J.W. Lees Harvest Ale: Port 2016, English Barleywine (CAN - 8.5 oz.)
Port Barrel Aged Barleywine / England / 11.5%
Harvest Ale is a limited edition vintage barleywine, made once and once only from the first hops of the year and the very finest British malt. The beer quickly gained a cult following of ale enthusiasts who recognized its quality and relish in the different flavors each vintage brings and the evolution that comes with aging over time. In the past 29 years, the beer has grown in popularity and in some bars around the world it has gained legendary status, with older vintages. This edition is aged in casks that have been matured in Willoughby’s Crusted Port. Willoughby's Finest Reserve Port used in this brew was specially blended for Willoughby's by Peter Symington, head winemaker at the Symington Family Port Companies, owners of Dow's, Graham's, Warre's and other famous Port shipping houses. This is a "Reserve" quality Port, not of a single vintage but of a superior blend, aged for up to 5 years in wood as opposed to the 2 or 3 years usually allowed for Ruby. It is full bodied, sweet and luscious, reminiscent of the style known in the 19th century as "Blackstrap".