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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

1,219 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,219
Reviews: 793
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 204
Gots: 172 | 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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tkarsies

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1999 Vintage

Served cool in my Westy chalice. Allowed to warm over about an hour while drinking.

A: Dark brown, murky. Thin tan head. Can't see carbonation. Like a barleywine should look.

S: Smells rich, sweet, malty. Maybe a hint of alcohol in the nose but this is masked well by the other aromas. I have read reviews talking about leather and tobacco aromas/flavors with skepticism, but I'm pretty sure I can pick up these as I sniff. Very nice. Makes me want to dive in.

T: Wow. Again, the word "rich" comes to mind. Very malt forward, with brown sugar and fruits such as plums and raisins. Slight bitterness from the hops but this is not prominent at all. Don't know how this was new but this is currently complex malty goodness.

M: Thick, creamy, smooth. Minimal carbonation at this age.

D: A good sipper. Don't notice any alcohol although I feel it a bit near the end. This bottle must have been stored well because it is aged to perfection. Great nightcap. Great beer experience. Great example of how beer can have the complexity and aging potential of wine. A real treat and something I will have to try again, both this vintage as well as others.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 02:38:41 | More by tkarsies
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budare


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

10-07-2012 02:35:46 | More by budare
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-22-2013 17:43:34 | More by thebouch01
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beerpadawan

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-27-2012 02:38:38 | More by beerpadawan
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brycevolk

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-18-2013 20:05:59 | More by brycevolk
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jcugafsu

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-26-2014 01:11:17 | More by jcugafsu
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heff316

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-22-2012 02:48:14 | More by heff316
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2000 vintage. Wonderful dark amber with a thin head. Smell is heavy with malt and a touch of soy. Overripe fruit and a whiff of earming alcohol. The flavor is rich with sugars and warming alcohol and rich malt. No hint of soy in the flavor,just big brandyish fruit flavors and honeyed malt. Utterly delicious and meant for a snifter after dinner. Very rich and creamy mouthfeel, but not sticky at all- floats on the palate. Dry and drinkable by this point, but big and rich as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 00:05:27 | More by Georgiabeer
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Casterbridge

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-25-2012 14:51:06 | More by Casterbridge
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-15-2011 18:03:43 | More by millelacsmark
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MikeytotheB

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-27-2012 23:29:01 | More by MikeytotheB
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-13-2013 18:43:41 | More by Slatetank
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DerBayer

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally a close competitor for the mighty Aventinus Eisbock albeit different in style. I like the complex malt profile with lots of fruity and mild bitter notes.

The brew is syroupy but not cloying and surprisingly refreshing on the palate. The aftertaste of alcohol is there but not penetrant and the drinkability is very high for such a strong brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 21:58:02 | More by DerBayer
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-10-2014 19:02:30 | More by lupercmda
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bschinelli

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-11-2012 15:54:59 | More by bschinelli
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-10-2013 19:50:49 | More by tbone1384
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-03-2014 19:06:57 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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unclekeith

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-24-2014 03:24:23 | More by unclekeith
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Donnie2112

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle of 2K6 in an oversized wine glass

appearance: dark brownish with a bunch of tiny little bubbles and tons of chunks of lees that inevitably get spilled into the bottle

smell: rummy molasses, incredibly rich

taste: rich dark malts, tons of carmelized sugars in this one. a bit of alcohol burn in there but it's subtle

mouthfeel: this is the interesting part, it's thick and oily, so incredibly full bodied, the carbonation is smooth and extremely light but still there

drinkability: it's drinkable but you're not going to drink any more then say two? I mean I can't imagine drinking a four or sixer of this stuff it's just too rich. Granted that's not the usual drinkability standard that I would apply to a barleywine, so I'll say. It's certainly not offensive but it doesn't really snap either. Maybe I just need to start drinking older barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 04:44:31 | More by Donnie2112
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-07-2012 04:59:16 | More by bsuedekum
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Jamison85

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-08-2014 10:50:12 | More by chuckv
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patm1986

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-21-2013 16:24:55 | More by patm1986
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unclederby

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2000 vintage... Poured vigorously into a tulip.
Medium amber in color, this ale poured with very little head.
Smell is sweet with notes of bourbon, caramel, raisins, vanilla, molasses and butter. The taste brings all of the bouquet to the fore and it's rich without being cloying really. I'm getting a heavy dose of cherry too. Mouthfeel is full and syrupy and quite satisfying. This is so tasty that i need to slow down... i'm drinking it too fast.
Drinkibility is surprisingly good for the ABV and alcohol is only minimally perceptible; i could drink two bottles easy (before lights out) but like a fine port i'll savor one as something special.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 02:17:13 | More by unclederby
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Tom-Peters

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-13-2013 18:53:57 | More by Tom-Peters
J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
95 out of 100 based on 1,219 ratings.