several harvest cask editions i have had, the port is very strong in this, and its a great fit with the base beer, which i think never quite gets enough credit. this is the 2013 vintage, generously shared by claystation with me. the port has put just a little blush color in this beer, its pretty to look at, and more lively on the head than i remember others in the series being. aroma is strongly woody and mature, with only a little bit of the oxidation i like in these old english barleywines. the malt is sweet and strong in the smell, brown sugar and maple even, with a timeless english yeast strain in behind it. the port is strong as well, lots of oak, dried berries, and tannins that seem to lighten this a little bit. hints of cherry and blackberry on the first sip and a little vanilla, the wood and the port wine have done a lot to this. its bold, but its real compatible with the heavy english grain complexion and the warming alcohol, and this feels very holiday to me, snowy christmas eve sort of beer. more body than i remember the others having too, feels richer. great stuff, thanks for sharing! more port barrel barleywines please!!!

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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 452 ratings