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J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale by J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
English Barleywine
11.50 % ABV


 
Review by James Kitchens on 10/30/11  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 8 16 5 8 1999
1999 vintage, bought a few years ago. Another of the "carving pumpkins beers" that we're having today. This is another great one too. Tastes a bit like slightly burnt caramel. Aroma is muted, but taste is still great.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 19 4 9 1999
Old Review
Picked up this bottle at Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Served up in my new Terrapin snifter.

A: Pours nice cola dark brown, almost black. Pretty clear. Very little hint of carbonation. Poured a thin wispy head that recedes to a ring and some swirls at the top of the liquid. This lasts the entire beer. Lots of sheeting on the glass as you work your way down.

S: Smell is of some serious caramel goodness. Lots of malt. Sweet, buttery bread as well. Then you get the fruit: dates, prunes, raisin, figs. The fruit is almost candied. There is a bit of heavy booze in the nose that is touch off putting, but still overall very nice.

T: Taste is serious malty goodness. So much caramel flavor it is ridiculous. Sweet but not crazy. The fruit is yet again candied but not overly sweet, with dates, cherries, prunes and raisins. There is a touch of brown sugar in here. Also some oak is poking through. So nice and tasty. Touch of boozy goodness on the finish.

M: This is a ful bodied brew. Really creamy in the feel. Coats incredibly well. There is a touch of cherry syrup on the aftertaste but it is mostlly caramel. ABV is here but there is zero burn. The creaminess is what sells this brew.

D: This brew is damned good. So subtle and creamy. Lots of caramel makes this just fantastic. I really enjoyed this beer and glad that Frank suggested it. Will definitely get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 11-24-2008 06:10:34

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 11/06/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 17 4 9 0
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.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/29/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2003
275ml bottle.

A- Very murky dark orange pour. It has floaties! Little to no head(furley>hey) A thin layer of bubbles hand around the side of the glass.

S- Strong burnt caramel and alcohol nose. You can tell this is a beast.

T- Whoa...As before big rasin flavor...caramel..and warm alcohol finish. A lot of sweetness to it, but overwhelming. A solid sipper for sure.

M- Very good for the lack of carbonation up front.

O- Another very good brew, and not as sweet as I thought it would be.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/22/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 5 8 2002
2002 poured into a SNIFTER, BITCHES!

Pours a murky medium amber, not a lot of foam here. Smell is w0w, serious alcohol nose here. This is a big brew. Alcohol up front, with raisins. For this size of brew, the finish is awesome. Great, great brew.

Served In: Bottle

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