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: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 12-18-2000

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Ranking:
#872
Reviews:
872
Ratings:
1,540
pDev:
13.68%
Bros Score:
4.6
 
 
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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

Photo of Richter525
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ben1313
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenHoppy
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

J.W. Lee you did it again. Another badass barleywine. Back to back I had a 2007 vintage followed by a 2002. In appearance the 2007 was more purpley brown/ruby red. The 2002 was more chocolatey brown. Both had a good amount of carbonation with minimal head but 2007 looked like pop more than beer. The 5 really goes to the 2002 but same beer so it gets a 5. There is also some sediment in both with more sediment present in 2007.

The aroma in 2007 is pure whiskey and tobacco whereas the 2002 I get bourbon barrel, vanilla, chocolate, burnt sugar, and caramel

2007 taste: I get whiskey, tobacco, leather, hay, licorice, caramel, toffee, and some Mary Jane candy.

In 2002 vintage the tobacco, hay, and leather flavors had faded with addition of more vanilla and chocolate flavoring that weren't present in 2007 vintage along with some bourbon

Feel is a bit chewy yet super smooth and creamy. More smooth and creamy in 2002.

Overall a fantastic beer that ages gracefully. My all time favorite barleywines when counting the sherry cask and whisky variants. A brewery that knows how to make a well rounded barleywine for sure. I like the 2002 for the chocolate yet liked 2007 for the tobacco and leather. Almost tastes like 2 different beers. Both could age longer but having it at 10 years followed by 15 was a great experience. Both were super enjoyable and glad I opened them now.

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

11-2012 autumn limited edition vintage. Poured into a tulip glass, a murky dense brown with a brief appearance of a slight sliver of head before dissipating into nothing. The aroma is strong dark fruit, plum, fig, some pear/cider, and leather. The taste hits with a left hook, tobacco and fig up front, with leather and spiced dark fruit right behind it, and some honey notes. About a quarter through, things start to meld. The mouthfeel is dense, carbonation low (but still present). A tasty winter sipper, unless tobacco and leather with some sweetness can't be handled by your palate.

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Photo of FlaviusG
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vertical tasting of 2001, 2007, and 2013. Rating is for the 2001, which was the best. Strong smell of raisin, sweet taste, smooth, little taste of alcohol. 2001 poured much darker, brown/red with some sediment. No oxidation present. Very good.

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Photo of Muss42
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Been looking for a. It for this one. I got the 2014 to start with. Store had going back to 2002! Amazing dark red, sweet smell and the thickest brew I've had. Like syrup on the mouth. Can't wait to try some other vintages!

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Photo of Afeo
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJSJr
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gardner254
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattSn
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

2014 vintage.

Rich, smooth, silky, boozy. A nice sweet burn from sip down to stomach. Not overly sweet but the combo of relatively high ABV and inherent sweetness make this one a definite sipper.

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Photo of Gemini6
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of _nickg_
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beeragent
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2014 Vintage. Very low carbonation in appearance and none on the mouthfeel. I don't think the cap was as secure as it should have been.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

**
06/30/17
Vetri , Philadelphia, PA
Beer pairing with Tasting Menu
6/6
2013 Vintage
Super smooth and sweet. Lots of plum, almond, grape, tastes and almost feels like a port wine.

Paired with cheese course (for dessert). Perfect complement.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.51/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jacobob10
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. "Cellar Release 12-2014." 275 mL bottle.

Look: Deep amber and cloudy. The color is beautiful though, it seems to shine in the glass. Small off-white head with poor retention and sparse lacing on the glass.

Smell: Rich malt aroma. Bread, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, raisin, sherry, butterscotch, maple syrup, and a hint of alcohol. There's an underlying orange marmalade smell too, possibly from the hops. Complex and awesome.

Taste: Rich malt flavor to match the aroma. Caramel stands out the most but plenty of raisin and maple syrup as well. Sweet, long lasting finish.

Feel: Despite being so rich it's surprisingly light on its feet, landing somewhere around medium to medium-full bodied. Sticky and​ chewy with not much carbonation. Warming at the end.

Overall: A world classic and well deserving of it. A big English Barleywine that boasts a strong and complex flavor profile without ever feeling too heavy. Highly recommended for novice and seasoned barleywine drinkers alike.

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Harvest Ale 2007
L - Dark amber, slightly cloudy with some floaties - very hard to pour without getting some in the glass. Very thin off-white rim with almost no head retention.
S - Sweet honey, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, toast.
T - Leathery, grape musk, caramel, butterscotch, hint of smoke, raisin, maple, marzipan.
F - Smooth, low carb, faint alcohol burn.
O - The past 10 years have been very kind to this beer, especially considering it has spent most (if not all) its life on a shelf.

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Photo of ambruns1979
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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