Sunday, February 28, 2016

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2010

This is a 11.5% ABV vintage barleywine ale from J.W. Lees of Manchester, England. 

The beer pours a dark copper and amber in color, with warm, gem-like gleams. There is very little carbonation and no head. There are a couple of small protein floaties. The aroma is toffee, butterscotch, oxidized, yellow raisins, raisins, and sherry. The taste follows the aromas, but adds in light smokiness, tobacco, and earthiness, getting an almost celery note. The beer drinks smooth, with a very astringent, almost woody finish, and lightly bitter. I'm really not sure what to make of this. I like barleywines, but this is as aged a one as I have had. The oxidation flavors are more than I like.  

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