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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)
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Dantes on 05-07-2004

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Ranking:
#2,925
Reviews:
201
Ratings:
358
pDev:
14.25%
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Ratings: 358 |  Reviews: 201
Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of unclekeith
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of mcrawford
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DucksFan16
3.31/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

2010 vintage, enjoyed on 05/19/2017.

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Photo of edthehead
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of hman43
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Photo of Apellonious
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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 but 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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Photo of kvgomps
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sokol_1993
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of chinchill
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in 2012. Pours a hazy maroon/brown with absolutely no head or carbonation. Smells amazing. Sweet with definite sherry notes and some honey. Lots and lots of plum and some cherry notes too. Tastes very sweet upfront, followed by some teasing bitterness. Very viscous and smooth. Absolutely delicious!

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Furlinator
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2013.
Pours translucent rust copper. A fizzy khaki head forms then quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace. The smell is of caramel and burnt sugar with dark fruit, pipe tobacco and vanilla accents. The taste follows with sweet and sticky caramel, toffee, raisins, cherries and faint vanilla. Full texture with low carbonation. Delicious.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

275 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2012 vintage, bottled on 5/23/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, golden raisin, plum, fig, apricot, apple, white grape, toasted biscuit, and oak; with lighter notes of leather, tobacco, nuttiness, vanilla, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bready malt, fruity yeast, sherry barrel, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, golden raisin, plum, fig, apricot, apple, white grape, toasted biscuit, and oak; with lighter notes of leather, tobacco, nuttiness, vanilla, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, golden raisin, plum, fig, apricot, apple, white grape, toasted biscuit, oak, leather, tobacco, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt, fruity yeast, sherry barrel, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/slick, and lightly syrupy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English barleywine. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt, fruity yeast, sherry barrel, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a teku pint. Label says Brewed in 2013.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/8 tan head that soon becomes a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small wisp of sheer surface foam. Minimal lacing with sticky alcohol legs.

S- Lots of dark fruit emanates from the glass along with a noticeable booze fume. Notes of vanilla, coconut and raisin all blanketed by a biscuity malt overtone.

T- Raisin. Pure, sweet, delectable raisin. Also some brown sugar and maple but mainly just raisin oozing forth and I love it. There's some mild oxidation which actually complements the big sweetness and the alcohol is barely noticeable.

M- Slick and syrupy with medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A slow sipper just because of how rich the flavor is, but the flavor is so nice. I wouldn't sit on this vintage very much longer though since the oxidation is slowly but surely creeping in. Still, quite divine.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

So, I'm writing this on my phone so it's not going to be a huge review.

Look: looks great, amber with light bubbles.
Smell: Sweet, booze, brown sugar, dark fruits.
Taste: Ok, so this is a weird one. It has a flavor like ginseng and peanuts were added. Sticky sweet, which I like.
Feel: Light carbonation, nice mouthfeel.
Overall: If it didn't have that weird ginseng and peanut flavor it would be much higher. It does hit all the other things I want in an English Barleywine though.

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Photo of ccg
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Labeled "brewed in 2010." Open June, 2016.


Look: Translucent, caramel brown. Minimal carbonation visible. Thin legs with gritty, sugary-looking residue on the sides of the glass. No lacing. Some bubbles around the edge. Surprisingly watery looking. 3.5

Smell: Syrupy sweet with a smokiness in the background. Some raisin and plum scents as well. 3.75

Taste: Even more smokiness. Meaty sort of savory flavor. It's... kind of like sausage. It's certainly unique, and I respect an opinionated product, but it's a little difficult to drink. There are some tart fruit flavors in the background as well. 3.5

Feel: Syrupy smooth but also rather flat. 3.5

Overall: Normally, I'm a fan of big, sweet, boozy beers, but this was a huge miss for me. Apricots and orange marmalade layered on top of tobacco and sausage? I just can't get into it. 3.5

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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