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

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)

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

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 kjkinsey
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kinmundy77
4.96/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Akeah
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of redfish2942
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DIM
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed in 2011. I strongly feel that J.W. Lee's offerings are MUCH better with the yeast left in the bottle. I cellar them for months after purchase to ensure that this is possible. I left the lees in the bottle so I was left with clear, amber tinted golden colored liquid. A hard pour yielded a small cap of big bubbles that quickly faded.

This smells very sweet with some fairly pronounced booze. I found sugary stewed apricots, brown sugar, lightly charred toffee, and some vinous warmth.

This doesn't taste as sweet as the aroma suggested it would. In fact, while this is still quite sweet, it isn't nearly as sweet as the regular J.W. Lee's. That diminished sweetness is probably why I like these barrel aged treatments as much as I do. Up front I tasted delicately sweet apricot jam and plenty of brown sugar and toffee. The finish is an odd tasting combination of sherry, boozy barleywine, and a slightly tangy charred oakiness.

Aside from the horrible Lagavulin version I had on cask all of the barrel aged varieties have been wonderful. Not my favorite barleywines but worth revisiting on occasion.

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Photo of MuFugga
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review is a 2007 Vintage

A - Dark amber color, very clear, no carbonation, no lacing.

S - Sherry aroma some alcohol presence in the nose, wood, slight smokiness, and butterscotch.

T - Butterscotch, some smoke buried way down, crisp roasted toffee, no heat.

M - Full bodied, thick, syrup-like texture, velvety.

O - Pretty good, surprisingly no heat.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rawfish
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewmanCapote
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbryan5
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For me, this one was the closest in taste to the regular version that was not barrel aged. Very sweet and I did not get very much sherry flavor. Good beer but not much barrel character.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks to claystation for sharing this 2010 edition on our road trip. i have been drinking a ton of old beer lately, like three or four or more years old, cleaning out my and some friends' cellars. lots of beer we had high hopes for has not held up all that well, but this beer, and this series more generally, continues to be one of the best beers to age in existence. this is really amazing stuff, maybe my favorite barrel treatment of the beer yet. its hazy and just red, woody cloudy, pulpy looking almost, would be ugly in any other style. holds a decent head too for its age and strength. smells great, the wood and the sherry are both prominent up front, but so is the yeast, which now seems tired and mature in a good way, and the english sweet grain that makes this beer what it is. the flavor is a lot like the nose, sherry blended in better than it does in the smell, less foody, more beery. woody though to the max, wet oak, great mellowing effect on the toffee and brown sugar notes of the base beer. it surprises me every time too how hoppy this beer is, grassy and straw-like in flavor, dried and mild, but dosed pretty hard, and always more bitterness as it finishes than it seems like it should have until that point. the sweet sherry loves this aspect, and the union is brilliant. constantly improving as it warms, this is special beer without a doubt. one of my favorites from a weekend full of excellent brews.

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Photo of Vivs85
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of imbibehour
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2010.

Deep red and orange body, slight bright copper with some brassy haze color. Head is big bubbled but very fleeting and manages a big bubbled collar that does stay. Airy and fine whispy top on the puck like a fine cloud streaking across the sky. Neat looking brew.

Big fruit notes galore. Huge notes of thick dried apricot, marmalade and dried orange peel. Spiced nutmeg and hints of milky caramel cut in with some real good quality. Slight hints of fruited brandy quality and a touch of alcohol heat but not too much. Real impressive.

The palate is fruit huge, without being overbearing, and diverse. Sugared marmalade, and large apricot chewy flavors. A wooden splintered oak and almost cloved spiced and balsam woody character really comes out in the mid palate. Finishes light and clean, mildly sticky fruit like toffee. Large hints of chewy citrus brown sugared rind fruit all over, as if picked from a tree. Not a touch of heat or alcohol on this at all.

Stunning stuff, the sherry has worked incredible natural fruit tones out of this brew. Fantastic.

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Photo of drpimento
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very rich and delicious. The best parts are the aroma and taste with very volatile bold bursting components. The sherry characteristics match perfectly with those of this beer - fruits, toffee, caramels, oak. Excellent body too.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bgold86
2.55/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Was really excited to try this, 2013 vintage, served in a snifter glass at about 55 degrees. Was waaayyyy too sweet, just overly powerful in the sweetness. Unfortunately, this was terrible.

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Photo of JoeBond
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khmel
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish-purplish brew, reminiscent of cherries or plums, very clear, topped by a mild cream-colored head with mediocre retention.

Big, sweet, boozy aroma right off the bat! Brown sugar and syrup; oak and vanilla; fruit and berries and cherries. The initial boozy sweetness continues to dominate, but in a very pleasant way.

Flavor follows: it's incredibly sweet and syrupy. However, the booziness is rather subdued, coming through on the back-end as a pleasant heat. Flavors come in inconsistent waves: coconut and vanilla and oak, cherries, caramel and brown sugar, syrup, red wine grapes.

Thick and syrupy on the palate.

Definitely a digestif or dessert beer. Sure to be too sweet for many.

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Photo of Beastcpa
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
Beer rating: 80.3% out of 100 with 356 ratings
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