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

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Added by Dantes on 05-07-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
355
Reviews:
200
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
14.29%
 
 
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Photo of Hop_God
3.21/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L: ruby amber brown
S: big time sherry. Bread. Brown sugar. Candied fruit.
T: very sherry prominent. Tart fruit. There is a saline acidity I'm not enjoying.
F: moderate carbonation coats the mouth. Finishes crips and tart
O: not too fond of this. Has a licorice like quality and the Sherry is too heavy for my liking.

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Photo of WCKDVBZ
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly good head of foam for this 2012 bottle. Pretty long lasting too and it even has a bit of lacing. The brew itself is a a clear copper.

The smell is of big caramel malt that is sure to bring the sweet in the taste. But, its more of a maple syrup like sweetness and I can dig that. Some of the ample alcohol gets through as well.

The taste follows through where the smell left off. Sweet maple that coats my tongue without going overboard. Hints of some kind of nut and a mild woody fruity taste that I find totally enjoyable. Booze is there and I think it compliments rather than detracts.

As full as medium bodied can get with a subtle level of carbonation.

This is very good. $10.15 I do not regret paying.

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Photo of Ruger
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2009, extremely sweet, but very good.

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Photo of NateMac13
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwkdmk
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ldhughes3
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of enelson
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZEB89
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lexington Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.

2012 edition. The third stop on our trip through the Lees Harvest horizontal, following the standard and Lagavulin editions. This one pours a hazy amber topped by a finger of bone foam. The nose comprises rich caramel, sweet Riesling, mild wood, and honey. The taste brings in more of the same, the wood coming through as a slight vein of balsa forming the floor of the proceedings. The body is a hefty medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a full feel. Overall, I didn't get quite as much sherry as preferred, but this is still some solid stuff.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kuaff
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cellar temperature in my snifter.

What amounts to no more than a thin, fleeting sheet of fizz soon vanishes almost completely over a rich amber-orange barleywine. Its appearance probably has more in common with wine than the typical ale.

It smells delightful. Like maple, brown sugar, brandy, cherry liqueur, caramel, apples, and a hint of orange zest. And the aroma has a little pleasantly musty earthiness to it, like something that's been buried underground for a long time. I don't mean that to sound bad, haha.

Much more of the maple comes through in the flavor, with booze-soaked rasinins, red apples, leathery vanilla (yes the vanilla is leathery), and a finish of caramel-coated, toasted pecans and more earth. It tastes... cozy. If cozy has a taste, it is this.

I really like the body. The carbonation is totally lax, the feel is thick but slick, and everything is just incredibly smooth for a barleywine of such strength.

This is what you sip in the middle of winter nestled in a huge, cozy chair in front of the hearth... or spazzing out to your favorite metal band at bone-rattling volume. It will serve both purposes equally well.

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Photo of kornkid8600
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2009 Vintage

Looked amber color, no head, no lacing, like a glass of sherry wine.

Smelled very sweet, sticky, toffee, minimal wine characteristic, some alcohol.

Tasted very saccharine, too much. Lots of toffee, caramel, vanilla, less sherry. Dominated by the grain sugar far too much. All you can taste is sugar.

Mouth feel was in the middle, some weight, barely any carbonation.

This beer ends up being too one dimensional, the amount of sugar overhelms in the beer, and takes away from any other characteristics.

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Photo of mweso2000
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mattbryan1981
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of leroybrown10
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy medium amber. No head even with fast pour into a snifter. No lacing on the glass as I swirl the beer.

Aroma of sweet malt and caramel. No hop notes at all. Some mild sweet citrus notes. Orange, oak, vanilla, and dry red wine.

Taste is syrupy sugar. Almost sickeningly sweet. Caramel, oak, vanilla are prominent. Sherry & barrel comes through on the finish. Sherry provides a dryness after the sugary beginning.

Thick mouth feel with little carbonation. Leaves a chewy coating behind.

Not a beer I was very impressed by especially given the $10 price for a 250ml bottle. Sweetness that is quite unpleasant and so strong that it detracts from the flavors that are more enjoyable like the vanilla, caramel and oaky barrel notes.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opened my first bottle today. Poured into my teku glass. This unassuming little bottle of beer is wonderful. Unique flavors - earthy, raisins, maybe a little apple. Wished I hadn't waited so long to try it! So good I went back and got a second bottle.

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Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeeb
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tillmac62
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 2013. Pours a hazy medium amber with a dark ruby hue. Above average head volume, exceptional lacing and retention. Light nose of sweet fruit (plum), caramel and toasted brown sugar over a light sherry alcohol note. Medium body with a texture that approaches creamy. Below normal carbonation with just a hint of effervescence in the finish. The flavor profile is very intense, very complex and somewhat balanced considering the intensity. It begins with a malt bomb assault of sweetness that is caramel and toasted brown sugar. As the sweetness subsides (it never really leaves) notes of plum emerge over a slight note of nuts. The middle is where the alcohol predominates with a sherry undertone over a sweetness that is honey like. The finish is a slow fade of sherry like alcohol over a honey like sweetness. The lack of balance is what holds this one back from being outstanding.

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Photo of Rutager
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

'05 bottle from the pimp daddy bruh that is steasy66. Thanks man! Into the prairie 2nd anniversary stem.

Appearance. Pours a lovely clear burnt orange with some slight rooby tonez. There was a faint skim of a bubbly head right after the pour but it immediately disappeared.

Smell. Nice smooth dry sherry, brown sugar, very light notes of cardboard-like oxidation, dry old wood. Very nice. I just keep going back for more.

Taste. Honey and light smooth sherry, brown sugar, soft barrel notes. Unbelievably smooth and integrated. Light oxidation notes that just add to the flavour. Simple and easy on the palate but many subtle complexities.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full body, a bit syrupy and lightly sticky on the lips. Very low carbonation, just a trace but enough. Everything works well with the flavours.

Overall. Insanely good as I was told it would be. As the bruh that gave it to me will point out, I'm very open to suggestion when it come to beer, but this really is great tasting stuff.

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Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev -1.5%

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
4.06 out of 5 based on 355 ratings.
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