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

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

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Ranking:
#868
Reviews:
870
Ratings:
1,538
pDev:
13.68%
Bros Score:
4.6
 
 
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Photo of LAp
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled as a vertical in tasters at a barleywine tasting event. 2014 tried alongside 2001.
The 2014 barleywine was delicious - a bright, young barleywine that was not overly saccharine despite having the classic robust malt presence. Trace hints of hop, and a less heavy mouthfeel contributed to an autumnal palate. Excellent.
The 2001 extraordinary. An incredible window into what can happen within the confines of a bottle over a decade and a half. Gone were the light, youthful notes of trace hop and sugars. They were instead replaced with a toffee, caramel syrup. Notes of dates and figs more prominent than in almost any bottle I've tried before. A true treat to try 15 years aged.

This is absolutely a standout barleywine. One of my favorite instantiations of one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fascinating. As complex as it gets. Sweet fruit, malt, and the right amount of bitter after taste. Warm going down, like Scotch. Sip by sip at the Hay Merchant in Houston.

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Photo of TheBeerGulper
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of DruC4
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2001 vintage. Pours a very dark brown. Still a bit of carbonation on this 15-year-old beer. A minimal skiff of tan head.
Aroma is a dream of malt. Fine leather, tobacco, toffee, dark fruit, peanut butter and vanilla. Crazy.
The taste starts off rich, sweet caramel and plum. As it flows over the tongue, I pick up leather, tobacco, peanut butter, chocolate and chocolate cake. Each sip seems to bring new tastes. Sweet and rich throughout.
Mouthfeel is medium and sticky.
This bottle aged beautifully!

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Photo of rypkr
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Preface by I'm fairly inexperienced in barleywines.

2001 vintage.

A - 9.3oz poured into a snifter. Very faint pop on the bottle cap. Poured dirty brown bathwater brown. Zero head on first half of the poured so it aggressive finishing the pour and still couldn't manage any. Leaves no lacing, only a thick mineral oil residue.

S - sweet candy corn and ripe, ripe plums. Brown sugar, toffee, and welches purple grape juice. Alcohol heat and phenolic yeast.

T - wow. This is unlike anything I've ever experienced. I'm honestly not even sure how to describe what I'm tasting. It's sweet, very sweet but in no way as sweet as the nose indicates. All your standard dark fruitiness is there but it's different. Yellow raisens come to mind with each sip. There is a unique bitterness I would almost describe as leather, perhaps its somewhat oxidized, though it's not like the cardboard I've tasted in other beers. There's a roastiness as it finishes, or smokiness even.

M - low, low carbonation. But thick viscous and oily with alcohol and sugar.

Overall quite an experience. Eager to put beer advocate down and sip through the rest of this. At $10 for 9oz this is among one of the most expensive beers I've purchased. However I likely will again on occasion.

Edit to note I'm trying this a second time on 11-30-17 and it still stands to be one of the best crafted beers I've ever had. It's almost divine.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of erk0607
4.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2001 bottle opened up 9/16/2016.
Look: Maroon brown, no head left, with sediment blobs maybe 1cm across.
Smell: Sugary, caramelly, rasin, port and dark wine, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, sugary syrup, plum, some alcohol
Taste: Sugary sweet rasins and aged port wine flavors, super, super rich and complex, like a freshly caramelized flambe or banana fosters with rum and brown sugar
Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, no carbonation left outside of a bubble that formed on the pour, somewhat thick, and incredibly full feeling.
Overall: Epic, would absolutely do again. Bought it to celebrate closing on a house, would buy another house to get another one (just kidding, but it is really good)

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

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rawfish
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Photo of AugustusRex
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shleepy
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage:
Small head. A murky light brown color. Caramel, plum/prune in smell. Quite pleasant. Taste is completely different - extremely toasty, with a burnt sunflower seed kind of taste. Quite intense, all around.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a 2001 vintage in 2016, and it was unreal. Sweet, mellow, toasted malty, Madeira, caramel. Literally everything I had hoped and imagined an English Barleywine could be. We were blown away, and hadn't expected much for something that sits on shelves for years. But to our taste a far superior beer to BCBW and almost any other Barleywine I've tried.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2002

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Photo of puboflyons
3.56/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with the 2002 vintage. Sampled on July 31, 2016.,

The color is am mildly heady brown with red hues. Some cloudiness.

The aroma is more toasted malt forward than anything for a 14 year beer. Crackers, bread, and molasses too. Low to no hop profile.

The body is smooth and around medium.

Even though this is 14 years old it is Jolly British with cracker malts, low hops, and sweetness. This has not faded after so much time.

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Photo of Warren2621
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twperman
4.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of DucksFan16
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2008 vintage, consumed 07/22/2016.

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Harvest Ale (Limited Edition) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 1,538 ratings
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