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J.W. Lee Harvest Ale

JW Lee Harvest Ale (2000 vintage)
11.5% ABV. English Barleywine from J.W. Lees & Co in the UK. Poured from a 2000 vintage bottle into a snifter glass. Pours a deep red/brown color with a creamy light tan head. Aroma is very sweet and fruity, lots of big malts coming through with a heavy dose of dark fruits, sweet toffee and some prune and plum characteristics. Tastes rich with maple and oaky notes in the start along with the dark overripe fruits. Very sweet from on set to finish, barely any hops present tiny bitterness in the finish. Boozy but blends perfectly like a nice port. Very rich full sticky body and almost no carbonation. Not my style but glad to have tried this one out! A complex beer indeed.
theBeerAuthority: B-
Locally Available? Yes, but look for it.

JW Lee Harvest (Calvados Cask – 2008 Vintage)
11.5% ABV. English Barleywine from J.W. Lees & Co in the UK. Follow up to the J.W. Lees Harvest 2000 vintage bottle. Poured from 2008 vintage bottle into a snifter glass. Pours a mostly clear medium amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, calvados, sherry, and spice. Flavor is very sweet with caramel and toffee malt notes, oak, spice, calvados, and sherry-like oxidative notes. Slick on the mouthfeel with medium body and soft carbonation. Overall, I preferred this over the Harvest 2000 vintage I had previously. A definite sipper.
theBeerAuthority: B
Locally Available? Yes, but look for it.

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