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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask) by J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
English Barleywine
0.00 % ABV

Review by everetends on 07/09/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 17 5 9 2007
Picked this bottle up at Hop City I believe for around 9 bucks. 2007 vintage served up in a snifter.

A: Has that dark honey colored brown. It actually has a good more brown than I remember from the Calvados or Lagavulin offering. Held to the light, a little more of that honey orange color pours through, but a good amount of brown remains. There is a good amount of dark colored debris all over the place in this brew. The pour yielded a very fine, wine top cap, but it falls quickly to the thinnest of rings. No lace to mention.

S: This offering has a good amount of dark red wine alcohol aroma coming through. Its not necessarily the aroma I expect from a port because it is lacking a bit in the sweetness I expect from port. As it warms, that alcohol smell does subside a bit and more sweetness comes out. Honey, oak, and vanilla come out along with some caramel malt presence. Very nice.

T: Things change for the better for sure (not that the aroma was bad). The port really comes out in the flavor. Good amount of rich, sweet port flavors coming out. There is also a really nice tobacco presence as well. The malts kick in with some honey and caramel. The wood is noticed a bit more when that tobacco flavor comes out, but otherwise its pretty dormant. Still this is damned tasty.

M: Full bodied with that stick, viscous feel. Just thick and coating as you would expect from a J.W. offering. Carbonation is low, but perfect in my opinion for this beer and the other J.W. brews I have had. ABV is a little more warming and profound as the other barrel aged offerings I have had. But I guess that is fitting because I always turn to port for that comforting warmth. Aftertaste is all rich port.

OA: Overall, this is another winner for me. This line has done absolutely no wrong in my eyes. Beautiful treatments of the base beer. On this one, the port comes out in all the places I want it to. I wish it was a bit more in the nose, but ah well. The flavor and feel are damn nice. Can't complain and I don't mind spending this type of money when I get this type of beer.

Served In: Snifter

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