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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

1,230 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,230
Reviews: 794
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 211
Gots: 180 | 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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Ratings: 1,230 | Reviews: 794 | Display Reviews Only:
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-07-2013 17:23:45 | More by BillRoth
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jono0101

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

12-06-2013 18:11:03 | More by jono0101
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-03-2013 04:12:13 | More by jaydoc
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-27-2013 21:25:58 | More by rodlavers
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RichardMNixon

Pennsylvania

1.86/5  rDev -56.2%

Second one of these I had from the 2011 vintage, and the second was worse than the first.

Looks fine in the glass, light carbonation. Has a pleasant smell of malt I'd expect from a barleywine. The taste starts there, with nice notes of sherry and fig. From there it goes to smokey and leathery notes and finally leaves you with what I imagine licking an ash tray must taste like. Couldn't finish the bottle.

11-26-2013 03:00:57 | More by RichardMNixon
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

11-24-2013 22:38:01 | More by Chugs13
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

11-23-2013 11:01:42 | More by zestar
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-23-2013 02:07:27 | More by savagepm
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Tertullian007

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

11-22-2013 03:19:22 | More by Tertullian007
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mtrog313

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-21-2013 23:58:29 | More by mtrog313
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N3ptune

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-21-2013 00:05:28 | More by N3ptune
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mikecharley

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

11-19-2013 14:41:10 | More by mikecharley
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bbrown12

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-18-2013 20:50:51 | More by bbrown12
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kdb150

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

11-18-2013 20:03:30 | More by kdb150
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

11-15-2013 13:48:26 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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HereforBeer

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

11-14-2013 20:02:41 | More by HereforBeer
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

11-14-2013 16:46:28 | More by tom10101
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-12-2013 02:25:19 | More by yourefragile
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-10-2013 22:57:25 | More by Cynic-ale
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Danny1217

Florida

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%

2010 vintage.

Pours light brown. Very little foam or lacing.
Smells of toffee, caramel, dark fruits, maple, and honey. A touch boozy, but that is expected by the strength.
Tastes of maple, caramel, toffee, honey, dark fruits, slightly smokey, bread-like. Slightly musty. Very sweet, slightly vinous. Almost like a port wine. Very low carbonation, medium-full body. Great sipping beer.

An astonishingly complex beer, though perhaps a touch sweet for my tastes. Would work well as an after dinner drink, perhaps even splitting the small bottle between two people. I had the last few ounces with a cigar, which worked very well and I highly recommend.

11-10-2013 18:06:10 | More by Danny1217
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ArsMoriendiOU818

New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-06-2013 01:04:08 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
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maketheheartglad

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +15.3%

My wife surprised me with this incredible beer when I came home from work one day. But, the special thing is the greatness of my wife.

This beer looks like dark honey. I would like to say it smells like a scotch, but I'm not really familiar with scotch (unfortunately). It smells malty and manifold. I can taste pear and other fruits, but I wish I could pick them out. The alcohol is definitely perceived, but gracefully so.

This beer is is so different than any other beers I've had. I've only had an american barleywine, and it didn't really impress me. I prefer malty ales, so I figured that I would prefer English Barleywines. This was my first, and it will be hard to beat.

11-05-2013 01:05:48 | More by maketheheartglad
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leitmotif

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-03-2013 20:26:43 | More by leitmotif
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azorie

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

10-31-2013 15:42:09 | More by azorie
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nharres

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%

10-30-2013 21:06:14 | More by nharres
J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
95 out of 100 based on 1,230 ratings.