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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4.14/5
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442 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,040
Reviews:
230
Ratings:
442
pDev:
13.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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59
Gots:
90
Trade:
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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

Photo of madelf66
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DucksFan16
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

09/31/2016

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Photo of PugsandBeer
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Furlinator
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage.
Pours hazy dark amber. A fizzy khaki head forms and quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace. The smell is a boozy mix of plum, raisins, pipe tobacco, cherries, oak and burnt sugar. The taste is of brown sugar, vanilla, plums, figs, cherries and port. Full texture, sweet and sticky. Like a booze soaked fruit cake. Awesome.

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Photo of rawfish
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of dag1991
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jzeilinger
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of newbeeraday
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

If you don't like sweet, don't drink this.
However if you think hops can make sweet better, then you are correct !
Lees has made a very sweet beer and proves that hops, expertly used, can make a great ale.

Against its peers in this style, this Port ale Looks average. But it Smells like Port and with all its barrel-induced subtleties tell me this bottle wants to be a champ in this small world of sweet beers. My bottle of Port has all sorts of dark, dried, sweet fruits... and not a clue that the Taste will find a balance within brewing's overly-stimulated universe (at least here in America.) But Taste does find balance and it carries through to the finish line.

Since I decided I would never be able to understand how or how this balance happens, I gave in and had a nice piece of cheddar. If this match was not made in Heaven, then it will be there soon.
Have this Ale. It is not easy to get closer to God, but Port certainly is way past Good.

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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 -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drone
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbc5
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 442 ratings