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:
433
Reviews:
226
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
13.46%
 
 
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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

Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -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 +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GregJ
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bgold86
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gafferjohn
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of whatname
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beastcpa
5/5  rDev +20.2%
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 +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of ZEB89
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

275ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, prune, fig, apple, date, brown sugar, molasses, brown bread, toffee, toast, leather, tobacco, red wine, oak, light vanilla, and oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and wine barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of huge caramel, raisin, prune, fig, apple, date, brown sugar, molasses, brown bread, toffee, toast, leather, tobacco, red wine, oak, light vanilla, and oak/toasted earthiness. Slight spicy oak/herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, dark fruit, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, toast, leather, tobacco, red wine, oak, light vanilla, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and wine barrel flavors; with a great malt/oak balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, fairly slick/syrupy, and slightly tannic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome English barleywine. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and wine barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2010.
Wonderful flavor, great sipper. They sure pack a lot of goodness into those little bottles.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
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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Photo of DIM
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brewed in 2011. I left the bottle in the basement for at least six months to make sure that the sediment had all settled firmly on the bottom. I was then able to pour all but an ounce or so out of the bottle with no yeast chunks.

This was a slightly hazy amber tinted golden color; it poured with a short lived fizzy head that faded to a ring around the glass.

I found a somewhat subdued aroma, oxidation, sugary toffee, and lightly vinous quality all are in balance and harmonious.

The taste offers all that the smell promises and a bit more. There is oxidation present and there is sharply sweet toffee aplenty. The port barrel presence though is more prominent than the smell suggested it would be. I taste a little oak, some grape and musty port that has a lingering hint of smokey char

The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and syrupy. Overall this is a pleasant surprise, the port barrel is a beautiful addition to the overly sweet base beer.

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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 433 ratings.
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