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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

 (RETIRED)
overall
97
92
style
Formerly brewed at J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
available

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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Only available filtered and pasteurised in bottles.
Matured in wooden casks of Lagavulin Malt Whiskey, one of the most distinctive malt whisky from the island of Islay, characterized by the strong peaty notes which should blend with the Harvest Ale to give an explosion of flavors.
This fully fermented ale has been brewed by JW Lees as a celebration of the brewers’ art. Harvest Ale can be enjoyed now or laid down like a fine wine for enjoyment to come.


lagermonkey's rating

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2010
On cask at The Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA. 2001 vintage. It pours a lightly hazy dark amber with no head to speak of. I could have just smelled this beer and been satisfied. Peaty and earthy, sweet malt and whiskey from the cask. Beautiful. The taste matches the smell. Very boozy and quite sweet but always with that peaty, whisky flavor permeating throughout. Very fruity with hints of toffee and vanilla. Sweetish finish with the whisky flavor lingering. Outstanding.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (3872) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle. Deep hazy amber liquid with minimal off-white head. Aroma of peat, raw sugar, toffee, raisins and dried fruit. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of peat, smoke, raw sugar and light licorice. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Too much barrel character.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
wedgie9 (2598) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 9, 2016
2012 Vintage
Tasted on 6/8/16 from a capped 330mL bottle sent as an extra in a trade. Pours muddy dark orange with a thin beige head that quickly disappears to nothing more than a thin collar of lace. The nose is the perfect marriage of smokey Islay scotch and sweet maple malt, along with some light earth and tons of honey and heather. The flavor is the same meld of smokey Islay scotch, tons of caramel and maple malt, with light earth, honey and the very interesting addition of a charred note. The body is full and almost syrupy with light carbonation and a long smokey, honeyed, and somewhat bitter charred finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
HarryPlopper (57) - - MAY 9, 2016
Golden brown color, cloudy. No carbonation and very little head when poured into a glass from a bottle. Very alcoholic smell. Strong caramel taste comma with hints of wood and Oak. Very strong alcohol content but not overpowering. Very smooth mouthfeel and no bitter aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (9563) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2016
2008 bottle. Pours a clear copper with small white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is toffee, dark fruit, whiskey. Medium mouth, lots of peat, dark fruit, smoke, boozy finish, good.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kaser (5506) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Gross. Golden pour from bottle with white head. Honey and piece of shit smell. Tastes like smokey whiskey. This might be good and I might not be in the mood

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christpuncher (2704) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Like a shot of makers. Smokey boxy whiskey flavor. Aroma makes me sick. Pours light yellow with no head. Had out of a bottle at kasers

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
thepatrickman (714) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 21, 2015
From notes (7/27/15). I may have had an off bottle -- floaties, sludge, and a harsh, oxidized taste -- but I think it was just age on the bottle. Past its prime now, although the whiskey aroma suggests some of the great flavors it may once have had.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3020) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2015
This is the 2012 version and it’s good. The aroma was overpoweringly scotch, but way more balanced in the flavor. Carbonation was very light and while that can be expected in many BWs, I think a bit more here would have helped. More years on it? Probably mellow the scotch more, but also lose more gas, so a wash. I’d be curious to try one just to see, though. This hasn’t been one of my favs of the series.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2948) - Gray, Maine, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Pours a medium copper color with a thin gaseous eggshell foam. Nose is peaty up front with deep honey and buckwheat undertones. Palate follows the nose with sweet toffee, honey drizzeled toasted waffle with a smokey mysterious earthiness in the mid to front of palate. The lingering smoke of the peat wanders into the finish with soft sweet hoeycomb nuances. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Luvystypotables (1562) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2015
Aroma of oak, whiskey and a hint of smoke. Pours a hazy tan color. Amazing taste of a peaty scotch, with hints of malt and cigar smoke. Medium body with a smokey scotch finish.


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