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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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1,319 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,319
Reviews: 812
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 14.15%
Wants: 232
Gots: 189 | FT: 13
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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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2008 vintage. Noticed sediment as pouring, then afterwords saw the most concentrated yeast-beer-mix I've ever seen(eventually settled out for the most part). Smells insanely sweet of toffee and fruit. I've not had an English barleywine where the dessert-cake aspect was so intense. Massive cocoa and fruitcake and oh so much more accompany the consistent ring of lacing that follows the 9.25 oz. or whatever to the bottom of the glass. Alcohol hardly noticeable, a fine beer completely different than anything I've ever had. The one I'd recommend to illustrate the difference between an English and American take on what a barleywine ale is...

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

1998 bottle:

The beer pours a murky, reddish brown color with a thin tan head. The head has receded to a thin layer of film and little to no lace is forming on the glass.

The odor is rich and reminiscent of overripe fruit.

The taste is full and complex, very sweet—maple syrup, toffee, apricots are standouts for me.

The mouthfeel is thick with little carbonation. For a beer as sweet and thick as this is, it isn’t syrupy at all, which is pretty remarkable. Very good.

The drinkabiliy is good; it’s defiantly a slow sipper, very appropriate for the style.

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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
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