Beer Information and Tasting Notes

JW Lees Harvest Ales 2008

JW Lees Harvest Ales 2008

Brand
JW Lees
Expression
Harvest Ales 2008
Category
Dark Ale
Style
Barley Wine
Abv
11.50%
Produced at
JW Lees & Co Ltd
Country
England

By Jeff Evans

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Nose
Heady aroma of sherry and light toffee, with red berry and sultana notes emerging as the beer warms in the glass.
Palate
Sweet and sherry-like with an almost syrupy, sultana-grape flavour. Soft caramel hides in the background while bursts of Cointreau-like orange freshen up the palate. Alcohol vapours are present but not unpleasant.
Finish
Gently warming on the swallow. There's an unusual, slightly burnt grain note, but it's still mostly sweet, with caramel, dried fruits, oranges and a slowly building hop bitterness and dryness.
Comment
A complex, orange-golden ale that offers something new with every sip. A year old but still on the sweet side.