Harvest Ale (Limited Edition) | J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd

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Harvest Ale (Limited Edition)Harvest Ale (Limited Edition)
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: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 12-18-2000

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#1,603
Reviews:
879
Ratings:
1,563
pDev:
13.44%
 
 
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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brandoneast
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of -steve-
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buschbeer
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

9.3 US fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter
2011

This beer pours a rust colored with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with very little tan head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is dates, figs, molasses, and brown sugar.

It tastes just as good as it smells. I get the date and fig taste with some sweetness in the finish reminiscent of brown sugar.

Medium bodied. Smooth, silky mouthfeel

This is an English barleywine at its finest.

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Photo of Avitra
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Meady beer and very unique. Yes, it's extremely sweet but in a good way, honey, mollases, summer fruit and a flavor party. A little bit if roast in the background and overly nice

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Photo of Commandophile
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a small bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip (feels like smaller than a 12 oz?) 2014 edition

L: Cloudy mahogany pour with scant fizzy head. Very modest lacing.

S: Rich... sweet dark sugars, fig, toffee, and molasses.

T/F: Follows the nose. Rich and decadent. Sweet and unbalanced... big time toffee/molasses. This beer is all about the dark fruit (raisin, plum, fig) and darker sugars. Complex.... and this should be more cloying but it goes down super easy. Sticky on the tongue.... not much in the way of hopping on the back end. Low carbonation. More toffee and light spice at the finish.

O: A big over the top English Barleywine. Sweet dessert beer best at room temp. Not one I'd want regularly, but a great change of pace/occasion beer.

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Photo of hoponit
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Knickfan3
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dirtyhalos
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheGent
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jkblr
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

275mL bottle vintage 2012 poured into a snifter at fridge temp 11.5% ABV. The beer pours not completely bright in an orange tinted amber color. The head is light khaki and recedes quickly to a pencil thin ring around the glass. The aroma is significant and complex with caramel, sweet bread, apple and plum. The taste is semisweet caramel with a tobacco like bite that must be fading hops. There is also raisin, stone fruit and earth as you take additional sips. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, lowly carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is some residual bitterness, but not enough to wholly balance the sweetness of the malt. Overall, excellent. Fantastic English barleywine. Recommended.

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Photo of kinmundy77
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2001 Vintage. My son shared a bottle with me while here on vacation. It has been over 2 years since he was here last. Poured into snifters it appears deep dark mahogany in color. Very little head. Small amount of sediment. Aroma is rich molasses, vanilla, figs, raisins and maybe a slight hint of tobacco. Alcohol is there but not strong. Taste follows and reminds me of a hard candy my grandmother made when I was very young (over 50 years ago). Nice smooth mouthfeel to it. I enjoyed this one very much and I have purchased another bottle. I'll save it until he can visit again.

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Photo of Giggy
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle, 9.3 oz., 11.5% ABV.
Poured a rich dark copper color with very minimal white head. Aroma is rich with dark fruits and bourbon qualities. It is very sweet with very little carbonation. This is like drinking a Port. Need to pick up a couple to cellar. Nice Job!

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Photo of matthewsween
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 9.3 oz bottle in a snifter. This 2015 Autumn edition pours a lightly murky
brownish amber with a nice light head of white foam that settles to a thin ring and shows
some spotty lacing. Nose mulled peaches, raisins, light spice, subtle booze, and rich notes
of butterscotch and caramel. Flavors are delicious with a peach and brown sugar blast
that falls into a plump yellow raisin and caramel waterfall. Vanilla and tobacco reign in
the rear and fade into a warming finish. Very nice mouth feel; low carbonation, medium
body, and a delectable candied peach finish with a touch of cherries with warmth.

Excellence indeed.

Cheers

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lochef81
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrDarcy
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lazhal
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2002 Vintage

Poured with no head at all. No lacing whatsoever.

I get some dark fruits on the nose.

Tastes of raisins, figs and caramelized sugar. This is insanely good. Need another bottle!

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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