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J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale - J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,271 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,271
Reviews: 798
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 215
Gots: 184 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

tikk, Yesterday at 04:51 AM
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4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Edition. Bought at Premier Gourmet on 11/19/14. Poured into a Chimay chalice, served cool.

Look: Bronze, minimal head.

Smell: butterscotch, vanilla, pecans

Taste: grape skin, smoke, tannins, rich, nutty malts.

Feel: good

Overall: rich, complex, smoky

fx20736, Monday at 01:50 AM
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Trashcat, Sunday at 03:13 PM
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%

Note - Having the 2011 version in November 2014, on tap at UNO in Hamilton NJ.

A - Unfiltered and hazy looking orangey glowing body.

S - Honey coated apricots, marmalade. Candied tropical fruit, light caramel and malt. Fruit jam.

T - Oak barrel aged fruit spread. Sweet, fruit meat and fruit skin, dry wood, farm honey, smooth silky booze. Booze soaked fruit, rum cake, hint of biscuit. I've named mostly sweet flavors but it's never at all cloying.

M - Soft, warming medium body with light carbonation.

O - Amazing. So far this one has trumped all other barley wines that I've had.

BeerForMuscle, Nov 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

stevec32, Nov 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

ddedhed, Nov 16, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev -4%

jakea, Nov 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

SteveD082791, Nov 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

MichaelLamb, Nov 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

brpendergast85, Nov 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

whatname, Nov 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

curlybird, Nov 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

floridadrift, Nov 04, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -18.8%

tectactoe, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of Greasy
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. 275 ml poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very pretty honey color that is unlike most barleywine,. Lighter than I expected.

S: No booze for an 11.5% beer. Nutty.

T. Delicious. Not many other words to describe. Maybe some toffee. Dark fruits. Malty.

M: Pretty viscous. Thick, tongue coating. Nice.

O: If you find this in stores, do not let the smaller size deter you. Great things come in small packages. This is 9.3 ounces of awesome.

Greasy, Nov 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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...

matt_duthie, Nov 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

LeeEvolved, Nov 01, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

intovert2438, Oct 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

claspada, Oct 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

cj8311, Oct 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

AlexM, Oct 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Mikus, Oct 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

rcjennings, Oct 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

atpca, Oct 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

ZEB89, Oct 25, 2014
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J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
95 out of 100 based on 1,271 ratings.