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

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask)J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask)
435 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Dantes on 05-07-2004

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The only beer I've considered giving straight fives.

2003 vintage from The Farmhouse in Emmaus (brought this home after a Shangy's run)

pours an amazing rich amber that could be mistaken for bourbon or Grand Marnier

aromas of toffee, sweet leaf tobacco, overripe orange peel and brown sugars.

Flavors are deep, rich, full bodied and well married. caramel, toffee, orange, (candied yam sauce?)

WOW - just perfect. Thomas Hardy was always my favorite, and J.W.
is just so much smoother and more palatable.

finish is smooth without an alcohol burn (even at 11.5%)

Truly a masterpiece.


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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of scottyshades
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2005 Vintage

A: Pours a semi-opaque toffee/mahogany color with a tiny white cap. Much lighter than I expected. Floaties in the snifter

S: Heavy and rich port wine right off the bat. Plums, cherry, white grape juice, toffee, caramel, leather. Overall very dark fruity and sweet. Unfathomably complex. Impossible to summarize.

T: "Wow" was the first thing that I said. Much richer and sweeter than expected. The beer obviously soaked up that port in the casks. Toffee, butter, honey, tons of candy caramel. To sum it up: port wine, sweetness, delicious

MF/O: Thick, velvety, flat carbonation. Plummy/port wine finish. A masterpiece.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of RochefortChris
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at a barleywine tasting event. It was late in the night so specifics on this beer are a bit fuzzy but I do remember it was a world class example of an English barleywine.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2005 edition:

Dark, orange color. Sort of a depth to it. Gradients of orange swirl among the glass. Not much more than a thin ring for a head, tons of yeast floating around. Gorgeous and inviting.

Immediately smell grapes and plums. Raisins and alcohol come to the front very quickly though. This has a very fruity aroma with a little bit of cherries, oranges, bananas, prunes, figs, pears and apricots. There can also be a strong wood presence described. It's almost like oak, pine and cedar combined. The scent is interesting to say the least, but it just happens to impress me a lot.

The flavor is hard to elaborate on. There's a lot of the same going on with the tongue as there was with the nose. Cherries, plums, apricots, bananas, oak, hops, pine, grapes, lemons, butterscotch and dates. Very sweet, but also kind of sour and tangy. There's not much bitterness going on. The noticeable hops don't really bite at all, they just kind of wipe the palette for new flavors. The tinge of alcohol serves this purpose well also.

This beer feels wonderful in your mouth, very creamy and thick with a little bit of carbonation. It also leaves you with a great warming feel. Amazing taste and the slight dryness to it all keep you going back for more and more. The alcohol doesn't hit nearly as much as the sherry cask Harvest did. Even with this being an obvious "special occasion" beer, I would drink this quite often if it were affordable and available.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Beastcpa
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very tasty brew that gets better with age

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jim102864
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has become a favorite after discovering it while on business in Milwaukee. It's pricey; it's a small bottle but it's worth every penny. Poured into my Allagash tulip glass, I found lots of floating yeast but it was clearly my bad as I likely was too aggressive, but frankly, who gives a shit with this beauty? A thin pond head but very suprising how much yeast came out of this tiny bottle. The nose was awash with abundent dark, delicious fruitiness; prunes, blackberries, currants; and licorice. The taste was earthy and of course, yeasty, yet sweet like a Dutch chick's.... Mouthfeel was full with cherry sweetness. Viscous and satisfying. Very drinkable but too many rupies to enjoy as a session brew. But what the f, pony up the bucks and have a party. Highly recommended. Never a dissppointment.

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