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

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1,531 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 12-18-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#870
Reviews:
865
Ratings:
1,531
pDev:
13.68%
Bros Score:
4.6
 
 
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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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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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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2002 vintage, 15 years old. Stumbled upon it at Whole Foods...

Lusciously malty and sweet. Tastes heavenly. Dark bread and chocolate. Toffee. Ripe fruit, musky melon and cherry. Lingering sweet chocolate. Modest tea-like bitterness comes through in finish.

Mmmm. Exemplary.

Dark golden brown. Almost no carb, perhaps 2% of a baby beer. Serious yeast cake in bottle. Thick and syrupy.

Such a treat.

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

Photo of Zazzi82
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2001 Vintage

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2001 vintage decanted into a tulip pint glass. Pours a cloudy brown color with minimal head but decent lacing. Nose: initially a cognac fragrance that evolves over time to more of a port/sherry. Tastes remarkable like sherry with a slight licorice note. Interestingly full mouthfeel (almost to the point of grittiness) and only the mildest hint of effervescence. A very different, but very enjoyable experience.

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4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 Vintage enjoyed in 2/17.

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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tigg924
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Autumn 2012 edition. Pours hazy, orange-brown in color with minimal head. Taste is cognac, beachwood, cedar, and big toasted malts. Very sweet, heavy bodied, with low carbonation. Overall makes for a tasty malty sipper. Similar to other JW Lee's barleywines. I will get this again and see how this tastes with more age.

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Harvest Ale (Limited Edition) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 1,531 ratings
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