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

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Added by Dantes on 05-07-2004

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Ratings:
435
Reviews:
227
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
13.46%
 
 
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Photo of rawfish
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of archero
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dag1991
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jzeilinger
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours an orange amber brown color, nice clarity, micro-thin lacing, no carbonation.

S - Roasted toffee, light molasses, raisins, figs, roasted brown sugar, port cognac. Aroma is thick, boozy, and sweet.

T - Sweet port cognac, raisins, brown sugar, light molasses, figs, dates, roasted toffee and caramel, and the alcohol is fairly well hidden with minor warming on the way down.

M - Thick, silky, sticky, full bodied.

O - Drinks like an after dinner cognac and the best of the series of their cask aged bottles. (IMO)

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Photo of GetTheYayo
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of newbeeraday
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage. Pours hazy, orange-brown in color with minimal head. Taste is deep caramel, toffee, raisin, port, and alcohol. Sweet and sticky. Really tasty barleywine. My first JW Lees, but I see myself getting several more in the future.

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Photo of adamdescott
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drone
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbc5
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Klourie
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vonerichs
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Murky reddish brown with no head, but does have active carbonation. Lots of floaters.

Really pleasant aroma and deep flavor so that showcases the port. Raisins, grape, brown sugar. Add caramel and cane sugar. Light apricot.

I'm not one to throw out fives for nothing, but I can't think of a beer with a better body. It's so smooth and creamy, almost like a liquor with light carbonation. Sweet and dry.

A damn fine beer that I enjoyed as a sipper.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Pouring a dark, murky red with a head that starts decent and quickly fizzles, this beer has the classic scent of a barleywine - a bit sweet with nice bready malt, hints of raisins, and a lot of booze. Not unlike the Bourbon County Stout I had earlier today, though without the richness of the stout/chocolate/coffee profile.

The port comes through nicely in the flavor. It's balanced and smooth, with more grape and raison flavors and that sweet red wine fruitiness, but not at all overpowering or tannic. The finish is a hint dry and very lingering, and is almost the only thing that reminds you that you're drinking a beer and not a "port spritzer." Those casks really did their share of the work here!

Overall, this is really delicious, especially for a port drinker. It's strong, but remarkably smooth. It's sweet but not cloying or harsh, and not too sticky or thick. It's a beer that, for what it is, is made almost perfectly. A bit more carbonation might have been nice, but in the interest of authenticity of being barrel-aged, I suppose there's the tradeoff.

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Photo of M1A2
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of T_Hass
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tbryan5
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My second favorite of the Barrel Aged variants next to the Laguvalin Whiskey Cask. The port added a pleasant sweetness and a slight dryness in mouthfeel to this big beer in a little bottle. Pretty nice.

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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
4.16 out of 5 based on 435 ratings.
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