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

Harvest Ale (Limited Edition)Harvest Ale (Limited Edition)
BA SCORE
4.23/5
1,526 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:
#910
Reviews:
864
Ratings:
1,526
pDev:
13.71%
Bros Score:
4.6
 
 
Wants:
269
Gots:
226
Trade:
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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of _nickg_
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beeragent
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
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 +3.8%
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 +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jacobob10
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ambruns1979
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.78/5  rDev +13%
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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Photo of Lukass
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -5.2%
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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Photo of ManBearPat
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.4/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tigg924
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of moodyxc9
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vinicole
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2007 bottle direct from the brewery.
Deep auburn with a thin wispy head. Yeast floaters apparent.
Rich aroma. Multitude of rum infused fruit. Alcohol is noticeable. Slightly oxidised sherry notes. Toffee. A mellifluous concoction.
The taste reflects the bouquet and more so. Very sweet.
Unctuous in nature but nevertheless has high drinkability.
A very enjoyable experience and 2008 - 2016 inc' yet to be drunk from my cellar.

March 2017 - Vintage 2008 - More sherry like in taste and aroma. Phenols are noticeable. Very low carbonation. Overall = 4.5

May 2017 - Vintage 2016 - Dark marmalade colour. Flat. Treacle. Sweet again. Definitely needs ageing. Overall = 4


July 2017 - Vintage 2015 - Lighter than others. Reduced aroma and taste. Hint of oak. Very soft. At two years old this one is developing nicely. Overall = 4.25

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Photo of FBarber
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2001 Vintage drunk in 2017.

Pours a ruddy brown color. Completely opaque. Has lots of yeast floaters visible in the beer. No head whatsoever. Beer does have some visible carbonation like coca cola - you can see the big bubbles in the beer at first, but then they disappear.

Smell is very sweet. Figs, raisins, plums, and dark fruits on the nose. Lots of leather and sherry like notes also come through.

Taste follows the nose with lots of sweet fig, plums, raisins, and dark fruits. Sherry like notes. Beer is surprisingly sweet, almost too sweet - tastes like there is actual molasses in the beer. Touch of apple and cardboard on the finish. The oxidation is not bad in the beer, and it actually works well with the flavors, but I can't help but think that this beer is well past its prime.

Feel is full bodied. Mild to almost no carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Overall a really interesting beer - I think I need to get a more recent vintage to try because this one is past its prime. Still, even this is a phenomenal beer. An absolute must try.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014 bottle poired into a snifter at Hopcat Chicago. Minimal head/retention, cloyingly sweet even for me but still a very satisfying experience and quite representative of the style.

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Photo of newbeeraday
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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