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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443 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:
#2,056
Reviews:
230
Ratings:
443
pDev:
13.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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58
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Ratings: 443 |  Reviews: 230
Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Vonerichs
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +8.5%
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 +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of T_Hass
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tbryan5
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of AlexFields
2.94/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BIll_Currie
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pretty good beer. im usually not a big fan or port but it was a great compliment to this one. very good smell and went down very smoothly. wish i had bought more

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Photo of AlexP88
1.53/5  rDev -63%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of imbibehour
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2013.

Slightly murky and muddy orange, with a big rust brown hue and edge to it. Opaque. Light tan fleeting head goes to a simple collar with a whispy and slightly oily top.

Sweet notes of apricot, and mild sugar. Light hints of booze and grape like warmth. Hints at port but not really distinct, but with excellent big grape aromas. Light toasty brown sugar just peaking out.

Palate brings a lot of sweetness. Slight prickly tongue at first, with the first sips consisting of brown sugar with a hint of spiced clove action coming on the finish. Silky and large honey coating mouthfeel. Deep notes of plum and fig, marmalade action as well excellent fruit flavors throughout. Spicy finish comes as well with a hint of wood and splinters feeling.

Overall real nice barleywine, but doesn't remind me of much Port character. Still a solid brew.

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Photo of Roguer
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tea-like clear brown; minimal head, leaving only an oily sheen and a bubbly edge.

Boozy, nutty aroma you can smell from a distance. The cask is quite strong, but it isn't clearly identifiable as Port. Caramel malt provides the bulk of the remaining aroma.

The flavor pulls no punches! It's sweet and strong right off the bat: plump, juicy white grapes; chewy caramel; white and wheat bread; pecans; brown sugar. It's extremely sweet, with the Port flavor really shining through on a fruity English barleywine base. Much less alcohol heat than with more typical barrel choices for aging (e.g. bourbon).

Surprisingly thin body; very easy to drink; only a touch of back-end chest warmth indicates the very high ABV. Sticky finish. Exceptionally easy to drink.

The appearance and aroma don't portend great things, but this is overall a very tasty brew. It's likely too sweet for some.

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Photo of ldhughes3
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GregJ
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bgold86
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an orange, copper tinted body with minimal head and no lace. A boozy, similar to butterscotch aroma (the combo of caramel and toffee sometimes reminds me of butterscotch) with some dark fruits like figs and the port wine/wood notes are slightly noticeable. This is a sticky, full bodied beer that requires slow sipping and is best suited for an after meal drink. The sweetness comes across as figs, dates, candied raisins (they still exist), caramel, toffee, possible cherry/vanilla aspect from port wine/wood, and finishes a little hot thanks to booze. Enjoyable beer that was worth the price since it took me a long time to kill the nine ounce bottle b/c it is so thick and sweet.

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Photo of shelby415
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gafferjohn
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of whatname
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Very tasty brew that gets better with age

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

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

Photo of t2grogan
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 443 ratings