J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale - J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
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4.64/5 rDev +9.2%
2000 Vintage. 275 ml bottle poured into snifter, very excited to try this one.
Pours dark reddish brown, no murkiness, very little sediment. Leaves lacing and has a very quickly dissipating pinky sized head.
Nose is strongly of sherry, very very slight alcohol presence. I think there would be more to say, but I have a poor sense of smell.
Up front is the butterscotchy sherry flavor, dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar. Possibly a slight tobacco note in there that I didn't expect.
Mouthfeel is not particularly thick, leaves a coating of flavor on your tongue and lips which is pleasant.
This is a wonderful beer. I spent 8.50 on it and I was satisfied. Definitely a sweet sipper for a special occasion. I haven't had this before now but I suspect the age did this beer wonders. Very satisfying.
05-23-2014 21:52:55 | More by SnifterLifter
4.76/5 rDev +12%
Look: A beautiful reddish orange color. Almost like a honey color. I poured it straight out and it developed a nice head that went away immediately.
Smell: Sweet, dried fruit.
Taste: Follows the smell. I've been sipping on this 750 ml for about an hour and a half, so it has changed as it has warmed (and as I have warmed). Rich malty sweetness that is in line with dried fruits. The booze is well hidden. This is not a terribly carbonated beer but it does go down easy. I am glad I bought two more bottles to age!
Overall: If you like sweeter barleywines, quads and dopplebocks, do yourself a favor and grab this!
05-19-2014 00:50:21 | More by DerelictPI
2.29/5 rDev -46.1%
Purchased three bottles: 2008, 2007, 2006 a couple years back and have aged them in my proper beer cellar since then. Cracked them all open last night. All three were flat, overly sweet, and metallic tasting. They did not age well at all. I bought them at a decent price, so no big loss. But I expected more since this was a beer that the label says can be laid down for years.
05-07-2014 13:58:32 | More by morebeergood
4.09/5 rDev -3.8%
Bottle from Tipples, 11-2012 release. Pours murky reddish orange as all the versions do, with essentially no head at all on top. Beautiful aroma of toffee, figs, pears, plums, sweet caramel. Smells rich and sweet. Flavor is a beautiful nutty toffee fruit flavor. Pecans and caramel galore with an extra sweet fruit character like pears and figs. Really nice. Sweet full mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. A very nice beer.
04-21-2014 23:24:00 | More by BMMillsy
4.16/5 rDev -2.1%
1000th rate/review! Woot wooot!
2010 vintage purchased at Warehouse Liquors in Chicago not long before it was consumed. Do not know aging conditions.
11.2 oz. bottle poured into Lost Abbey teku on 12-Apr-14 (aged for about 4 years; 2nd daughter's first birthday)
Must be noted that I unintentionally poured a lot of sediment into the glass. Had to let the glass sit and let it settle and took quite a bit of time, about an hour, in order to clear up the upper half of the glass. So getting some of the sediment into the aroma and flavor was unavoidable. Made it much more bitter than it should, but I was still able to enjoy the toffee and caramel sweetness that wasn't cloying at all and the warm, toasted oak. Notes of dark fruits with hints of coconut. Low to medium level of carbo and mouthfeel was slightly more viscous than other BW's in general.
Overall, a nicely aged barleywine that I'd love to revisit if given the chance. I wanna say a little more age would do nicely.
04-18-2014 14:00:40 | More by Rollzroyce21
J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
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