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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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Brewed by:
J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
England, United Kingdom
jwlees.co.uk

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 12-18-2000

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Photo of LAp
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled as a vertical in tasters at a barleywine tasting event. 2014 tried alongside 2001.
The 2014 barleywine was delicious - a bright, young barleywine that was not overly saccharine despite having the classic robust malt presence. Trace hints of hop, and a less heavy mouthfeel contributed to an autumnal palate. Excellent.
The 2001 extraordinary. An incredible window into what can happen within the confines of a bottle over a decade and a half. Gone were the light, youthful notes of trace hop and sugars. They were instead replaced with a toffee, caramel syrup. Notes of dates and figs more prominent than in almost any bottle I've tried before. A true treat to try 15 years aged.

This is absolutely a standout barleywine. One of my favorite instantiations of one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of trumpetego
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1998 Vintage opened on 1/1/08, ten years to the day after it was bottled.

The beer pours a dark brown, with a head that disappears quickly.

The smell is incredible, and much like a vintage port. Dark fruit, molasses, maple syrup, and a hint of alchohol.

Taste is more of the same. Very smooth and malty, still reminiscent of port. Dark fruit, particularly prunes, and just a hint of alchohol. No hops to speak of, but I expect this from English Barley Wines. Very sweet, but not overpoweringly so.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light with very little carbonation.

Drinkability is good for what it is: just as I wouldn't be able to drink more than 9.6oz of port in a sitting, I wouldn't be able to have more that one of these at a time. Very tasty though, and an excellent New Years evening treat.

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Photo of neorunner
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First blind beer from nlmartin in Round #2 of the Blind Beer BIF. 2000 Vintage.

12oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams' perfect pint glass. Color is opaque dark brown with a tiny oil slick of head. Carbonation is present but hard to pick out. Aroma is amazing. Malt abound and a very strong alcohol aroma. Mellow dark fruit and a bit of cardboard in the aroma (oxidation?). Raisins and nearly no hops that I can pick out. I know Nate mentioned some of these beers were vintage and this smells the part completely. Flavor is mellow chocolate malts and a nice strong alcohol taste. Very similar to a blend of milk and bitter chocolate with a hint of almond or . I'm having to resist inhaling this beer, its great. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, it has a flavor feel that I tend to associate with oak aging of some form.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Happy Father's Day to me...2006.

Bottle inspection: looks exactly like the bottle pictured here on the website. States that it is limited edition and bottled on 1st Dec 1998.

Aroma: A wonderful blend of fig newtons, grape jelly, brown sugar, grape juice, and raisins. The grape jelly keeps coming back to the nose.

Appearance: Dense and cloudy deep amber pour with a thin tan cap. Beautiful streaming lace.

Flavor: Molasses, grapes, raisins, carmel malts, vanilla, and maple syrup. A dopplebock-like sweetness dominates. It is very sweet.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied...coats the palate and the back of the throat. A touch of drying alcohol finishes it up.

Overall impression: One to be sipped and appreciated. Top notch in my book. Glad I had the chance to try this one. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of Todd
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 275ml brown bottle. Limited Edition - 1st December 2000. No sediment in the bottle.

Appearance: A rich, slightly hazy, copper coloured beer with a magnificent foamy, creamy head. Initial pour is about 3-4 fingers thick! Head retention is outstanding -- seems to last forever.

Smell: Raisins, molasses, raw honey, buttery toffee, rich fruity esters and an almost pungent raw hop aroma.

Taste: This is a huge beer! Silky smooth and ultra-creamy with a gentle carbonation that attempts to break through a thick syrupy malt profile of rich caramel, toffee, molasses, coffee and chocolate milk, honey and raisin. All sorts of toasted malt flavours play the palate, with baked sweet bread flavours. Alcohol notes follow, and try to hide in a cornucopia of big sweet ripe fruit flavours (pineapple and sweet honey dew melon come to mind). Bitterness is just enough to tame the malt from dominating 100%, with light citrus notes. The ale finishes with a touch of buttery diacetyl, toasted malts, coffee, milk and a bit of grain flavour.

Notes: Last time a tried one of these it was a bottle of the 1986, I believe. It was staggering. For being around a year and a half old at the time of this review, the 2000 is simply to die for. There's so much complexity of flavour going on that you almost need to stop analyzing and simply enjoy it before the glass is empty.

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1999 vintage

Apperance-Pours a rich, dark and cloudy amber-red with resplendent ruby highlights, no real head or lace but hard to detract for that when it's 11.5%abv and over ten years old. Looks lovely to me.

Aroma-Wow, what an overpoweringly tangy aroma; I smell a load of dried and candied syrup-drenched fruits all mingling together in a single aroma making it difficult to pick out individual smells. I definitely smell dates in there though. Some toffee.

Taste-The taste is rather more complex than the aroma and the aforementioned candied fruits are more apparent and distinct. I get dates, plums and raisins most prominently, maybe some figs in there too; extremely sweet. Maybe the faintest hint of chocolate and winter spices towards the back of the middle and some alcohol way, way, WAAAAY in the back end and so faint it's barely worth noting. Delicious.

Mouthfeel-Low-carbonation, thick, syrupy-smooth; perfect for an English Barleywine.

Drinkability-Although this beer has no real alcohol presence it has no shortage of enormous flavors and alcoholic 'weight.' It's a sipper, but not necessarily a very slow one and at this ABV I've gotta rank that high.

Notes/final thoughts-This beer is awesome, didn't expect to like it so much and I'm beginning to suspect I strongly prefer the English interpretations of Barleywines to the hoppy DIPA-like American ones I've been mostly exposed to.

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Photo of IrishMike
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 1997 and purchased from my local liquor store at $5.75 for a 11.2oz bottle. May not be cheap, but if this is anything like my last experience with it, it's worth every single penny.

Appearance- Pours into a dark murky brown, almost black in all reality, with a head that actually manages to hold it's own despite the style and the age of this brew. tan with mild lacing. Plenty of sediment, but i wouldn't expect any less from a beer that's going on 8 years of age. Absolutely no carbonation to speak of.

Smell- an enticing blend of raisins and port-like characters with an vaguely soy sauce quality to it. Very mellow yet strong in character. No hops. None at all. Years of oxidation have caused a slight case of "wet cardboard" syndrome, thus stopping me short of giving this a higher score.

Taste- In as simple of a statement as i can make; easily the best tasting beer i have ever had up until this point. An intial hit of a unique bready/dry fruit and insanely malty profile that starts off a bit raw, but then suddenly and completely switches it's character at the half-way point to a sweet, caramel, toffee, raisiny and port smoothness that carries out until the perfect end. Hundreds of flavors packed up into one small bottle, so much so that i can't even begin to sum it up with words alone. My abilities to grasp it's nuances are far too underdeveloped; the complexity from start to finish of this is way out of my league. Resting in the background is a well balanced smoked finish. Very rich and velvety.

Mouthfeel- Rich and velvety in the mouth, with absolutely no alcohol detectable at all. Carries it's smoky finish and raisin profile for an extraodinarily long time. Beautiful.

drinkability- The only thing stopping me from drinking these one after another is the fact that they hover around $6 dollars a bottle. Maybe if i were a rich man and i could find an endless supply of these, i'd have more then one in a single sitting. As it stands i'm forced to stop at one, much to my chagrin.

At the (relatively) young age of 21, i have found the beer that i can't possibly compare another to. I almost feel bad drinking these whenever i feel so inclined. Possibly because it's so expensive, but probably more due to the fact that i know i couldn't possibly enjoy it as much as a man whose been drinking fine beer for years and can enjoy it's extreme complexity. If you EVER come across this beer, especially the 97 vintage, i urge you to not pass up the opportunity to try it out. I know it's fairly moot to state this, but this beats that one bottle of Westy 12 i had about a month back. Sure, it's all personal preference, but those are tall words nonetheless.

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Photo of fff
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cracked open a 1999 today.

A- Deep amber, more ruby tones when held against the light. No head to speak of.

S- Vanilla, malt, honey, toffee, caramel.

T- Roasted caramel. Molasses. Liqud God. Best malty beer I've ever had.

M- Syrupy, sticky. Lingering taste in my mouth. Delicious.

D- It's too sweet to drink a lot of, and the high ABV makes it hard to drink much of it and be coherent. It's a pretty good end to a malty beer tasting session.

All in all, I am well satisfied with this beer.

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Photo of WesWes
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a darl cloudy brown color with a thin white head that fades to very little. The aroma is great. It has a warm, malty scent that screams burnt toffee. It's mellow and sweet smelling; very nice. The taste is perfect. It has a rich, malty flavor that goes down so smooth and flavorful and finishes warm with a sweet, burnt toffee taste. This is one tastey beer. The mouthfeel is perfect as well. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is the best English barleywine I've ever had. It exceptional in all categories except appearance. I'm a sucker for at least minimal head retention. This is truely a great beer.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped a 1999 to end a tasting with a few friends the other night. Similar flavors to the 1998 that I popped to celebrate the end on my second year of medical school.

A. Pours a dark amber with a thin tan head that dissipates to a creamy ring.

S. There's so much going on in the nose: caramel, honey, raisins, oxidized sweet malt.

T. The nose comes through in the mouth with the same flavors of raisins, caramel, and honey. All of these flavors sit on top a bed of sweet oxidized malt. As the beer warms slightly, some of the dark fruit flavors start to emerge.

M. Medium to heavy sticky syrupy body with light carbonation so as not to destroy the flavors coating your tongue.

1986 vintage.

A. Pours amber with slightly orange edges with absolutely no head. 4.0

S. Raisin, caramel, and some oxidation. 4.0

T. Similiar to the smell with oxidized cardboard. Maybe slightly past its prime. 4.0

M. Thin - much much thinner than 1998 or 1999. 3.5

D. Good, but not as good as a bit younger vintages. 4.0

D. The only possible complaint is that there is too little carbonation which leads to overwhelming sweetness, but if you expect this going in it's pure bliss. The best I can imagine in a barleywine. A wonderful night cap. I'm glad I have a few more of these stocked away to enjoy over the coming years.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

'97 vintage.

Poured from a 275ml bottle. Very dark brown to amber with a thin tan head that dissappears quickly leaving a ring with some nice lacing.

The nose tells you right away that this one has been aged. Hints of bread, soy sauce, plums and raisins with some alcohol hovering in the background.

The taste is wonderfully balanced. Figs, grapes, malts, and a nice dry finish that also has a certain "juiciness" to it. The alcohol is really only detectable when exhaling after a sip. Nice warming effect too.

Although I tend to enjoy some carbonation in the mouthfeel, this brew is lacking those tingly bubbles yet it doesn't suffer from it. Full without being chewy.

This would be a much more drinkable ale if the abv was lower, but then this wouldn't be the same. Paying $6 a bottle could make for an extremely expensive session.

This one really does live up to the hype. I'm really curious to see what the other vintages have to offer.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany with a small head that settles easily into a ring. Aroma is very strong: deep, rich malts, flush with sweet raisins and figs. The nose is almost syrupy.

Taste mirrors a lot of the smell but that's like saying an object mirrors the photograph of it. Very rich malts, thoroughly caramelized, peat, brown sugar, hints of faraway smoke and a sad tale of melancholy. A whiskey fruitiness, maple syrup, something akin to that gained from whatever lives on the inside surface of oak barrels. Alcohol is barely noticeable but it's there, with the sweetness doing a lot to keep it in check. This is deep.

Mouthfeel is heavy, slick and velvety smooth. This beverage really pushes the envelope between beer and a distilled spirit. Built to age and I imagine that the years may take down a bit of the sweetness, only improving this beer.

1999 Vintage. Heaviest bottle I've ever held.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

December 1st 1999 vintage. consumed on 3/25/08
11.2 oz bottle> Chimay goblet

This is a very vibrant ruby red-hued amber color with struggling bubbles and mild carbonation that is able to create a one-finger, bubbly but thick looking dark-tan head that dissipates quick, which is no suprise, this stuff looks very hefty. There is still plenty of thin lacing around the edge of the glass for the duration.

The aroma is very pungent with honey-soaked, freshly baked multi grain bread in the malt scent. Candied prunes, molasses, sweet, wet wheat and grains.

The flavor is comparable to a port wine-like sweetness upfront. A sweet fruity edge to the malt hits first with honey-glazed prunes and sugar covered raisins. Intense Sweetness, even sweeter than the DFH 120 Min IPA or Samichluas. Eventhough the malt is VERY complex and sweet it also features a roastie, oak-aged flavor with a mild current of chocolate. for balance we've got a nice earthy, fresh garden green's hop edge that is mild but pops out right at the end which is very effective. The yeast gives further balance with a slightly earthy-tang effect and the high ABV is very well hidden and has obviously mellowed over the last nine years! Compare this to an American Barleywine and you've got two totally different animals especially in the balance and hop impact.Personally, I find these extra sweet malt bombs a real nice "desert" beer. complexity is huge, I can only admire the Brewer for creating this stuff.

The feel is as full bodied, heavy and slick as you could possiblt achieve, it's kinda like drinking a mellow maple syrup. some would call this "flat"...this actually has plenty of life for a nine year old brew.

A true sipper, savor slowly and with your mind WIDE OPEN.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2000 vintage

Pours a murky dark copper color with a nice creamy head. Smell is sweet with notes of raisens, plum, caramel and alcohol. All I could think the second this beer hit my mouth was WOW!!! This is an amazing beer. Mouthfeel is chewy and has an unbelievable smooth thickness to it. Taste is just absolutely stellar. It is thick and syrupy and dangeorously addicting despite it's high alcohol content. Be careful not to drink this one too fast as it is definately a sipper. Simply outstanding.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1999 vintage. Had to buy it online. Can't find it here in CA.

Pours a deep brown color. Nice thin tan head with a little lacing. Pretty good looking beer.

Aroma has alcohol which was surprising for a beer this old. The aroma are so complex. Lots of dark fruits and molassis and brown sugar. Smells great.

Wow. I didn't think a beer this old could taste this good. I really need to try some older beers. So cmplex. I can just imagin how big of a beer this was 10 years ago. Lots of molassis and dark fruits. Brown sugar and a little spice. I get alot of that Mexican baking sugar that comes in those cones. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is great. I thought this would be much thinner. Held it's carbonation well.

Overall such a tasty beer. I'm going to try and find older vintages.

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Photo of beveritt
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1999 vintage. Poured from a 275 ml brown bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 1 finger of tan head. This settles slowly, leaving behind very nice lacing. The beer itself is the color of polished copper.

Smell: Maple syrup with bitter hop notes.

Taste: Distinct maple syrup flavor, sharp and very sweet.

Moutheel: Average carbonation level, amazing considering the age of this beer. Body is incredible.

Drinakbility: Oh how I wish I had a case of this in my cellar. This beer has held up magnificently well. developing a complex flavor profile while retaining the carbonation and bite of a young brew.

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Photo of charlesw
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained in the powerbeer BIF. And, wow. People are really generous and I was very fortunate indeed!

2001 vintage on this bottle. Dark and rich and thick and malty and WOW that's a lot of caramel and sweetness and body... The wife said that it was more like drinking port than drinking beer. I say... That was freaking intense. Seriously. You like intense flavor? Over the top stuff? Yeah, you'll like it. And you won't be alone!

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Photo of abuliarose
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

'99 vintage, poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter. Opaque burnt caramel tones in the body with a little white head, this one smells a little like burnt caramel, anise and nutty toast (the malt coming through) with a nice hoppy bite over effervescent alcohol.

Mmmm tastes delicious, sweet. Again with the subtle burnt caramel and hints of roasted fig. Very warming. Gentle bitter aftertaste laced with malt. All of the flavors are very complex and well-rounded, reminding me of belgians. Maybe it's the age. A light carbonation accents these flavors very well and makes the mouthfeel smooth without being too heavy. Body is medium to heavy without smothering. It would be a little more drinkable if I could detect the alcohol less (as a barleywine, though, it has excellent drinkability); so overall it is an excellent sipper comparable in serving suggestion to port.

I must try more years of these!

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Photo of rtepiak
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pour is a solid orange with about a finger of head. This is a head unlike anything i've ever seen. I girth of a bubbles that hovers just below the head like an american RIS... But longer. Settling after about 8 seconds. Nose pollen, whiskey malt, old furniture and subtle banana. A palate of sweet honey in a transition of floral to thisle bitter earth. There is a nice tang in the finish. A baltic porter hint. A finish of pomagrante earth bitter seeds and hints of lingering toasted sesame. A wonderful earth note in the cask.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The creamy tan head doesn't stay long in the glass, but the color beneath is a gorgeous deep, dark plum. Aroma is potent and vinous, giving off great reminiscences of port wine, sherry, cognac, even as it sits on the table, before I even bring it to my nose. On closer inspection, we get a full, thick, lush feel of black licorice, a profound winey flavor. Thick texture, like raisinbread, or plum pudding! A slow sippin' beer, with a slightly oily mouthfeel. At 11%, it's a whopper, but the alcohol sits behind the profound, commanding flavors, and only later does it slowly emerge.
Perfect thing to put in your hand and slide down the lips on cold-as-bejeezus days like things..
I was supremely satisfied with this one.
1997 vintage

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Photo of mattmaples
4.76/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1998. OK, I love this just as much as the 97. Both are great beers. I was fortunate enough to have this beer on tap this summer and baby was it good.

1997. EEEXcelent! I like Todds rum rasin comment, malty smooth nice alcohol presence. Complex, asertive flavors but easy to drink (unlike some barley wines). This is what an aging beer should taste like. Lucky for us B United (the US Importer) ages these beers for us and periodically releases some of them. Rumor is that they are still sitting on some 88. I currently have 97 and 98 on the shelf due to these wonderful people. It's still out there to be had, go hunt some down.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 Vintage 12 oz. bottle Poured into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep and very hazy brownish amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles. Virtually no head to speak of, but a decent amount of lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: A big sweet malty aroma with lots of caramel and dark fruits. Sweet, slightly roasted malts with big hints of caramel and toffee. Hints of maple syrup, vanilla, and oak. Big dark fruit presence with lots of prunes, figs, dates, and raisin. Also some brown sugar, molasses, and apple hints. Smells pretty boozy. Quite interesting.

Taste: Wow. Quite a rush of strong flavors as soon as it hits the mouth, its almost overwhelming. Really big taste of caramel and toffee from some lightly roasted malts. A little bit of chocolate comes in along with some dark bread. A sweet kick from some maple syrup, molasses, and brown sugar. Some vanilla and oak. Big taste of dark fruits with notes of prunes, figs, raisins, and a lot of dates. Light hop bitterness. Also a taste of booze. Really robust flavors considering this is six years old.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body with a fairly low level of carbonation. Very thick and syrupy. Smooths out a bit midway through the mouth. Definitely a sipper and not a easy drinker, but its well worth the effort. Alcohol heat is actually kind of hidden by the heavy sweetness.

Overall: A really great take on the Barleywine. Very thick and sweet but not cloying. Great mix of flavors.

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Photo of jamespub
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinking a 2000 vintage in celebration of my daughter's birth. poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A- Much darker than i recall the 2007 and 2008 bottles I had last fall. Dark brown with low carbonation, but what is there lingers around the edge. A beautiful dark brew....was it particular to the year, or did age somehow do this? I'm not sure.

S- ah....amazing. malt, malt, malty sweetness. it has the distinct smell of an aged brew. toffee, caramel.

T- simply stunning. toffee, grain, caramel. it has the incredible grain flavor that the 07 and 08 years had, but it is so much more refined. the yeast has settled well and leaves a clear brew that tastes absolutely stunning. i could drink this all day, every day.

M- sticks to the tongue. smooth, velvety with a feel that lingers. a faint hint of carbonation. mildly sticky finish due to the sugars.

O-Easily one of the best beers I have ever had. I had one and this was the best occasion to open it on. I wish I had a case more. I will be aging the rest of them as long.

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Photo of claaark13
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1988 vintage poured into a small taster flute.

Looks like I was poured a thick reddish brown juice into the glass. Not great at all, no carbonation.

Smells like a bag of twizzlers. Seriously smells like a fresh bag. Unbelievable.

Sweet almost port flavor with sweet cherries, raisins and then that beautiful twizzler flavor. Phenomenal.

Has some syrup feel to it, but complements flavor appropriately. Very drinkable.

Very impressed with this. The guy serving it didn't have too many notes on how it was kept, but I was happy with the results.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1990 vintage--made when I was in 1at grade!!

Pours a little head but nothing that stays very long at all, it soon turns into a headless beer. This one is a little less syrupy then the '98 and the flavors have mellowed and come together to make a burnt caramel flavor. Feels great on the palate and is something I would like to try a few more of in my lifetime.

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J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
4.25 out of 5 based on 1,492 ratings.
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