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)

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Dantes on 05-07-2004

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Ratings: 440 |  Reviews: 229
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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Photo of bshefftz
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrfrancis
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of boogerisu
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zonker17
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. Brown with a copper tinge, no head, still. Port dominates the nose. Taste is big raisin, port, sugars, wood, a little bitter. Delivers exactly what I hoped for. Heavy body.

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Photo of FBarber
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy orange color - hazy but not opaque. Almost no head when poured, just some fizzy soda like carbonation. Unremarkable in appearance.

Smell has strong notes of port - raisins, dark fruits, grapes, strong wine, and brown sugar.

Taste follows the nose with a strong port presence along with notes of dark fruits, raisins, brown sugar, port wine, oak, brown sugar. Vanilla and toffee on the back end. Strong alcohol burn/flavor on the back end as well. Overall its pretty sweet with the combination of the beer and the port.

Feel is thick and syrupy. Mild to medium carbonation. Strong alcohol burn on the back end with a surprisingly (for how sweet it is) dry finish.

Overall this is a lovely sipper. Not my favorite of the J.W. Lees harvest ale lineup, but its wonderfully crafted nonetheless.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very winey and raisoney with a strong booziness. It's a very typical English barleywine hidden behind a strong barrel character. I'll buy the regular if I find it but this is over priced.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber pour with a very minimal off-white head. Strong boozy aroma. Taste is very port like and sweet with flavors of brown sugar, molasses and caramel dominating. Apricot and raisin flavors also stand out. Can feel a bit of burn in the back end. Full bodied and slightly sticky mouthfeel with a touch of beery carbonation.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.27/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 vintage

A: pours a muddy, lighter cola brown with a lot of sediment and a quickly dissipating, thin line of bubbles around the edge, no head to speak of
S: raisin and dark fruit immediately, some of the characteristic butterscotch and toffee are here as well, but quite understated, the port is not heavy, but is present, there is a touch of booziness here as well, the tannic pinch of port is not really here (if it is it gets married and buried with the other notes
T: the port definitely adds some raisin and wine notes which sits on top of the sweetness quite well, however I am kind of surprised that the combined sweetnesses of these two drinks is not more apparent, there is some pruney flavor here as well and dare I say it, some suggestion of green pepper (and pickle) that is not all that pleasing
M: not quite dry, but not overly sticky either
O: honestly, I did not think that the port barrel did this beer any favors, the Lagavulin version was a revelation, but this I could have done without having, it's not awful, but it sacrifices some of the best flavors it has to offer at the expense of some that are not a very good fit, I know I'm going against the grain on this one, but I'm just calling it like I see it. My advice, buy the Lagavulin version instead, not only is it far superior, but it's incredible outright, pass on this one.

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Photo of OnePuttBlunder
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of keithmurray
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage

Appearance - orange/crimson body with tan head

Smell - toffee, grape, fig, brown sugar, honey

Taste - toffee, brown sugar, honey, grape, port, fig, raisin

Mouthfeel - full bodied, low level of carbonation, honey sweetness upfront, fruits in the middle, slight booziness on the back side. Flavors linger for a great while.

Overall - nice beer here that serves well as an after dinner drink. Recommended. Pricy, but I dont feel like I wasted my money.

Price Point -$9.99/9.3 oz bottle

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Photo of AngusOg
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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