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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

1,228 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,228
Reviews: 794
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 211
Gots: 176 | FT: 12
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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MNMike

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

03-20-2014 02:51:17 | More by MNMike
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%

Had on draft at Columbia Ale House in a tulip

A-Pour was cloudy orange/brown with LOTS of sediment. Thin head that stayed thought drinking. Decent lacing.

S-Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruit, raisin, caramel.

T-Taste started sweet and transitioned to tart.

M-Mouthfeel was buttery/oily and full with a lively subtle carbonation.

O-Overall a great barleywine a must get.

03-19-2014 12:31:22 | More by reebtaerG
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Buckeye982

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-18-2014 01:48:30 | More by Buckeye982
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a murky brown. It's not pretty, but it's on style, so can't be too hard on it. Thin film, showing some carbonation, which is promising.

Sweet nose. Aroma of apple pie, honey.

As expected from the nose. Calvados flavours, dates, and just a bit of spice, cinnamon-like. Slightly woody. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen, just a tingle in the finish.

A classic for a reason.

03-13-2014 00:08:56 | More by CanuckRover
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AgentMunky

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

03-10-2014 05:51:13 | More by AgentMunky
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

03-10-2014 03:02:03 | More by justinm4bama
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.61/5  rDev +8.5%

2008 vintage

Appearance - A golden brown color with sediment floating near the bottom of the glass. The sediment almost looks like fresh wheat.

Smell - The sweetness in the aroma is intense. Laying a backbone to the sweetness are some wood based notes.

Taste - This is a near perfect English barleywine. The first impression I have is, "this is like drinking caramel." The sweetness is amazing, but it is paired with oak, sweet fruits, and hints of malts. I wish it was a little thicker to allow the aftertaste to linger a little longer. For an 11%, there is little burn. The sweetness leans toward dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel - I wanted this to be a little thicker so it could last longer.

Overall - I wish this came in bigger bottles. Though if it did come in bigger bottles, the night could end badly for me. Love this stuff.

03-08-2014 13:48:15 | More by JohnnyHopps
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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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heysuz

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

03-07-2014 23:09:59 | More by heysuz
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brittanylicious

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

03-07-2014 23:07:43 | More by brittanylicious
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-06-2014 03:02:58 | More by bulldogg915
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July2Nov

Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-05-2014 22:33:29 | More by July2Nov
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Roy1586

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-05-2014 04:20:04 | More by Roy1586
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

02-26-2014 00:48:00 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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KevBot89

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%

2011 edition

Appearance: opaque copper/brown, large cream head that dissipates rather quickly

Smell: rich malt, woody/spicy hops

Taste: a lot of malt flavor. rich, dark fruits, light earthy tones. finishes with a caramel/biscuit flavor lingers at length afterwards

Mouthfeel: thick, heavy, moderate carbonation.

Overal: the aroma matches the taste for the most part. Picked up more earthy hops on the back of the palate that I couldn't detect with the scent. Nice bittersweet and caramel finish after beginning with tons of malt and dark fruit flavors.

02-21-2014 01:29:02 | More by KevBot89
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-20-2014 15:47:18 | More by tdm168
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emilylee

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-17-2014 05:33:52 | More by emilylee
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robwestcott

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-14-2014 16:09:45 | More by robwestcott
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jeffwright

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-13-2014 01:20:06 | More by jeffwright
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-12-2014 04:16:09 | More by Axnjxn
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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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wburch1967

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.6%

02-09-2014 19:26:01 | More by wburch1967
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.11/5  rDev -3.3%

2012

I love the color in this Barleywine as it has a wine like texture and a cloudy rusty amber hue. Perhaps its the age but the head was virtually non-existent.

The aroma keeps in the barley vein as the barley maltiness is strongest but then a rich dried fruit scent becomes apparent. Date and fig seem more prevalent at the end.

The flavor is strongly malty, earthy and musty with caramel malt, a dry nutty and biscuity flavor. This ends with wine like alcohols and dried prunes.

This is very thick in feel with a bit of alcohol bite but no alcohol warmth.

This is my first try at this Barley wine and am interested in how it evolves from year to year.

02-08-2014 22:11:19 | More by KYGunner
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Abrahammer

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-06-2014 09:02:38 | More by Abrahammer
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-03-2014 19:06:57 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
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