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)
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
Ratings:
433
Reviews:
226
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
13.46%
 
 
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1/5  rDev -76%

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Photo of AlexP88
1.53/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

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1.75/5  rDev -57.9%

Photo of Boilerfood
1.75/5  rDev -57.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of laituegonflable
2.51/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a burnished amber colour with unfortunate yeast floaties at the bottom. Head is off-white, kind of a swirl on the top more than anything else. Lace is disappointing. Yeah, a bit odd-looking.

Smells pungent and a bit weird. Leathery, with some strong molasses and an odd, nostril chewing menthol hint on the top. Quite boozey and yeah, a little bit chemical. Not a big fan.

Taste is also fairly bizarre. Sticky sweetness upfront with huge caramel malt that develops some really insane flavours - dirt, wet dog and sweaty gym towel among them. Nuts and honey and oats on there as well. It's... look, it's an experience. But it's way too off-the-wall for me and just too sweet. Definitely needs more balance in there.

Sticky, thick and leaves thick and gooey. Decent for the style.

Not my cup of beer. Way sweet, heavy and just some distinctly bizarre characters that I find a bit too much to handle. I can see someone else really enjoying this beer, but it's not for me.

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2.7/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

9.3 oz bottle poured into a Tired Hands wine glass. Brewed in 2008 per the label. Lots of chunky sediment at the bottom of the glass.

A: Pours a thin head fizzy head with some bubbles and a ring. Body is a copper/amber brown with lots suspended sediment.

S: Sweet wine, savory sweet malts which brings to mind sticky honey and lots of dried fruits. Think old raisins and honey.

T: So hard to drink. There’s an almost overwhelming taste of cooked vegetables. There is some cloyingly sweet honey in the background but it’s largely overtaken by the gross vegetables.

Mf: Almost no carbonation, slick and smooth. Sticky sweet. Warming.

O: This is the third time I’ve had JW Lees and it’s always the same issue, overwhelming nasty vegetables in the taste. As it warmed it began to smell better, like a liqueur, but the taste was horrendous. Not finishing. Purchase these little bottles at your own risk.

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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of Rastacouere
2.79/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light orange color, no head. Strong red wine emanations capture the nostrils. Fruit syrup (apricot, pears) make up for a powerful liquor flavour. Extremely sweet palate, like apricot juice over an oxidized grape liquor. Syrupy medium body contributes to the cloying aspects.

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2.92/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2008 vintage. Drain pour. don't know if it was a bad bottle or just something I didn't like. I am a port wine drinker too.

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2.94/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On cask at Pizza Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Served in a snifter.

Pours an insanely cloudy light turdish color. This seriously looked like dirty dishwater. It was really disgusting looking. After I got past that, it was decent, but not all that good. The nose had some nice port notes along with plenty of oak and a bit of oxidation. The flavor was more port and some sweetness with a bit too much oxidation, leading to a bit of cardboard. Medium body and close to flat. Sweetness and a bit of cardboard dryness. Really disgusting to look at, and an okay beer after that.

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3.11/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 9.3 oz bottle into a pint glass,served at cellar temp.

Clementine Orange, no head or lacing. Beer originally had prodigious sediment which I used a cloth to strain out.

Aroma of of mellow alcohol, plums, burnt toast, walnuts.

mouthfeel: soft and syrupy

taste: port wine, burnt toast, walnuts.

Notes: Interesting but hard to say alot else. Tons of sediment, which I strained out. This is the 1st of 4 of these cask aged JWL Harvests.

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3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Paid $6.99 for a 9+ oz. bottle.

Ruby-brown color. Smell isn't as strong as I expected, slightly grapy. Taste is had to describe. Very sweet, sticky, syrupy & sugary. Still a beer, but just barely. More like a liqueur. An interesting experience nonetheless. I'll not try it again though.

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3.19/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

275 ml bottle poured into pint glass.

2007 Vintage.

A: Not sure, couldn't really see the beer through all the yeast that never quite settled down. Pours golden brown with almost no head at all. No lacing whatsoever.

S: Smells like grapes, huge wine character to this one as expected. Sweet malts as well. Probably the best thing about this beer.

T: Tastes of sweet raisins, but overall pretty subtle and unimpressive. Slight hint of hops in the aftertaste. Not a huge flavor overall.

M/D: Decent mouthfeel, a bit syrupy. Had a hard time finishing this one, way too much yeast and sediment for my liking.

At almost $1/ounce I'll likely be avoiding this one and most other JW Lees, that is unless the price drops. Not nearly as impressive as I had anticipated.

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