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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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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2007 poured into a Teku glass.

A- amazing color on this brew. Very uncharacteristic of the style, but definitely a beautiful straw colored hue with a tight cream colored head that stays for quite a while after pouring. It almost looks as if it was nitrogen infused. Minimal lacing present but some does stick to the glass and due to the active yeast in the bottle it has some fizziness after pouring, much like a sparkling wine/cider. Some sediment present, so be careful when pouring vintages 5 years and beyond.

S- smells of grain, malt, cane sugar, and bread. Has a nice bouquet of malty tones, some yeast, and straw. Almost detect a funkiness like brettanomyces, but not quite.

T- flavors of molasses, caramel, barley, and very biscuity. Refreshing carbonation, not too overbearing. Very smooth on the palate. No boozy alcohol aftertaste at all, which is quite impressive for an 11.5% abv beer. Quite possibly one of the best beers I've had the pleasure of consuming.

M- very smooth on the tongue. Very light, refreshing carbonation that drinks through the head and does not leave any slickness on the tongue or unpleasant feeling in the mouth. Very little to no burn from the high abv, which is yet again impressive.

O- overall, a very well rounded brew with an awesome flavor, a warming abv, but none of the unpleasant after effects of many other brews. Definitely worth aging for years to come! I have two...one I will crack open in another 5 years or so. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 07:28:46 | More by Budinetz
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

01-10-2014 12:50:03 | More by xnicknj
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mechamifune

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -12%

01-09-2014 16:38:27 | More by mechamifune
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rrski198

Georgia

5/5  rDev +17.4%

01-09-2014 13:21:45 | More by rrski198
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Docrock

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-28-2013 22:14:52 | More by Docrock
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ste5venla

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-28-2013 18:49:08 | More by ste5venla
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kristougher

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

12-28-2013 04:04:58 | More by kristougher
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pkalix

California

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

no head whatsoever, in contradiction to others' reviews.... looks like a pear cider but contains a lovely sweet, malty base aroma ....
sweet caramel. brown sugar. raisin. smooth, no abv discernible.
a little thin. English barleywine vs American barleywine? so far the winner is American.... but this is okay. they could have used a 12 oz bottle, though.... and a little overpriced.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 21:32:54 | More by pkalix
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Casey3236

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-24-2013 05:23:52 | More by Casey3236
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braugon

Connecticut

4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Brewed 2011

A - Caramel hue, not as brown as some barleywines, small white head, stayed around as a thin rim

S - Awesome, sweet barleywine scents of rum, raisin, oak, phenol, caramel, slightly musty

T - Lively, sweet, oak, caramel, raisin, port wine,

M - Medium to full, with a present carbonation

O - Really great, if you like barleywines, you will probably like this, 11.5% abv is always a plus when it's this good.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 01:22:23 | More by braugon
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mythaeus

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-15-2013 12:55:46 | More by mythaeus
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Bittercreek Boise ID. 25th Anniversary blend, unsure of vintage.

A: Opaque, dull gold with no visible carbonation and nonexistent head/lacing.

S: Dark fruit, raisin, rum, caramel, apple, spices, and bready, sweet malt.

T: Malty, with faint booze, notes of red wine and rum, spicy and fruity. Plenty of apple, raisin, toffee, brown sugar, wet oak, tobacco, with a warm finish.

MF: Full, sticky body, viscous with low carbonation.

O: Reminiscent of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, without the Belgian yeast; plenty of dark fruit and malt, with an oaky, rummy undertone. Pretty nice sipper overall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2013 14:26:40 | More by Scotchboy
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jds16

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

12-12-2013 03:00:51 | More by jds16
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-07-2013 23:30:10 | More by tobelerone
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-07-2013 17:23:45 | More by BillRoth
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jono0101

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -12%

12-06-2013 18:11:03 | More by jono0101
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-03-2013 04:12:13 | More by jaydoc
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-27-2013 21:25:58 | More by rodlavers
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RichardMNixon

Pennsylvania

1.86/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Second one of these I had from the 2011 vintage, and the second was worse than the first.

Looks fine in the glass, light carbonation. Has a pleasant smell of malt I'd expect from a barleywine. The taste starts there, with nice notes of sherry and fig. From there it goes to smokey and leathery notes and finally leaves you with what I imagine licking an ash tray must taste like. Couldn't finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 03:00:57 | More by RichardMNixon
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

11-24-2013 22:38:01 | More by Chugs13
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -12%

11-23-2013 11:01:42 | More by zestar
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-23-2013 02:07:27 | More by savagepm
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Tertullian007

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

11-22-2013 03:19:22 | More by Tertullian007
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mtrog313

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-21-2013 23:58:29 | More by mtrog313
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N3ptune

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-21-2013 00:05:28 | More by N3ptune
J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
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