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J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale - J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd

J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest AleJ.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale

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95
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1,188 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 1188
Reviews: 787
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 14.08%


Brewed by:
J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-18-2000)
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into oversized wine glass. Special bottle from 1988 pulled out of the Lord Hobo cellar for Zwanze Day 2012!! Bottled a year before I was born over 23 years ago!

A- Pours a fairly still dark slightly brown cherry that is mostly opaque. Not much carbonation or head.

S- Fairly sweet and very aromatic with scents of maple syrup, dark fruits, figs, prunes, and some mustiness from age. This smelled like a fine port and has held up amazing with age. Definitely some oxidation but nothing that subtracts from the aroma.

T- Dark fruits, some figs, a tiny bit of prunes, maple syrup, some light mustiness, definite oxidation but if anything adds a little bit to the taste, tastes more like a fine port then a beer.

M- Not much carbonation, smooth, easy drinking.

O- This was definitely a treat that held up amazingly well with time. There was some oxidation and not much carbonation, but neither of those took away from the overall taste. There were a lot of great dark fruit tastes going on that balanced very well with a sweet maple syrup quality. I definitely enjoyed drinking this beer and it's one of the best English barleywines I've had. I definitely recommend laying one down in your cellar and trying it again in a decade.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 05:12:04 | More by jaasen64
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Rollzroyce21

California

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1000th rate/review! Woot wooot!

2010 vintage purchased at Warehouse Liquors in Chicago not long before it was consumed. Do not know aging conditions.

11.2 oz. bottle poured into Lost Abbey teku on 12-Apr-14 (aged for about 4 years; 2nd daughter's first birthday)

Must be noted that I unintentionally poured a lot of sediment into the glass. Had to let the glass sit and let it settle and took quite a bit of time, about an hour, in order to clear up the upper half of the glass. So getting some of the sediment into the aroma and flavor was unavoidable. Made it much more bitter than it should, but I was still able to enjoy the toffee and caramel sweetness that wasn't cloying at all and the warm, toasted oak. Notes of dark fruits with hints of coconut. Low to medium level of carbo and mouthfeel was slightly more viscous than other BW's in general.

Overall, a nicely aged barleywine that I'd love to revisit if given the chance. I wanna say a little more age would do nicely.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 14:00:40 | More by Rollzroyce21
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TheSleepyMonkey

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-16-2014 18:47:37 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

04-14-2014 01:10:09 | More by Fettpopps
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jeff1973

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

04-04-2014 03:03:36 | More by jeff1973
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Griffith

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-03-2014 01:41:24 | More by Griffith
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cdean801

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

04-02-2014 03:42:29 | More by cdean801
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12%

04-02-2014 02:21:48 | More by Gonzoillini
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brudz2134

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-29-2014 01:12:22 | More by brudz2134
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bnes09

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light caramel color. Mostly opaque. Weak head. No retention or lacing.

Sweet, dark fruit aroma.

Deep malt flavor, figs and dates mainly. Hint of roasted almonds. Super sweet character overall. No hops to be found.

Dense, syrupy texture. Weak carbonation.

Decent flavor. Just way too sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 02:14:08 | More by bnes09
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afsdan

Colorado

5/5  rDev +17.4%

03-22-2014 21:39:43 | More by afsdan
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MNMike

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -12%

03-20-2014 02:51:17 | More by MNMike
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at Columbia Ale House in a tulip

A-Pour was cloudy orange/brown with LOTS of sediment. Thin head that stayed thought drinking. Decent lacing.

S-Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruit, raisin, caramel.

T-Taste started sweet and transitioned to tart.

M-Mouthfeel was buttery/oily and full with a lively subtle carbonation.

O-Overall a great barleywine a must get.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2014 12:31:22 | More by reebtaerG
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Buckeye982

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.1%

03-18-2014 01:48:30 | More by Buckeye982
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky brown. It's not pretty, but it's on style, so can't be too hard on it. Thin film, showing some carbonation, which is promising.

Sweet nose. Aroma of apple pie, honey.

As expected from the nose. Calvados flavours, dates, and just a bit of spice, cinnamon-like. Slightly woody. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen, just a tingle in the finish.

A classic for a reason.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 00:08:56 | More by CanuckRover
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AgentMunky

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

03-10-2014 05:51:13 | More by AgentMunky
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

03-10-2014 03:02:03 | More by justinm4bama
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

Appearance - A golden brown color with sediment floating near the bottom of the glass. The sediment almost looks like fresh wheat.

Smell - The sweetness in the aroma is intense. Laying a backbone to the sweetness are some wood based notes.

Taste - This is a near perfect English barleywine. The first impression I have is, "this is like drinking caramel." The sweetness is amazing, but it is paired with oak, sweet fruits, and hints of malts. I wish it was a little thicker to allow the aftertaste to linger a little longer. For an 11%, there is little burn. The sweetness leans toward dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel - I wanted this to be a little thicker so it could last longer.

Overall - I wish this came in bigger bottles. Though if it did come in bigger bottles, the night could end badly for me. Love this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 13:48:15 | More by JohnnyHopps
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chuckv

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-08-2014 10:50:12 | More by chuckv
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heysuz

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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brittanylicious

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-06-2014 03:02:58 | More by bulldogg915
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July2Nov

Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-05-2014 22:33:29 | More by July2Nov
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Roy1586

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-05-2014 04:20:04 | More by Roy1586
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

02-26-2014 00:48:00 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
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