J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry Cask) | J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd

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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry Cask)J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry Cask)
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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry Cask)J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry Cask)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
England, United Kingdom
jwlees.co.uk

Style: British 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:
#5,050
Reviews:
204
Ratings:
369
pDev:
13.97%
 
 
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41
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2010 vintage; drank 7/3/14 @ the Yarchives.

Orange/red murkiness; plenty of off-white flotsam floating around.

Off-white head; almost no head.

Maple syrup, caramel nose; slight cinnamon & raspberry notes as well. Bodes well!

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Burnt oak, brown sugar, apple cider, mild campfire & freshly fallen leaves...I'm lost in autumnal reverie.

Perfection.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stratusjeans
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I drank a 2003, so 15 years old. It was pretty flat but expected at that age. The flavor held up really well and the Sherry married very nicely in the beer.

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Photo of shelby415
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dannycohen62
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of _nickg_
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ppavlick
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheGent
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BenHoppy
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 vintage @ cellar temp poured into snifter:

This amazingly caramelly reddish brown whiskey port wine looking barleywine smells of bourbon barrels, dark dried fruit, roasted malts, and caramelly vanilla toffee. The flavors is what makes this a real treat though with its raspberry maple cherry whiskey toffee that finishes with tobacco. But it's not usual tobacco no it's like smoking a cigar in the finish and a good cigar like a light to medium Monte cristo. In which case it would pair nicely with a cigar. Mouthfeel is creamy, thin barleywine slow sipper. Alcohol well hidden. Could go another year but afraid it would lose that cigar finish and that's the kicker to make this the real treat that it is.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a slightly opaque dark red, with a small head, and no lacing.

This is sweet and decadent, with cherry and plum, toffee and nougat, sherry and wet oak.

This is my first JW Lee's variant, and it's decadent. It's a '13, with lots of dark fruit, super sweet caramel and toffee, sweet vinous sherry, and a thick simple sugar character. There's a little oak, and a slight bitterness on the finish.

This is thick and quite syrupy, but with a normal enough level of carbonation.

#BIL. Enough said, this is a classic.

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3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking hazy burnt brown color with no head or lacing. Don’t let the appearance fool you, as the smell takes in the normal qualities of an English Barleywine. Tobacco, vanilla, caramel, toffee and cocoa blend to be a really nice sweet and dry aromatic quality. The flavor is sticky sweet carrying it into the finish. Less vanilla displays all around. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation runs extremely light but I’m guessing that’s due to the age of the beer, so no hit from me. Overall, as an aged barleywine, this is absolutely awesome and would love to have again.

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4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DucksFan16
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

2010 vintage, enjoyed on 05/19/2017.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Decanted into a conical pint; brewed in 2012. Pours a cloudy copper color with clearing a edges, no significant head, but limited legs when swirled; identical in appearance to apple cider. Nose: initially apples, with bourbon and earthy notes as oxidized; palate: medium malts, with little hoppiness, a notable sherry flavor, and an earthy, vegetable overrtone. Fairly light-bodied for a barley-wine. I enjoyed it, but am not sure in which context it makes sense to serve.

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4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours a cloudy medium brown with little head retention. There is a slight tan head. Smell: It has aromas of toasted and breaded malts along with a strong sherry smell. It also has a nut aroma mixed in as well. There are hints of floral and spice hops. There are also hints of plums.

Taste: There sherry flavor is clearly present in the initial flavor with a sweetness to it and some wood flavors with toast and bready malts. There are nuts in the background. The hops are barely noticeable with some low fruit.

Feel: It has a full body, but not quite chewy. There is very low carbonation with alcohol warmth that is pleasant.

Overall this is a delightful barleywine that has a complex mixture of flavors.

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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 version poured into a Wicked Weed tulip. A murky, dense brown, with absolutely no head and only a moment or two of a thin lace. Aroma sensory overload commences. Heavy sherry, plum , nuts, cherry. The taste is heavy on fruity nougat, molasses, with hints of vanilla. It seems to change a little bit on every sip before settling in as it gets to room temp. The heat is well masked/non existent. Full heft, very low carbonation, with a chewy mouthfeel. Overall, a delicious EB, especially if you don't mind a little extra sweetness.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sokol_1993
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A bottle of 2010 vintage into a Duvel Tulip glass.

Smell: sweet molasses, herbal smells.
Taste: Somehow very herbal tasting, with a taste of Chinese herbal medicine (I'm a Vietnamese, I know). Dark fruits: Cherry, peach, raisin. Molasses. Some bitterness, licorice taste.
Feel: chewy, full body.

A beer of extreme complexity. Would recommend it to anyone, and would have it again.

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4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cask pour at the 2017 ACAF.
Clear dark brown with a minimal bubbly head.
Fantastic aroma with toffee, bread and sherry. The flavor follows. Superb creamy smooth mouthfeel.
Perhaps a touch too sweet.

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