Harvest Ale (Calvados)
Brewer: J.W. Lees
Style: English Barleywine
Aging a beer in a wooden barrel is an invitation for air to slowly seep in through the pores of the wood. In highly alcoholic beers, this micro-oxidation can soften and round out big, abrasive flavors. And with J.W. Lees’s barrel-aged Harvest Ale, the effects of oxygen are a central star. Four months of barrel aging add big sherry notes to the sweet English barleywine to compliment the coconut flavors imparted by the wood. J.W. Lees sells versions of this beer aged in Port, Calvados (apple brandy), sherry, and Lagavulin scotch barrels. If you’re choosing just one variety, go for the Calvados bottles and buy extras to age. We recently sampled a 2009 vintage that was still developing beautifully after five years of cool storage.
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