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JW Lees (see also Lees) Harvest Ale

PubAddressLast Visit Seen
The Butchers ArmsHerne, Kent10 Jan 2023
White Cliffs Beer Festival 2005Dover, Kent04 Feb 2005

Tasting Summary

These comments are the opinion of the individual reviewer and represent what they thought of the beer on a particular day in a particular pub. If a review is less favourable, it may be because the beer suffered somewhere in the supply chain between them and the brewery.

The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent

Magnus GreelExcellent10 Jan 2023 Just a few sips of a taster of this syrupy sweet medicine was all one could tolerate!
Jack WilliamExceptional20 Dec 2022 Just a taster, in a brandy glass, warmed by the hand of the landlord!
IanExceptional18 Jul 2015 2008 version, slight sourness, dry oloroso sherry. Unbelievable.
Philip PirripExceptional21 Aug 2014 Just a sip taster but lethal and just potentially moreish
Philip PirripExceptional14 Feb 2013 2006 version which seemed more rounded than the 2005 which my colleague pushed down
IanExceptional06 Jul 2012 Just incredible. Walnuts, dry oloroso sherry. Sheer brilliance in a glass.
PedroExceptional07 Jan 2012 This was more than exceptional. it was excep ++ super beer, if only more obtainable. It isn't on all the time, so ask nicely for a taste !
AndrewExceptional06 Jan 2012 Umm. Want JW's harvest? Well come here.
IanExceptional06 Jan 2012 Chocolate raisin christmas cake dry oloroso sherry. Phenomenal
BlairNot Tried23 Feb 2011
IanExceptional05 Feb 2011 Slightly salty, Christmas cake, molasses, Oloroso sherry. Alex suggested having this with celery which would work well I think.
AndrewExceptional07 Jan 2011 2004 vintage. As Martyn said there are only 16 bottles of this left in the world and he has all of them. Smoother than you could believe; raisins, walnut, molasses.
IanExceptional07 Jan 2011 A half pint from 2004. Wow. Christmas cake, dry oloroso sherry, intense. No oxidisation at all even after 6 years. Possibly the best barley wine in the world found in this little pub.
BlairExceptional04 Mar 2010 Introduced my brother to this and I think it rocked his world. He never wants to drink wine again, just replace it with this. I'd agree with him.
BlairExceptional22 Dec 2009 Just amazing, so rich and flavoursome. Raisins adn other dark fruit dominate, wow.
AndrewExceptional10 Oct 2009 Ok, I've only had a few sips of Ian's but hell-fire this was an unbelievable beer. I would say that it had no alcohol in it which is a fantastic testament to its quality. Molasses, raisins, Christmas cake. Hell of a beer.
IanExceptional10 Oct 2009 If I could rank this higher I would. 2004 version half pint. Must have taken me the best part of an hour to drink. During which time I went from being completely speechless to raving about how good this is. Raisins, molasses, nuts, dry oloroso sherry, it has it all. And not a hint of alcohol presence in the taste which for a barley wine shows how good this is. If you haven't been here and haven't had it. Come. You won't be disappointed. But have a pint of Hophead first.
BlairExceptional28 Apr 2009 I was given this by one of the customers. Took 3 of us an hour to get through a small glass of it. So rich and flavoursome.
BlairExceptional07 Apr 2009 Unfortunately only had a small glass of this to try, but it was sensational. It tasted like a cross between a strong ale and a sherry. Very sweet, perfect for a christmas dinner.
AndrewNot Tried17 May 2008
AndrewNot Tried31 Dec 2005
IanExceptional29 Jan 2005 Sensational barley wine with raisins and brown sugar balanced by a hoppy finish. Magnificent. Like drinking a good sherry
AndrewExceptional29 Jan 2005 Just like a sherry. Bit too strong for a session though!

White Cliffs Beer Festival 2005, Dover, Kent

IanExceptional04 Feb 2005 Took me 50 minutes to chew through a half pint. Brilliant barley wine

JW Lees (see also Lees) Harvest Ale

11.50% ABV.

We have tried this beer 21 times.

We have given this beer an average score of Excellent to Exceptional.

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