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:
#920
Reviews:
875
Ratings:
1,547
pDev:
13.68%
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4.6
 
 
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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

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
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | 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

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