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

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

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1,221 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 793
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 206
Gots: 173 | FT: 11
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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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Dyan for sending me this vintage beer. Decided to share this one at La Bella this past Tuesday night. This is a 1999 Vintage.

Pours a dark copper color with, surprisingly, nearly an inch of head with fairly good retention. The head falls down to a ring which lasts for quite some time. Very lively beer for being a 10 year old barleywine.

Very vinous at first with notes of grapes, alcohol, malt, raisins, dates, dark dried cherries, and toast. As it opens up in the glass it gets fruitier and has hints of caramelized yams, brown sugar, sweet cherries, and what reminds me of toasted bread topped with honey. There's also some chocolate coming through as the beers warms up. Intoxicating aroma.

Tastes of toasted malts upfront, toffee and a little earthy chocolate in the middle, and an almond finish. Has a sweet wort flavor. Hints of maple syrup and toffee candy. I like it quite a bit but the 98' vintage I had earlier this year was just slightly better in the taste so I'm thinking this vintage could still develop more. Hardly any carbonation on the palate but it's perfect for this beer. A little syrupy and thick, coating on the tongue. Great sipping beer for a cold day.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 21:00:09 | More by seaoflament
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Harvest Ale 2012, cellar temperature in a snifter.

This barley wine has a modest one-finger white head of foam which subsides unhurriedly. The color is a marvelous brownish, brackish, deep amber orange that looks clear and gem-like, though it isn't totally translucent.

The aroma is a superb one, filled with vanilla, caramel, toffee, ripe red apples, butterscotch, raisins, cider, and lemon zest. There may be a subtle earthy, leathury oak note too. Truly a pleasure to take in.

I taste sweet fruits at first; the sweet, juicy apple mixes with dark red cherries and, surprisingly, a grape flavor that bursts more in the middle, right before the finish sets in, which is something quite special: caramel, smoky leather, and earth abound, lingering prominently with some wonderful toasted nuttiness. And all the while those sweet fruits remain light in the background.

The feel is full, substantial, and a bit sticky.

A brilliant British barley wine with distinctive fruity and nutty traits.

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Brown ochre color with an almost inexistent head, so far no sediments. Almost showing some lacrima effect falling down the glass.
Wonderful aroma of Port wine, lots of high grade cocoa chocolate, licorice, molasses, oak, dry fruits, a hint of cinnamon and plums. I could mistake this by a chocolate panettone. I cannot get tire of sniffing this.
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Extraordinaire beer, a sweet malty sipper with great complexity. Bold but still mellow. Highly recommended if you are into Barley Wines. This was in perfect condition after roughly eight years, I can’t wait trying one much younger and another one older.

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