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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
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 12-18-2000

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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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Photo of Axic10
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1999 Vintage poured from 275ml bottle into a snifter. As of today, this 11 year old beer is the oldest I've ever had.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with hints of ruby red and no head at all.

Smell: Raisin, plum, sweet malt, dark candied fruits and some toffee. Nice smelling barleywiine.

Taste: Sweet raisins and other candied fruits, heavy caramel. Very sweet but also very complex.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and extremely smooth.

Drinkability: I have a few more vintages of this, and if they are anything like this I am in for a treat. I think I'm going to pick up some more 1999 vintages when I see them. Very very enjoyable.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a muddy, murky brown, nearly the same color as the beer bottle. Some decade-old carbonation is still kicking. It manages little more than a scant swirling cover and ring, but for ten years old I'm impressed it's got any action at all.

Aroma - a chocolate and fruity, earthy (musty?) kind of aroma. Settling a bit, fig and raisin slowly come to the fore, almost a grape-like mix with the cocoa. A restrained but detectable vapory alcohol in there, too.

Taste - I'm stuck on where to start. What a full range of flavor all at once! Molasses and brown sugar are the easiest to pull out. Raisiny, with some roasted nuttiness trying to get through but the stage is just too big. Cherries hit about mid-palate with a light bite to them, undoing the sweetness a bit. As the flavor moves to the back, some hops work alongside the cherry flavor to bring a nice balance to the beer. A drying effect with alcohol warming, it takes on a cough syrup effect. The finish shows off the cocoa, the fruit, the hops, and the abv in rare fashion.

Mouthfeel - heavy and viscous, a low key carbonation tickles the tongue while letting the flavor abound.

Drinkability - a fine selection for Valentine '07's nightcap. My wife chose a Beaujolais Noveau tonight, I picked a ten -year old ale. If opposites attract, that's proof we were made for each other. Cheers to you, sweetie on this, our 13th V-Day as a team.

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

Poured from a vintage 1999 275ml bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance is a cloudy orange/brown with a small off white head that dissipated fairly quick. Not too bad for a beer this old I think.

Smell is heavy in sweet malts, caramel, fruit and brown sugar. Very nice to breathe in. A quite complex, sweet and inviting aroma.

Taste upfront is just what the nose was offering up. Sweet malts , caramel , dark fruits , molasses and brown sugar all come together to make a wonderfully sweet and complex flavor. As it warms there is a bit of spiciness and a very mild hint of the alcohol which feels pretty nice on the way down. I'd say 11 years of aging certainly made this a treat for the palette.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and goes down smooth leaving a nice lingering sweetness on the tongue. And surprisingly it has a decent amount of carbonation after all that time.

Drinkablity is just, wow! This beer tastes amazing and goes down very easy and smooth. I had to slow down to try to make it last longer. I believe this is the oldest brew I've had so far and its just very lovely. There is no question that I'd would have this again.

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Photo of DerelictPI
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage.

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!

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

I recieved two bottles of the '99 vintage in a barleywine sample case.

I had never had it before, but when I poured the first bottle out, I new I was in for a treat...

A small amount of head formed in the glass, but this dissapeared rather quickly. For a beer that had been in the bottle for ~4 years I was surprised that almost no residue was left in the bottle.

The aroma was not unlike that of a fine brandy. Alcohol was quite obvious as were other deep aromas.

The taste was exceptional. Very rich in flavor. All sorts of complex notes going on. You know the alcohol was there, but it ducked in and out of the other flavors the whole time.

This stuff is wicked expensive. There are very few cases that are north of $100 that I'll even entertain. This is one of them. This is a brew that I'd be proud to share with people the same way some share a fine cognac. If you decide to try this, get your hads on a few bottles so that you can enjoy it over a few years.

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J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
94 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.
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