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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

1,236 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,236
Reviews: 794
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 208
Gots: 179 | 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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Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Fettpopps, Apr 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

jeff1973, Apr 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Griffith, Apr 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

cdean801, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Gonzoillini, Apr 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

brudz2134, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of bnes09
3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light caramel color. Mostly opaque. Weak head. No retention or lacing.

Sweet, dark fruit aroma.

Deep malt flavor, figs and dates mainly. Hint of roasted almonds. Super sweet character overall. No hops to be found.

Dense, syrupy texture. Weak carbonation.

Decent flavor. Just way too sweet for me.

bnes09, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of afsdan
5/5  rDev +17.6%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of MNMike
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

MNMike, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of reebtaerG
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at Columbia Ale House in a tulip

A-Pour was cloudy orange/brown with LOTS of sediment. Thin head that stayed thought drinking. Decent lacing.

S-Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruit, raisin, caramel.

T-Taste started sweet and transitioned to tart.

M-Mouthfeel was buttery/oily and full with a lively subtle carbonation.

O-Overall a great barleywine a must get.

reebtaerG, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Buckeye982
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Buckeye982, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of CanuckRover
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky brown. It's not pretty, but it's on style, so can't be too hard on it. Thin film, showing some carbonation, which is promising.

Sweet nose. Aroma of apple pie, honey.

As expected from the nose. Calvados flavours, dates, and just a bit of spice, cinnamon-like. Slightly woody. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen, just a tingle in the finish.

A classic for a reason.

CanuckRover, Mar 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

AgentMunky, Mar 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

justinm4bama, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

Appearance - A golden brown color with sediment floating near the bottom of the glass. The sediment almost looks like fresh wheat.

Smell - The sweetness in the aroma is intense. Laying a backbone to the sweetness are some wood based notes.

Taste - This is a near perfect English barleywine. The first impression I have is, "this is like drinking caramel." The sweetness is amazing, but it is paired with oak, sweet fruits, and hints of malts. I wish it was a little thicker to allow the aftertaste to linger a little longer. For an 11%, there is little burn. The sweetness leans toward dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel - I wanted this to be a little thicker so it could last longer.

Overall - I wish this came in bigger bottles. Though if it did come in bigger bottles, the night could end badly for me. Love this stuff.

JohnnyHopps, Mar 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

chuckv, Mar 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

heysuz, Mar 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

brittanylicious, Mar 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

July2Nov, Mar 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Roy1586, Mar 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

davidwhatshisnam, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of KevBot89
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 edition

Appearance: opaque copper/brown, large cream head that dissipates rather quickly

Smell: rich malt, woody/spicy hops

Taste: a lot of malt flavor. rich, dark fruits, light earthy tones. finishes with a caramel/biscuit flavor lingers at length afterwards

Mouthfeel: thick, heavy, moderate carbonation.

Overal: the aroma matches the taste for the most part. Picked up more earthy hops on the back of the palate that I couldn't detect with the scent. Nice bittersweet and caramel finish after beginning with tons of malt and dark fruit flavors.

KevBot89, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

tdm168, Feb 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

emilylee, Feb 17, 2014
J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
95 out of 100 based on 1,236 ratings.