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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
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-18-2000

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2003 vintage consumed Aug. 25, '06. Hazy orange copper color with bits of small sediment suspended in the brew. It had a light tan head that vanished to nothing before long. The aroma is rich malt, dates, plums and alcohol. Thick thick oily mouth feel. There is no lack of flavor here. Starts off very sweet and a slight kalamata olive taste. About midway the strong fruit component of dates, figs and plums mixes with a wood smokiness to create a kind of maple syrup flavor. It finishes in a mild way leaving a pleasing sweetness behind. Pretty good. The Lagavulin version I enjoyed more.

12/02/06 Walk the Line Barleywine Festival, Dunedin, FL. 1998 vintage. Poured a deep amber with no head. The aroma was on the light side with sweet caramel. The body was a bit thin. The flavor brought forth lots of caramel, dark fruit, maybe some toffee and molasses.

12/02/06 Walk the Line Barleywine Festival, Dunedin, FL. 1988 vintage. Poured a clear amber color with no head. The aroma had sweet licorice and deep rich dark caramel. The flavor was delicious sweet caramel, burnt caramel and toffee. This beer is really smooth and has stood the test of time very well. Wow, 18 years old and darn tasty.

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