Harvest Ale (Limited Edition) | J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd

1,520 Ratings
Harvest Ale (Limited Edition)Harvest Ale (Limited Edition)

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

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 ritzkiss
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottles provided by bobsy at his great barleywine tasting, there was a 5 yr. vertical going but the ones I got to try were the '99 and the '01.

Both pour a rich amber with about a finger of bone head, pretty good for about 10yrs old!

'99 - Sweet but not too much so, balanced with a light nuttiness and rich toffee flavours. Hints of candied sugar, ginger cookies, faint herbal/grassy hops, light alcohol still in the finish - this one drank really nice.

'01 - Whoa man, this one is way too sweet for me! Same as above but with more emphasis on the sweetness (less balanced), way boozier in the finish, brown sugar dominating, bready. This one just didn't do it for me, even a 12oz bottle of this might be too much!

Lesson of this all: age these for at least 10 yrs! My score reflects the '99 with a slight downgrade on the drinkability for the '01.

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Photo of bobsy
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We did a five year vertical, with a 1998 that Eric brought over, and bottles of 1999 - 2002 that I had brought back from England. I believe that Eric said there is some recipe variation from year to year, which would certainly explain why the flavours were so inconsistent from one bottle to the next. There are a lot of common threads though, and I'll outline them before noting any differences I found in the different years.

Pours a rich orange with a finger of white head that dropped to a film and left a few spots of lace as it did so. As expected with an English barleywine, the aroma is malt driven, with an emphasis on brown sugar, treacle, bread and light alcohol notes. All the vintages had a sweet profile, with brown sugar, sherry and treacle present in each. On the whole, the alcohol was well concealed, though it did provide some warmth going down. The body tends towards the fuller end of the spectrum, and the restrained carbonation is a good match for the style.

98 - Brown sugar and treacle dominate. A bit too sweet and lacking balance.
99 - Again with a marked emphasis on brown sugar, but this time with enough hops to provide balance.
00 - Earthy, and the least sweet of all the years, with a more pronounced hop profile.
01 - Treacle returns as does the sweetness, which now has a bready aspect to it.
02 - Nice brown sugar notes and a good hop balance.

My personal favourite was the 99 - I found it was the most balanced of the quintet, and the more prominent hopping added an extra layer of complexity.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I had the honor of doing a special night with a friends and he featured a 10 year vertical from back till 98. he was missing 2 years. 93, 94 if i remeber correctly. Started off with an 2008. Keep in mind he did not age them himself, Bought them in the store aged.

Most of them were oxidizes but some were still pretty good. tasted loads of molases and carmel. Like a milano cookie. Very sweet, but the default with the aging creating a plastic tatse in most. Nice crimson coloring.

I'll grab a fresh one and re score later

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Photo of Brandt
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage

this beer poured out a darker caramely brown color with very little carbonation and no head to speak of

the noze on this is very rich and smells of figs and rasins strongly and other dried fruits, maybe a hint of dried cherry. there is also an aroma of brown sugar and a bread dough character, a touch of cinnamon and the faintest of woody smells

the taste is of rich toffe and rasin first and foremost followed by astringent tannins that give it a dry feel briefly before it goes down with a warm sweet boozyness

the finish is a stong fulll body that coats the tongue and leaves a great balance of sweet sugars and a drier bitterness along the back of the tongue. i was very interested to find this one and it was a treat to be able to try it. very rich drink but i would like to have some of these that are further down the line to compare.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2002 bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Most of the yeast sediment was kept in the bottle for the most part.

Appearance: Deep mahogany body turns bright crimson when held to light. Great clarity! A nice column of carbonation can be seen within. Not much head to speak of: just a small, khaki ring.

Smell: Molasses, brown sugar, and other sugary notes. Moist pine, rum, and rust lurk in the background. Very sweet on the whole; smells like candy.

Taste: This tastes like candy, and not in a necessarily good way. The overall flavor - comprised mainly of brown sugar, molasses, and overripe green grapes (much like a dessert wine) - is very sweet and syrupy, with very light toastiness and bitterness coming through on the back end. Alcohol is hidden very well, but it comes at a price.

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, sugary, and a little gritty. Hardly any warmth or dryness for such a high ABV beer. Nice mouth coating. Low bitterness.

Drinkability: The sweetness of this beer is far too high for me to call it drinkable. I suggest splitting a 12oz. bottle amongst two people.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Special Beer to celebrate Review #100
1999 Vintage, acquired at Dennis Brothers in Cottage Grove, MN.

Cracking it open, it's weird to think that this beer is 10 years old...

A caramelly alcoholic smell wafts out as it is opened. Pours a nice off white/light tan colored head which slowly recedes to a thin filmy layer. The way the head dissapates is unlike any other beer I've ever seen. Unevely, and in odd patterns and shapes that seem afraid of the liquid below. I can smell this before even putting my nose close to it. A rich smell of dark fruit, (prunes and raisons) is emitted. Wow. Layers of caramel, candied fruit, sweet cherries lingering in the background. Bready/yeasty character is evident as well. Alcohol is masterfully covered up while smelling this directly, which is kind of odd as I smelled it right when it was opened.

All the things going on with this first sip just got me disoriented. Huge chewy body, port-like flavours, and incredible finish. Fruit cake, drizzled with caramel. Cherry, some apple character. It's like a constant barrage of varying degrees of malt flavour attacking my tongue (in the best way possible). Rich, hearty, very sweet--I can see how it covers up the alcohol.

This stuff just sits on your tongue, exuding flavour, refusing to let go. The alcohol is extremely well hidden, and is only there to aid in the balancing of the huge flavors.

As for drinkability, this is Incredibly sweet beer--I'm glad this is only a 9.6 oz bottle, as any more might be hard to stomach.

Those into port that snub their noses at beer--here it is, JW Lee's is about to change your mind....

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer is epic. no hot alcohols. fruity esters such as apple and plum.

the taste is very very sweet with a big caramel malt sweetness and low hop bitterness.

incredibly creamy mouthfeel.

this beer is truly epic. go try it now. the alcohol is so deceptive, its ridiculous.

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Photo of gford217
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

275mL bottle, 1997 vintage, poured into a snifter.

Pours an opaque dark brown with a small creamy off-white head that recedes slowly to a healthy collar and leaves some legs on the sides after each sip.

The aroma is huge. It's got the sweet caramel malts with tons of toffee and dark fruits as well. I get a bit of chocolate as well, especially as it warms and there is a pronounced sherry character in the nose overall. Boozy and powerful nose.

The taste is much of the same and maybe bigger. The underlying caramel malt backbone is still dominant with lots of sweet booze-soaked fruits, raisins and plums especially. Molasses, caramel, chocolate, just tons of flavors on the palate. Tough to exaggerate how wonderful this taste is.

The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied and very smooth with a perfectly soft carbonation. The alcohol does start to burn a bit, but it's not overly distracting.

I've been sitting on this bottle for a while and was worried it might be headed downhill. As far as I can tell, this one has never been better. Complex, rich, smooth...exceptional beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage from a 275 ml bottle. That says it all. On to the beer:

No head on the pour. The glow of orange is a nice sight though. But don't base your first thoughts on the look, take in its aroma. The nose is loaded with all sorts of flavors. There is apricot, sherry, vanilla, and oak. And if the aroma isn't for you, taste it! Amazing and full flavored at first impression. And smooth as well. Sweet, sherry, apricots, grapes, butterscotch, cherries, a touch of oak. There is a very light touch of bitterness at the very end, but overall this is very sweet. The alcohol is nowhere is be found despite the listed 11.5% ABV. Thre's very little carbonation in this beer. but it's so smooth, and it's medium-heavy malty feel keeps the beer being sipped on.

I expected some very good things from this beer. Not only did this beer do that, it went beyond very good and become of the most tastiest, thought provoking beers that have crossed my palate. An outstanding example of the barleyewine style, and one that everyone should have the opportunity to taste.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Edit: I tried the 1999 vintage, and found it to be much better and likely stored in better conditions. I'm changing the numerical scores to my ranking of the 1999, but leaving the original review in.

1999 Vintage.

I found this bottle at a store in a cool area, so I figured it could have been kept well. The bottle was split with others.

The pour had a rich, reddish brown color. The head had a decent white formation, but you could tell the 10 years and 11.5% affected it.

The aroma had a small amount of oxidation present. There was a nice, rich, alcoholic, and dark dried fruit aroma to it. Some spice came through as well, reminding me of poptori.

The flavor of this vintage was a lot better than the 2000 vintage. I'm guessing this had to do with storing conditions, because with only a year difference, the beer tasted entirley different. Deep, nutty butterscotch flavor. It's impressive how this strong beer has the nutty aspect to it. Some toffee is also there. Slight, rusty oxidation flavor. The beer is sweet, mouth coating, and very rich. Alcohol is slightly present.

Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, and with more carbonation than I would think. The beer is assaulting on the palate, a sure night cap beer.

This vintage was much easier drinking because of the improved flavor. Still a sipper, and still a very aggressive beer.

2000 vintage.

Bought at the store, probably not stored in optimal cellaring conditions but also not bad conditions. Split the 10 oz bottle with a friend.

Pours amber and clear in a white wine glass with some nice ruby highlights. Head is minimal, it just forms a thin lacing around the perimeter of the glass. 4

Aroma is very complex, I've never had a beer aged even close to this long so I was just getting used to the characteristics. It has a strong, liqueur type or aroma but without much burning on the nose. Aromas of dark fruits, figs, prunes and currants. 4

Taste is also of dark fruits, figs, prunes, raisins are all definitley detectable. Burning alcohol flavor with a bit of vinegar. Also a hint of honey. Bitterness is there but taking on a syrupy sweetness to go with it, very dulled down from age but interesting. Some sips are pleasant, some are not, but they are all interesting, deep, and filled with character. 3.5

Mouthfeel is thick, sugary, syrupy, and a little hard to choke down after a while. Carbonation is very low, fits good with warmer serving temp. 3.5

Drinkability is limited to small sips. I'm glad I split this bottle because I don't know if I could finish the whole thing myself. As a matter of fact, I fell asleep with maybe an ounce left in my glass. This beer did a good job of knocking me out for a good night sleep, and I remember thinking it might pair well with ice cream, or a strong dessert. It's kind of tough on its own. I look forward to trying some different vintages of this beer. I could see myself liking this one a lot more in the right time and place with added experience of aged barleywines. 2

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Photo of seaoflament
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Dyan for sending me this vintage beer. Decided to share this one at La Bella this past Tuesday night. This is a 1999 Vintage.

Pours a dark copper color with, surprisingly, nearly an inch of head with fairly good retention. The head falls down to a ring which lasts for quite some time. Very lively beer for being a 10 year old barleywine.

Very vinous at first with notes of grapes, alcohol, malt, raisins, dates, dark dried cherries, and toast. As it opens up in the glass it gets fruitier and has hints of caramelized yams, brown sugar, sweet cherries, and what reminds me of toasted bread topped with honey. There's also some chocolate coming through as the beers warms up. Intoxicating aroma.

Tastes of toasted malts upfront, toffee and a little earthy chocolate in the middle, and an almond finish. Has a sweet wort flavor. Hints of maple syrup and toffee candy. I like it quite a bit but the 98' vintage I had earlier this year was just slightly better in the taste so I'm thinking this vintage could still develop more. Hardly any carbonation on the palate but it's perfect for this beer. A little syrupy and thick, coating on the tongue. Great sipping beer for a cold day.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber, cloudy with little head, good for a barleywine. Smell is very yeasty and sweet, very much like apple cider. Taste is quite sweet and odd, very raisiny as you would expect to find in an eisbock or such. Also fruity and estery. Mouth is medium-bodied with low to medium carb. Fairly straight forward with that strong sweetness having a presence in the feel. The flavor is honestly a bit off-putting (maybe the bottle I had was a bit off after its aging?) Very swwet and malty to an unbalanced extent. That said, its certainly not bad, but a bit syrupy.

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Photo of Yesac
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2000 vintage

A- Dark amber brown. Small thin layer of off white bubbly head that is mostly around the ring of the glass.

S- Whoa, this smells fantastic. Like a fine cigar. Barreled wood, sweet brown sugar, caramel and the strong odor of the 11.5%.

T- Very sweet like honey. Strong ABV presence bringing to to a bourbon-like experience. Strong malt backbone with a hint of tartness.This would probably be consumed better with a paired meal. This is a sipper for sure.

M- Probably the thickest beer I've ever had. Goes down easy and doesn't leave much on the palate.

D- Not the easiest to drink. The thickness and sweetness weakens its character.

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I haven't had too many English barleywines before. This one caught my eye at my favorite store and thought I'd give it a go. I was a little apprehensive from experiences of ales with a high alcohol content when they are young. This one is aged so I hoped this would be flavorful and not overbearing.

This is the 1999 vintage.

A: Pours a dark reddish brown with not much head. What head there was reduced to a thin layer. It's clear with thin carbonation trails.

S: Initially I get a molasses sweetness. There's a fruitiness and spiciness in there as well.

T: Sweet malts, a little molasses... If this was young I could see where this might be a little strong. With it being aged the flavors feel matured and mellowed although it is still robust.

M: Heavy almost syrupy. Carbonation is balanced. A surprising slight warming affect from the alcohol with, so far, hasn't really been present. One would thing with 11.5% ABV it would come though more but it hasn't.

D: This is a wonderful experience - eye opening and educational. Over all this is a good beer ranging a little on the sweeter side of things. I would drink only one at a session and have it next to last. This one is worth it.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the vintage 2006 edition.. a 9.3 oz bottle poured into chalice.

This is a dark thick reddish brown color. Some crumbles of sediment lie at the bottom.

The smell is intense and powerful: vinegar, cider, sour apples, pears, sweet caramel, and loads of alcohol.

Taste is not what I expected at all.. this is very sweet and subtle. A mixture of sweet fruits, honey, and something darker (cocoa?) it hits quickly and fades fairly fast. Carbonation is virtually nonexistent here.. alcohol is masked amazingly well, other than the smell it is barely there.

This is one of the more unique beers I've tried. Very liqueur-like: subtle, mellow and for enjoying slowly.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- roasted malt, licorice, molasses, prunes, coffee and a hint of eucalyptus in the finish

color- garnet/brown

clarity- clear with little to no sediment at the end of the pour

smell- brown sugar, syrup, oak, toffee, spice

body- light-medium weight, syrupy on the palate, quiet, slow finish

appearance- dark, flat, no lace, oily

overall impression- it still blows me away that some beers hold up after 21 years! granted, the experience is totally different than a fresh beer but there is a group of us loyals that treasure the liqueur-like qualities of the likes of lees and hardy's after a deep nights sleep.

notes- this review is for a 1988 vintage

glassware: tulip

serving temp.- 52.9 degrees

song- "harvest moon"

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Photo of DerBayer
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally a close competitor for the mighty Aventinus Eisbock albeit different in style. I like the complex malt profile with lots of fruity and mild bitter notes.

The brew is syroupy but not cloying and surprisingly refreshing on the palate. The aftertaste of alcohol is there but not penetrant and the drinkability is very high for such a strong brew.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this dark muddy brown beer into a pint glass. Little to no head came when poured. Faint wisps of lacing remain on the top as it sits awaiting to be drank. The aroma of ripe fruit greet the nose. The taste of this beer is that of light molasses, fruit, and slight caramel aftertaste. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1999 Vintage. Consumed in May 2009.

A: Medium reddish brown with plenty of creamy head.

S: Lots of sweet malts and some fruitiness as well; slight earthy/woodiness.

T: Very, very sweet. The malts had blended perfectly together and there was the tiniest bit of tartness to it, in a good way.

M: Pretty full with moderate carbonation.

D: Definitely a sipper, but one I was very glad to enjoy.

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Photo of joepais
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe this brew is 11 years old. A 1998 bottle poured into a dogfish head snifter produced a light wisp of a tan head that went to a thin lace. The body of the brew was dark amber to brown in color.

I am talking big ass dark fruit aroma, rum raisin is the first thing that comes to mind. The next thing that hits you is the sweet caramel, toffee syrup, cherries and plums flavors hitting your tongue. There is absolutely no carbonation and it is thick and syrupy in the mouthfeel department.

This brew is incredible in its complexity,and a great sippable brew, with absolutely no hint of 11.5% alcohol in it at all. Defiantly a fine experience that I will do again

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Photo of jdg204
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good old Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem supplied me with a shot at another great brew. After reading all the great reviews this beer has gotten, I was pretty excited to try it.

A: Dark amber color with a virtually no head that dissipates immeditaly and leaves little lace.

S: Rum-soaked dark fruit, honey, toffee, and smokey tobacco.

T: A lot of flavors come bursthing through in a brew that almost feels like a smooth liquor. Flavors include dark fruits, toffee, lightly roasted coffee, citrus, and molasses. More than anything the flavor is SWEET and a bit overpowering, definitely a sipper.

M: Thick and syrupy with little to no carbonation.

D: Well this was definitely unique, never had a brew quite like this before. While this wasn't really my stle (too sweet, thick, and boozey) and I'm pretty sure I won't venture for anymore, I was glad for the chance to try it. The huge flavors, sweetness, and booze content of the brew make this a slow sipper, I probably should've tried to have this for dessert versus with dinner. An intersting brew to be sure and one all fans of beerdom should try.

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Photo of nickd717
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1999 bottle from K&L Redwood City.

A - Pours hazy chestnut brown with a small off-white head.

S - Aroma is very nice, dominated by sweet caramel malt and toffee, along with spices, wood, fruity notes, and sherry.

T - Flavor is very sweet, with caramel and toffee, quite a bit of sherry-like oxidation, port wine, wood, spice, and raisin. People may disagree, but I definitely think 10 years of age is a little too much for this one. A little too oxidized, but still very good.

M - Palate is very smooth and creamy with medium-full body.

D - Drinkability a little above average.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2006 vintage; poured from 9.3 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: deep woody brown, highly opaque with practically no head. When I poured it, I wasn't aware of how many chunky floaties would been in the bottle: there were indeed a few.

Smell: first off, it smells like late-harvest Riesling or maybe a Gew├╝rztraminer. It's got a lot of syrupy grape, apple and pear. If I were blindfolded I would assume this was wine. That said, it is quite pleasing.

Taste: well, at first it tastes similar to a white wine, then I get the malt and grain, then I get what I can only describe as wood and cigarette smoke; it's almost tinny in that respect. I will say it's very complex, and I feel like I should be doing a lot of glass-swirling and erudite pontificating, but really, I just can't get a handle on it.

As I drink, the pattern stays the same: the beginning is quite wonderful and the finish is highly off-putting.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body which is pretty smooth.

Drinkability: I really don't know what to put here. I don't want to slam this admittedly impressive beer, but it's just not my style right now.

I really would like to come back to this beer later when my barleywine palate is more developed.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of the 1999 vintage a couple of weeks ago. The Fall season is slowly creeping in out here in New Hampshire, so I thought a J.W. Lees Harvest Ale would be a nice way to enjoy the beginning of the season.

Poured this into a snifter. A strong pour produces a decent off-white head that sits on top of a dark autumn amber. The head thins out quite a bit, but leaves a nice foamy ring around the sides of the glass. Some lacing follows.

The aroma is at first a mixture of burnt malts and sweet fruits. Plums, figs and grapes are the strongest notes that come out, followed by some honey sweetness and a bit of estery alcohol. A complex nose that is very enjoyable. I still haven't even taken a sip yet, really enjoying this.

The taste is, well... amazing. Delicious! Thick, syrupy, sugary fruits intertwined with a very hefty amount of malt. Some wood flavors are also coming through, not very strong, but adding to the robustness of the flavor. Hops are there as well, adding a little bit of floral aroma and bitterness, but mostly washed out by the honey laden fruits. Very sweet most of the time, but interrupted occasionally by roasty/burnt malts, keeping it interesting and drawing me back for more.

The mouthfeel is much like I was describing in the taste. Thick, syrupy, creamy. Very filling. A bit of alcohol sharpness here or there, but for the most part the 11.5% ABV is hidden well. Drinkability is good, but with the high ABV, the sugary sweetness and the price, you'll only want one of these for the night. But drinkability is good for what it is.

All in all I am very impressed with this beer. It looks beautiful, the aroma is complex and pleasing and the flavor is delicious. I will be picking up more of this for special occasions and hunting down the other vintages. J.W. Lees 1999 Vintage Harvest Ale is truly a great English barleywine.

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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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Harvest Ale (Limited Edition) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
4.25 out of 5 based on 1,520 ratings.
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