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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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1,310 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,310
Reviews: 811
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 14.15%
Wants: 231
Gots: 186 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-18-2000

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1999 Vintage.

A- Dark Amber, mahogany, with a ruby hint. Very minimal cream colored head, and a light but sticky lace.

S- Very sweet thick malty scent....brown sugar, caramel, toffee...as well as some fruit....raisin, plum, and berries.

T- The taste is as thick as the smell....brown sugar, plum(or prune), raisin....light hops balance and complement this wonderful ale.

M/D- Extremely thick, mediciney texture....very complex...and wine-like. I am definitely interested in trying some of the other vintages...possibly one that is a little more fresh.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2000 Vintage, found at my local store for $8 a bottle, figured it was a steal.

Opens with a hiss (good sign after ten years!), pours a nice cola red-brown color with about a centimeter of tan head. Sticks around for a bit. Smells of figs, raisins, cherries, rum, a bit of alcohol. Smells sweet and hearty.

A tad oxidized, but nothing terrible. I'm getting cherries, raisins, rum, and some lightly toasted bready notes. Sweet, some darker caramel notes too. Very sweet, but not sickeningly so. Nicely balanced, and well put-together.

Medium mouthfeel--very smooth. A bit of a prickle from some residual carbonation, happy that that has lasted for so long. A very enjoyable and interesting drink, a nice break from all of the DIPAs I've been having recently. Glad to try it, I might pick up a slightly younger version of this--I feel like it is just past its peak.

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J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
94 out of 100 based on 1,310 ratings.