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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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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,228 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,228
Reviews: 794
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 211
Gots: 177 | FT: 12
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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Syracuse12

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-18-2014 19:26:49 | More by Syracuse12
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Bilco

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07-01-2014 02:45:48 | More by Bilco
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Dougwillhike

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05-07-2014 16:38:31 | More by Dougwillhike
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jakewatt135

Oregon

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08-11-2014 21:03:21 | More by jakewatt135
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Matagal

Brazil

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03-21-2013 01:16:23 | More by Matagal
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Tjvan2

Iowa

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02-12-2013 19:00:09 | More by Tjvan2
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Luk13

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01-22-2013 00:13:33 | More by Luk13
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atone315

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05-23-2012 12:56:56 | More by atone315
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alelover

Michigan

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08-03-2013 23:19:40 | More by alelover
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Bobbydigi

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Maillard

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zrab11

Indiana

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jsurfs82

Ohio

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04-07-2012 19:12:30 | More by jsurfs82
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

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1988 vintage.

It keeps going through my mind...I'm drinking sixteen year old beer. My oldest beer sampled to date, wow. Loads of very tiny sediment floating in the brew, ruby/amber/mahogany colored with absolutely no head or anything resembling carbonation. Aroma is exquisite...notes of vanilla, port wine, sherry, brown sugar, cherries, and alcohol. Wow, complexity in the nose for sure. Flavor is very sweet the whole way through. Hops are not much of a factor at this point, but it retains a nice, rich maltiness. Candy-like sweetness and warming alcohol take over the aftertaste. Chunks of sediment remaining in the bottle are HUGE. This bottle may be past its prime, but its quite delicious right now. Very impressive. I feel as though I am not worthy?

03-28-2004 03:07:15 | More by IrishRedRock
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev 0%

1998 bottle - a 10-year old brew!

Pours a thick, murky orange-brown, with a very nice head.

Smells rich, caramel and syrupy.

Taste does all sorts of things. Sweet and ripe overall, with a caramel/maple syrup flavor. Tastes a heck of a lot like raisin bread as well. Some alcohol in the background somewhere. Very complex and dynamic.

Mouthfeel smooth and viscous.

Definitely one to be slipped slowly. Drinkability hampered a bit due to sweetness and thickness, I wouldn't want any more than they put in the small bottle. This was quite the experience though. I won't be buying another one soon due to the price (almost a dollar an ounce!), but certainly a very nice English barleywine here.

07-23-2008 02:02:12 | More by Strix
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closisinthehouse

Florida

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robwestcott

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InspectorBob

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DogFood11

California

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Poured into a snifter it forms a thin cover of loose bubbled head. Alcohol kills the lace and not a surprise at all. Orange body with carbonation that sticks to the side of the glass. This is the 2005 version of a long standing release.

Lots of syrupy type sweetness. Honey, and caramel are the most prominent of the bunch. Its actually pretty easy on the palate for such a humongous brew. In fact I dare to say this is highly drinkable. Very complex yet delicate on the palate. Yes, the alcohol is evident but it has a way of mixing in with the brew just right. Dark fruits, figs and another blast of sweetened syrup come in towards the end. Hops are somewhat lost in this but they make an appearance and are on the "unrefined" side of the house which once again fits nicely.

Notes: Its probably the best English Barley Wine I've had to date. However, the price will keep me from going this way very often. $9 bucks for a 9oz sample is steep for any beer. I'm glad I had a chance to sample this. In my opinion it lives up to its reputation in spades even if I won't seek it out anytime soon.

01-12-2007 05:12:02 | More by DogFood11
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2dogbrew

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jdubjacket

Georgia

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1999 Vintage.

Pours a ruby red with a slight head. Smell is very sweet. Alot of plums and alcohol in the nose. Taste is very complex. Hard to pick out everything. Sugar, malts, alcohol, and fruit comes out. Not sure how drinkable this would be since it really packs a punch. Definitely an outstanding beer though. Glad I picked it up.

03-05-2008 00:19:26 | More by jdubjacket
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tbeer40

New Jersey

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06-03-2012 18:23:25 | More by tbeer40
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

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02-05-2013 06:42:37 | More by Kopfschuss
J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
95 out of 100 based on 1,228 ratings.