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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

1,218 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,218
Reviews: 793
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 202
Gots: 171 | 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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emalc

Michigan

2/5  rDev -52.9%

06-01-2014 20:27:02 | More by emalc
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FLima

Brazil

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2006, finally! I could not wait more, but anyway it should be excellent by now. Let's see if it holds true against my expectations...
Brown ochre color with an almost inexistent head, so far no sediments. Almost showing some lacrima effect falling down the glass.
Wonderful aroma of Port wine, lots of high grade cocoa chocolate, licorice, molasses, oak, dry fruits, a hint of cinnamon and plums. I could mistake this by a chocolate panettone. I cannot get tire of sniffing this.
Surprisingly, flavor doesn’t entirely follow nose. Some new slightly smoked notes of charred wood or even tobacco. Also, molasses, very subtle earthy English hops, Port Wine, walnut, coconut, figs, cinnamon, prunes, apple juice, pears, licorice and maple syrup. Maybe some pleasant musty. Dry and sticky aftertaste with residual notes that mutates a bit.
Liquorish body with a very low carbonation, but it is still there. Alcohol of 11.5% abv is much better hidden than a bottle of wine given its malty body.
Extraordinaire beer, a sweet malty sipper with great complexity. Bold but still mellow. Highly recommended if you are into Barley Wines. This was in perfect condition after roughly eight years, I can’t wait trying one much younger and another one older.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2014 01:10:28 | More by FLima
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-27-2014 17:35:12 | More by OregonGrown7
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unclekeith

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-24-2014 03:24:23 | More by unclekeith
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SnifterLifter

New York

4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2000 Vintage. 275 ml bottle poured into snifter, very excited to try this one.

Pours dark reddish brown, no murkiness, very little sediment. Leaves lacing and has a very quickly dissipating pinky sized head.

Nose is strongly of sherry, very very slight alcohol presence. I think there would be more to say, but I have a poor sense of smell.

Up front is the butterscotchy sherry flavor, dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar. Possibly a slight tobacco note in there that I didn't expect.

Mouthfeel is not particularly thick, leaves a coating of flavor on your tongue and lips which is pleasant.

This is a wonderful beer. I spent 8.50 on it and I was satisfied. Definitely a sweet sipper for a special occasion. I haven't had this before now but I suspect the age did this beer wonders. Very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 21:52:55 | More by SnifterLifter
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DerelictPI

New York

4.76/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage.

Look: A beautiful reddish orange color. Almost like a honey color. I poured it straight out and it developed a nice head that went away immediately.

Smell: Sweet, dried fruit.

Taste: Follows the smell. I've been sipping on this 750 ml for about an hour and a half, so it has changed as it has warmed (and as I have warmed). Rich malty sweetness that is in line with dried fruits. The booze is well hidden. This is not a terribly carbonated beer but it does go down easy. I am glad I bought two more bottles to age!

Overall: If you like sweeter barleywines, quads and dopplebocks, do yourself a favor and grab this!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2014 00:50:21 | More by DerelictPI
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cultclassic89

Texas

3/5  rDev -29.4%

05-15-2014 04:30:18 | More by cultclassic89
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seangibbs60

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-12-2014 05:04:32 | More by seangibbs60
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kybeerdrinker

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

05-11-2014 18:37:09 | More by kybeerdrinker
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-11-2014 01:24:37 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Dougwillhike

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-07-2014 16:38:31 | More by Dougwillhike
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

2.29/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Purchased three bottles: 2008, 2007, 2006 a couple years back and have aged them in my proper beer cellar since then. Cracked them all open last night. All three were flat, overly sweet, and metallic tasting. They did not age well at all. I bought them at a decent price, so no big loss. But I expected more since this was a beer that the label says can be laid down for years.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2014 13:58:32 | More by morebeergood
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-05-2014 13:10:55 | More by InspectorBob
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psumjl269

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-02-2014 23:36:07 | More by psumjl269
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Joey_M

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-27-2014 03:35:16 | More by Joey_M
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anabar

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

04-24-2014 18:34:01 | More by anabar
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Jamison85

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-24-2014 17:18:00 | More by Jamison85
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Tipples, 11-2012 release. Pours murky reddish orange as all the versions do, with essentially no head at all on top. Beautiful aroma of toffee, figs, pears, plums, sweet caramel. Smells rich and sweet. Flavor is a beautiful nutty toffee fruit flavor. Pecans and caramel galore with an extra sweet fruit character like pears and figs. Really nice. Sweet full mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 23:24:00 | More by BMMillsy
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ScottP

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +17.6%

04-21-2014 00:09:59 | More by ScottP
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-19-2014 23:21:52 | More by sludgegnome
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Rollzroyce21

California

4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1000th rate/review! Woot wooot!

2010 vintage purchased at Warehouse Liquors in Chicago not long before it was consumed. Do not know aging conditions.

11.2 oz. bottle poured into Lost Abbey teku on 12-Apr-14 (aged for about 4 years; 2nd daughter's first birthday)

Must be noted that I unintentionally poured a lot of sediment into the glass. Had to let the glass sit and let it settle and took quite a bit of time, about an hour, in order to clear up the upper half of the glass. So getting some of the sediment into the aroma and flavor was unavoidable. Made it much more bitter than it should, but I was still able to enjoy the toffee and caramel sweetness that wasn't cloying at all and the warm, toasted oak. Notes of dark fruits with hints of coconut. Low to medium level of carbo and mouthfeel was slightly more viscous than other BW's in general.

Overall, a nicely aged barleywine that I'd love to revisit if given the chance. I wanna say a little more age would do nicely.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 14:00:40 | More by Rollzroyce21
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TheSleepyMonkey

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-16-2014 18:47:37 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

04-14-2014 01:10:09 | More by Fettpopps
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jeff1973

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

04-04-2014 03:03:36 | More by jeff1973
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Griffith

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-03-2014 01:41:24 | More by Griffith
J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
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