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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

1,221 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 793
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 205
Gots: 173 | 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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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1999 vintage from Super Market Liquors in Ft. Collins. $9.50. 275ml bottle into my Odell flute glass.

A: Pours a mellow brown color with a sand colored head about a quarter of an inch thick or so that has receded to a ring of bubbles around the edges and a thin cap in the middle. Surprisingly clear. Lots of amber colored accents towards the edges of the glass. Looks stellar.

S: Caramel malt profile and a very pronounced sweetness, smells almost syrupy, maybe molasses, there are also some over ripe fruit smells, I get cherries, and just a hint of alcohol as well. Overall very complex, and not as ragingly boozey as I have heard this beer can be. Smell is complex and welcoming. Excellent.

T: Wow, this is incredible. The malt profile of this beer is insanely deep. So many layers, the initial caramel and brown sugar, some notes of molasses, I get some notes of oatmeal raisin cookies as well. Has a slightly rum like quality to it as well. The flavors of golden raisins really lingers on the tongue. Absolutely spectacular. The last 11 years have treated this exceptionally, and there is almost no alcohol presence in the flavor. Fantastic beer.

M: Thick with a velvety smooth carbonation, slightly warm alcohol on the way down, and a nice bit of dryness from the alcohol in the mouth.

D: Well, the alcohol note definitely is not there for such a high abv beer, and the flavors are phenomenal. I would have a hard time saying no to a second, or third serving of this. An absolutely phenomenal beer. Highly recommended. I'm glad I have a few more different vintages of this, and I am excited to let them mature past the 11 year mark. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 21:20:55 | More by pokesbeerdude
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SuperCutePanda

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-12-2013 18:48:10 | More by SuperCutePanda
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tkarsies

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +5.9%

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

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +5.9%

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

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +5.9%

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

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-03-2014 19:06:57 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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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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Donnie2112

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +5.9%

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

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-21-2013 16:24:55 | More by patm1986
J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
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