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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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

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Photo of Janderson91
3.39/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2005 vintage. Poured the 9.3 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A- Murky amber color. Absolutely no head whatsoever. All kinds of yeast floating around.

S - Smell is the highlight for me. Very sweet with some dark fruits, very little hop presence at all. The port has made its presence known.

T - In the taste, the port cask is extremely evident. Very very sweet with some fruity, grapelike taste. A lot of alcohol present. No hops.

M - Very thick with no carbonation.

D - Sweetness and thickness make this beer a sipper.

A pretty good beer but it's just too expensive for me to revisit again.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage from 275 ml bottle into my Great Lakes Snifter. This is right around four years old.

A: Pours an opaque copper color with a thin white head. Lots of yeast particles floating around. So much so that I had to wait several minutes before taking a sip in order to let them settle.

S: The port really shines through - dark grapes drenched in alcohol with a nice warm butteriness that I associate with dark red wines. Notes of dark fruit and sweet malt lie underneath the port aromas, reminding me that this is a beer I'm drinking.

T: The maltiness comes out much more in the taste than the aroma, but the port still plays a prominent role. Notes of fresh bread and grain come through right up front. Notes of port and oak come through in the mid palate and last for the rest of the sip. Dark fruits (plums and grapes) soaked in alcohol, similar to the nose. Just a touch of earthy bitterness comes through in the finish.

M: Full bodied, boarding on syrupy, with almost zero carbonation. Surprisingly hot as well for almost four years in the bottle.

D: Very, very good, but only in small doses. The 275 ml bottle is definitely the right size for this brew. Too bad they're so expensive. Even at almost four years out, I think this one still hadn't reached its peak yet either.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle drank from my la fin du monde tulip. this is the youngest is have ever tried vintage harvest ale, barrel aged or not.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a very murky amber colored body with tons of floaters in it. i wasnt expecting that. there is a minuscule off white head on top that quickly becomes no more than a crown. little to no lacing gets left behind.

S- the first thing i notice about the nose is sweet brown sugar. the fruits i typically expect from an english barleywine seem very subdued here. lots of caramel also. the port sneaks through softly, as does the barrel (notes of vanilla). the alcohol isnt as strong as i would expect from this fresh 11.5% beer.

T- the taste starts off with sweet brown sugar and caramel malts. lots of honey and raisin also. man, this is sweet. the tiny bit of port i pick up adds to the sweetness. there is a little evidence of the barrel in this one (vanilla). the alcohol is pretty well hidden for something this hefty.

M- sticky and syrupy. this is a pretty thick beer. palate coating. moderate warming from the alcohol.

D- this was alot better than i was expecting. the base beer is amazing, but the last one of these i had was more than 4 times older. port barrels were a great choice to age these in. id try it again anytime. too strong to session. check it out.

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Photo of electrobunny
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Five Years old at time of tasting.

A - Pours a murky amber/tawny color with a thin white lace.

S - Chalky yeast in the nose along with a sweet confectionery sugar note, port (which has more of a spiced rum quality IMO) and honey. Port smells sweeter and more peppery compared to the whiskey treatment of the same year.

T - Very sweet and mild. Caramel and maple syrup up front with honey and some earth. Some alcohol esters on the end give it a cherry vibe and are accompanied by some nutty yeast notes. Has the same smoked maple ham note I got out of the whiskey version but feels more subtle.

M - Thin and syrupy mouthfeel with a pinch of heat on the end. Light bodied with no carbonation.

D - At times I couldn't tell the difference between this and the whiskey version in a side-by-side. Very sweet with lots of maple and smoked deli meat notes. Has an added spicy quality (albeit subtle) with similar wood flavors but that's about it. Pulled some oak and vanilla as it warmed but overall its too sweet for me. Alcohol is almost invisible which is dangerous.

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Photo of sprucetip
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage, from notes.

Active, hazy amber/orange in color. No head, really, just some film and a little foam on the edge. Looks inviting, but I'm biased by its reputation.

Sour vinegar scents come first. Apple cider vinegar, more precisely. Malty sweetness and fruity notes emerge later. ...Vinegar dissipates much later... Boozy and fruity come on strong late.

Malty sweet, prunes, raisins, with mild bitterness balancing. Hop flavor adds to the fruity character (I think). Very sweet, pushing cloying, but very tasty and smooth.

Smooth, rich, and full. Not overcarbonated, and no alcoholic bite. Finishes clean.

Super sweet sipper, but very complex and balanced. A special treat if you are in the right mood.

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Photo of eatabagofbooger
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007. Poured from a 275ml bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Very odd color. Clear copper with red hues. Very small head which dissipates quickly. I can see a small bit of lacing whenever I tip the glass to my lips, but it's gone by the time I put my glass down.

S: The port is dominant on the nose. Very fruity, with heavy emphasis on the grapes. Some typical aged barleywine flavors are layered underneath, but only reveal themselves at second whiff (bready malts, caramel, toffee, brown sugar). Well layered and very pleasant.

T: The same flavors as the nose, but inverted; the beer flavors play a dominant role while the port flavors take a back seat. The doughy, bready flavors are particularly pronounced. There is an odd, but not unpleasant, peppery spice near the finish. Surprisingly, there is almost no aftertaste; this beer goes down clean despite the viscosity and the cloying sweetness.

M: Exactly what I expect from a beer like this: very thick and syrupy with almost no carbonation (just barely enough to be noticeable).

D: This is a solid beer, but I like the regular version better. Alcohol is very well hidden, but the thickness and the cloying sweetness make this a sipper and a perfect beer for the 275ml format; I don't think my palate could handle any more.

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Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy amber in color and lots of yeast particles are visible floating in suspension. It poured with a thin layer of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are aromas of brown sugar, figs and raisins in the nose along with some notes of port.
T: The taste generally follows the smell, but flavors of port are stronger, but not overpowering. The finish is rather sweet and fruity with some hints of oak and bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: This is a good beer to sip with dessert; there's no way that I could have more than one of these at a time due to the alcohol content and amount of sweetness.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks be to Dim for this 2008 vintage.

A: Murky with yeast floaters. No lacing, light carbonation.

S: Toffee, dark fruit, brown sugar. Pretty sweet smelling.

T: Very sweet with toffee, grape, raisins...a little apple. A very minerally, peaty aftertaste. Love it.

M: Thick, smooth

D: The 11.50% ABV is extremely well hidden, but the sweet, thickness keeps this a sipper.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2006 vintage.

A: Before I pour the slug, it's a clear, dark amber that tends toward maroon. After I pour in the yeast (it's good for you!), it turns into a murky maroon body. Carbonation is low at best; it comes out of solution momentarily, never materializes into a cap, and has no collar or lace.

S: Less port-rich than I had expected. It smells remarkably like the base beer, with caramel, toffee, chocolate, figs, dates, and nuts. The port materializes in a subdued fashion. Soft oak that doesn't impart many harsh tannins.

T: Like the nose, the port accentuates the flavor but doesn't obliterate it. The base beer shines through; traditional English barleywine flavors of caramel and toffee are present, as is a touch of chocolate. Dark fruits are present in figs, dates and raisins, though the latter is probably just a contribution of the port flavors. Nuts and a small flavor of oak and vanilla, with an exhalation of maple. The lack of strong oxidation is a bit disappointing. Typically, aged JW Lees oxidizes in a beautiful sherry fashion, and here that's either not fully developed, or it's hidden by the cask aging.

M: The finish is sweet and port-like. The beer in general is on the sweet, but not cloying, side. Again, I feel that oxidation really enhances this beer; it gives it the impression of dryness, and it adds much more complexity to the flavor.

D: If I had to choose between a relatively young cask-aged version of this beer and an older version of the base beer, I'd go with the latter, every time. This is nice, but it's not in the same league. I've also had a 2005 Port vintage, and it failed to develop the same oxidation that makes the base beer so sublime. Good stuff, but not the best of the style. Probably on the level of Gratitude.

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Photo of ratedz
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage

Pours a dark amber with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

The first thing I notice on the nose is a sweet toffee-like smell. This is followed by the smell of grapes, oak, and some other dark fruits.

Taste is heavy on the dark fruits and port grapes. Some oak, a lot of sweetness, and a hint of alcohol on the finish.

The mouth feel is thick and creamy. Fairly drinkable given the high ABV. A great sipping beer on a cool fall evening.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Port Cask Vintage. Pours a one finger cream head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy amber/brown color. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Sweet dark fruit nose. Flavor is sweet raisins and port. Not overly sweet like some of the other harvest ales. The high ABV is almost hidden. Pricey at $9.60 for a 275ml bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of champ103
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 2008 bottle.

A: Pours a hazy amber/orange color. Lots of yeast floaters that are suspended. At first a two finger white head forms with good retention considering the alcohol and age, and the lace has some legs.
S: Toasted malt, and sweet toffee up front. Some chocolate and vanilla. All fine, but at first the aroma was very reserved. though this opens up almost immediately once this warms up. Grapes and apple cider aromas explode on the nose. Dry wood as well. Just awesome.
T: Again, very reserved before this warmed up. Though once it got to room temp, the flavor is huge. A great toasted malt, toffee, and vanilla flavor. Tons of fruity flavor that are going on. Grapes, apples, chocolate covered raisins. The dry oaky/wood flavor was to much at first, but once the other flavors came out everything melded perfectly.
M/D: A medium to full body. Low on the carbonation, but not under carbonated at all. Velvety smooth and decadent. Easy to drink for the high alcohol. A great sipping beer.

Just a wonderful beer with tons of nuance and complexities. I am glad I waited for this to warm, because my review would have been completely different at a cooler temp. I still like the original version better, but this is a very close second. Highly recommended.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2006 vintage, 9.3oz bottle at Delaney's into a nonic half-pint.

A: Muddy orange body with some sediment and a fleeting hint of white foam. Pretty much as flat and boring-looking as I'd expect from a vintage English Barleywine.

S: Whoa, mama. Tons of ultra-rich, ultra-sweet toffee malt, port grapes, chocolate, raisins, vanilla, and European oak. So rich, so sweet, so amazing.

T: Follows the nose in all its intensely sweet complexity - incredibly, there's practically no discernible alcohol. The port influence just makes the malt sweetness all the more pronounced, and that's a good thing.

M: Thick, viscous body with very low (but present) carbonation. Not bad at all.

D: 9.3oz is the perfect size, and the sweetness is just crazy enough for the style while the booze is incredibly understated. While I couldn't drink more than a couple bottles at a sitting, I can hardly imagine a beer that does a better job combining such high strength and such ridiculous sweetness in such a drinkable package.

Notes: I had this alongside the Lagavulin version from the same year, and both were incredible. While I personally preferred the balance brought by the other beer's dry, smoky, peaty characteristics, I couldn't get over how well this one integrated its base beer with the notes from the barrel. Truly a delectable beverage, and one that I hope to have again.

Cheers!

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Photo of animal69
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewed on 8-13-10 (my B-day), 2007 vintage

A- pours a cloudy, chunky med. amber color w/ little to no white head and little lacing in my snifter...much as i hate to i have to take off at least half a point for the disturbing little "floaties", kinda off-putting IMO

S- smell is mostly bready malts with a woody, vanilla undertone,some dried fruit and maple(?) in the mix, port wine and alcohol become more pevailent as it warms

T- taste follows suit w/ nose,sweet bready malts up front with a corky wood (i get loads of maple here) and port closing in quickly, some hop bitterness, about enough to balance it out, finishes quite sweet with notes of pecan(?) and warming alcohol

M- a med-full body , not as thick as one would think an 11.5% brew would be, minimal co2

D- very drinkable given the ABV, though prob. not best suited for a 100 degree day like today

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Photo of tapman
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 edition.

My 200th beer review! This special brew was given to me by my good friend Thomas Wadelton of Melbourne, Australia as a 'thank you' for letting him crash at my place during the Chicago Tap Dance Festival. Cheers, Thomas!

Off-white, meringue head that subsides a chunky 1/4 finger foam that makes for great lacing. Light caramel in body, chunks of sediment are hard to keep from getting into the beer but hey, I can dig that real ale. CAMRA 4 ever! Great head and old school guts.

The nose: macademia nuts, port, almonds, apple pie with crust, butter and light wheat toast. No astringent alcohol in the nose.

Big flavor! Creamy nut butter (no snickering please) port of course, raisins, figs, plums, apple, earthy English hops, a bit of spice, a melted stick of butter and brown sugar. Very sweet and I could stand a little less unfermentables. Will review an aged version one of these days.

A little syrupy, but not as bad as some 9% brews I've had and at 11.5% not too bad. Pretty thick, though I can't imagine doing too much better considering the style. Not much carbonation in the mouth...a little, little bite in the late finish.

Excellent brew! I can't wait to try the others in the series and to go out and buy another one or two to age. Pick this one up if you like this sort of thing. Just remember that it is BIG!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, picked up at Knightly Spirits in Orlando.

Poured into a short ale glass. An amber, slightly opaque brew, with a dusting of sediment on the bottom. A thin white head, leaves a ring after a few moments. When settled, it looks a great deal like sherry.

Nose is caramel, grapes, sugar, port, a touch of oak.

Tastes and feels just like a glass of sherry. The big caramel and fruit flavor is offset but a smoky, oak backing, which prevents the sweetnes from running away with things. Alcohol is difficult to detect. Very tasty, and with only a slight bite to the finish makes for an enjoyable sipper.

Great stuff, one of the better barleywines I've come across. Would love to check out the older vintages.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 9.3oz bottle, vintage 2007, into my Val Dieu chalice. Pours a hazy and pale golden color. I got absolutely no head, even with a slightly aggressive pour and last bit swirl of the bottle. Appearance is crazy! Tons of huge particles floating around. Obviously no lacing.

Aroma is very sweet, malts, yeast, caramel, dates, raisins, booze. Its very similar to all the other JW Lees Harvest beers, just slightly crisper.

Flavor is once again, extremely sweet. Caramel and sugar sweetness up front, followed by the thickness and maltiness of the body. Medium to full body, lots of complexity. The finish is, again, crisper and cleaner than the other JW Lees Harvest beers. Very low carbonation, but the beer tastes so good, it's not hurting the beer that much. You can really taste the results of the port cask ageing torwards the finish of each sip. Overall, another great beer from JW Lees, but not my favorite in the line up.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark hazy copperish amber color with a tan colored head that is bubbly and a little thin with little retention and lace.

S-the nose is pleasant and pretty big. Caramel and toffee are strong in the front giving way to some dark fruits. notes of cherries, plums and raisins with hints of booze and oak behind.

T-the taste is quite big as well. The caramel and slightly toasted malt are up front and brief. Notes of chocolate lie underneath. Raisins and lots of them take over next. The cherry and plum are present but the raisin dominates the sweetness. Hints of oak linger in the finish with notes of port behind the sweetness.

M-the feel is thick and creamy, soft on the palate with a low level of carbonation. The finish has a light prickly feeling to it, which is actually quite inviting.

D-this has a great sweetness to it and a ton of malt body and flavor. this is done pretty well, however the barrel aging doesn't seem to come through as much as I would have liked as I really do enjoy a light oaky flavor. it is a little hot in the back but at 11% still done very well.

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Photo of John_M
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with Dyan last night. Previously had this on cask. This was the 2003 bottled version.

The beer pours a glowing, tawny brown color with not much head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is just nectar. The nose is just amazingly rich and sweet, with nuances of caramel, brown sugar and gingerale. The intense aroma profile in this beer is profound. On the palate this beer is every bit as rich and decadent, and includes butter, golden rum soaked raisans and vanilla. The beer is quite sweet and rich, but it does not tire out the palate (though I suppose it might if you drank a quart of it). Mouthfeel is where this beer really shines, as it's incredibly soft, plump, creamy and very long on the finish. The carbonation is a bit low in this beer, but it works very well in this case. I do get a touch of heat in the finish, which mars this beers drinkabilty just a bit (that and the incredible sweetness and high abv.). Otherwise, drinkabilty is really pretty good for such a big, sweet beer.

Age has clearly been very kind to this beer. Very, very impressive.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"John, you're welcome to attend the tasting only if you don't bring any beer"
"I've got 2003 JW Lees Port barrel "
"Fuck you"
(me again)
"HAHAHAHAHA!!! Tricked you into bringing beer and leaving it at my place! Now, I can summon your liver two days later when Chris sends me a growler of Brass Knuckle!!!"

Deep ruby red with a thin soapy head with no lace, this beer looks great.

The absolute anti-thesis of the BA Autumn Maple, this beer opens with BIG caramel, brown sugar, apple cider, alcohol and fruity with mild oxidation, just a little raisins and plums. So rich! The pairing between the grape skin from the port and the raisin from the oxidation is interesting and prods the senses. Alcohol is noticeable. This really is excellent.
The palate opens big and sweet with toffee, nougat, honey (buckwheat honey?) and just a touch of apple cider character. The port comes through mid-palate with a robust grape character, mildly wine-like, with a little skin/seed tannic character that's immediately whelmed by the sweetness. Sweet on the finish, this is a decadent treat. Full in body with a low-medium level of carbonation, this beer is exceptional. Thank you, John.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage

Pours a clear honey apricot-orange body with a thin ring of white foam and subtle lacing.

The aroma consists of sweet port and cherries. Strawberries, a slight bit of honey and sweet malts make up the rest of the nose.

Much like the nose, the flavor has lots of honey-laced port up front with a strong, sweet malt backbone. A bit flowery at times with apples and traces of grape.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly viscous. This barleywine has a heavy body, but feels slightly thinner than other J.W. Lees I've had. Light carbonation and a touch of warming alcohol.

Drinkability is pretty good for what this is. Definitely a sipper and quite sweet. Alcohol comes through a bit, but overall, the beer is quite smooth and enjoyable.

This is the third J.W. Lees I've had and it's another great addition to the line up. I'd have to say that I prefer the regular Harvest and Calvados cask version to this version, but the Port cask version is still pretty awesome. I'm looking forward to trying some older vintages of this in the future.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Pure white head that never really goes away. It is perfectly sustained in my snifter. The beer is a rusty orange color with tons of big chunks of what looks like bark.

S- Very nice smell. Very complex and sweet. Purple grapes, port wine (obviously), caramel, vanilla, oak.

T- Wooo-wee! This stuff is big even for me. I find it strange actually. Im not sure the port casks compliment the caramel and vanilla notes from the actual beer. It starts sweet and like a very good English barleywine. It finishes loaded with port and oak. I cant really enjoy the finish. Very huge flavors
though.

M- Full, almost syrupy. Mild carbonation. Semi dry finish.

D- This stuff is quintessentially British. Im fighting off an accent just sipping on this stuff. This is a very strong beer both in smell and taste. Truly an acquired taste is needed to thoroughly enjoy this one. I am looking forward to trying the other variously aged Harvest Ales.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this brew poured with virtualy no head(the only notch in it's otherwise flawless score) the body is a light tawny, murky peach/honey color. lots of sediment.

The nose is honey, caramel, toffee, molases, cherries, stone fruit. vanilla, tobacco, oak and some alcohol too.

The flavor is just as complex, sweet and boozey as the nose. there is a nice woody almost smokey flavor to go with the warming of the finish. this is world class flavor!

sticky feel almost like a mead or a wine, with carbonation very low.

This is one helluva brew. if it weren't for the steep price tag I would drink this all the time. Definately one of my favs. I highly recommend savoring one of these delights if you can.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

brewed in 2005 consumed on 12/26/09 9.3 oz fl. bottle for *gulp*....$11.45

a deep amber brown-ish color with a ton of floatie bits, very thin and bubbly head, scatters fast and is gone, which is expected for an older brew.

The age is present in the aroma with sugary, fermented fruits and some slight oxodization with slight cardboard effect. musty, tarnished-hard wood, caramel in the malt, wild tanginess zesty herbs with a zingy heat, kinda hot.

This one is very Port flavored with maple syrup in the malt, sugar-coated plums, deep woody flavored edge. Zesty heat, very warming, not vodka hot but buzzy, with a dry earthy wheat and hop flavor for good balance. a heavy, thick feel, aged indeed! Deep, mature malt flavor's abound!! lazy, heavy feel, grainy in the finish with a malty sweetness with many subtle flavor's to be found.

go slow, sip this one, it's worth it's $$$.

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Photo of whitestag
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany, with little if any head. Rich aromas of honey and dried fruit. Sweeter than I'd prefer, but appropriate for this kind of ale -- needs a savory to counterbalance the sweetness. Notes of honey, dates. Mouthfeel a bit syrupy, but again, that's appropriate for the kind of brew. A bit challenging, but a worth the effort.

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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 430 ratings.
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