J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Cask)

$6.49 from Merchant Package Store, Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA, USA. 50 cents more expensive than most of Atlanta.
9.3 oz bottle, 2004 Vintage.
Mill-pond still on the pour. Dark orange body with a thin ring of lace around the edge of the glass.
Exceptionally sweet (there’s no denying that) but it’s in line with the style and fits perfectly with the calvados character. Having said that, the apple presence is VERY slight, and it really only imparts a slight tartness to the beer. Without knowing there was calvados present I would have never guessed it. In fact, the acidity is almost like a tannic, bittering grape skin effect.
Warming alcohol in the finish, but absolutely perfectly balanced. The finish also reveals a little more of the fruit, but its still pretty light.
Considering its 11.5% this is off-the-charts drinkable. Amazingly quaffable and tasty beyond belief.
Not everyone will get this, but it is a perfect English BW, and in that respect it is difficult to fault.

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02/03/2008
Format:
bottle
ABV: 11.5 %
Appearance: 4.5
Taste: 5
Mouthfeel: 4.5
Smell: 4.5
Overall: 5
Total: 4.83
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