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

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1,244 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,244
Reviews: 794
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 213
Gots: 182 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

brycevolk, Mar 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

jcugafsu, Jul 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

heff316, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Georgiabeer, Mar 10, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Casterbridge, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

millelacsmark, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

MikeytotheB, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Slatetank, May 13, 2013
Photo of DerBayer
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.

DerBayer, Oct 06, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

lupercmda, Feb 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

bschinelli, Jan 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

tbone1384, Aug 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

TheBeerAlmanac, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

unclekeith, May 24, 2014
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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.

Donnie2112, Jun 13, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

bsuedekum, Nov 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Jamison85, Apr 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

chuckv, Mar 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

patm1986, Jan 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

unclederby, Aug 05, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Tom-Peters, May 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1999 vintage. Wow, nice gunsmoke upon opening the bottle. Dark pour and even plenty of foam! When they say these beers age well, they aren't kidding!

Aroma is actually kind of a letdown. It smells like alcoholic raisins and not too much else. Port. I was expecting thicker aroma.

Well holy crap. To say this beer aged well is an understatement. The flavor here goes on and on. Maple, whiskey molasses up front, a lot of pipe tobacco, mint and black licorice in the middle, and I'll be damned, a fair bit of earthy hop bitterness in the end after all these years. This is nice. NO f'ing alcohol burn at all! At 11.5%! A sweet, awesome barleywine. Deserves its rating.

Mouthfeel is thick and luxurious with just the right amount of carbonation. Exceptional to say the least.

Awesome. If you have 1999s, check in. I don't see how they could possibly drink any better. I tend to be an aged-beer skeptic, but this is pretty impressive.

Patrick999, Oct 29, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

meerkat2, Dec 01, 2011
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

deapokid, Nov 25, 2011
J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
95 out of 100 based on 1,244 ratings.