Beer Geek Joey completed his triumvirate of guest posts covering J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2007! He started with the regular version, moved on to the beer aged in Sherry Casks, and is finishing here with the version aged in Calvados Casks. How about telling him how awesome the series is!
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2007 Matured in Calvados Casks
the regular 2007 Harvest Ale, the version finished in calvados casks
weighs in at 11.5% abv, and comes in a 275 ml brown glass bottle.
and mango jump out at first, but are replaced by vinous alcohol, very
light caramel, and light brown sugar. Slight touch of molasses, bread
crust, and vanilla. Less depth and little raisin character, unlike the
other 2 2007 versions. Some oxidation/age, but without the rich sherry
notes of the regular.
Pours clear red-gold, again utterly devoid
of head. Yeast cake stayed intact longer than the regular, just like the
sherry cask. Fine particles loose in the very bottom, but easy to pour
around until the very end of the bottle.
A bit disappointing in
Mostly sugary sweetness and some vinous alcohol. Not really much
complexity - not a bad flavor, but mostly just sweet. Finish is rather
Again, just enough carbonation to help balance the
sweetness. Very viscous, heavy and creamy. Finish is a touch astringent,
with a bitterness that reminds me of treacle.
Less complex than
either the regular or sherry aged. Think the calvados may have
contributed to the sharpness, but still not much wood noticeable. OK,
but both the other versions are significantly more complex and