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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

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Formerly brewed at J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 465   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
M82 (284) - Kansas, USA - FEB 9, 2014
A minimal yet fairly resilient, soapy off white head crowns a vibrant auburn body with fiery crimson and amber highlights, each swirl creating a flurry of carbonation, recreating the thin sheet of head while each sip leaves a segmented peninsula of lace
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The peat influence initially dominates the aromas, eventually fading back to reveal a lively whiskey fruitiness embossed with caramel, marshmallow, toasted brown sugar, maple syrup, coffee cake, pecan pie, and fig, with juicy pear and apple nuances rounding out, all the components eloquently flood the palate on a silky smooth medium-heavy body, the oaky peat addition sparks further interest with the bolder notes of the base ale, peat and oak tannin sharpen the sweet components and add a spicy characteristic which is an interesting addition texturally to the smooth, fully coated palate, residuals circle back to the prominent peat and oak tones with maple and caramel syrup complimenting slightly acidic layers of pear and apple juice

275ml capped bottle vintage 2006 consumed February 9, 2014 served at 65º into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dreamflower (576) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle shared with northropfrye. This tastes like our local artisan butcher shop smells and that’s a good thing. Sweet and smokey and delicious. My favourite English ale I believe though I haven’t checked my stats.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2208) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
The rating that (for now) after 2.5 years on ratebeer moved me into first place in Manitoba. 2010 bottle. Murky amber body, not much head at all. Oaky, smokey, sweet dried fruit aroma. Taste is intense of whisky, sweet malts and lots of wood and smoke. Palate was a bit flat. Overall with a nicer head and more bit on the palate this would be been fabulous. As it, it’s merely good.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamJackson (2599) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Dark reddish brown. Nose was sweet with candies. Smokey / peat taste, charcoal, lots of sweet notes. but it has the most disgusting floaters ever like thick pieces of wood floating around in it. gross.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3452) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 17, 2014
275 ml. bottle. 2008 version. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a small white head. Aroma of fruit, wood, alcohol, and smoke. Taste is caramel, dark fruit, oak, alcohol, and smoke. A bit too sweet for me. Do want to try other versions now.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
cstuartj (973) - Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2014
bottle, cloudy yellow pour, no head or lacing. Nose is smoky, peaty. lots of smoke and oak and peat in the attack. very sweet, overly sweet. pretty cool beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle from once upon a vine on 04/17/2011. 2009 Vintage. Slightly hazy amber body with no head. Big peated smoke aroma with caramel, fruit, floral hops and toasty malt. Sweet peat smoked malt and light charred notes with caramel, rum soaked fruit, and toasty malt flavor. Full body with low carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle from 07 courtesy of Paul at his place for feetbulls. Soft malt and a bit of sweetness, hints of wood. Medium-bodied, sweet and malty, lots of sweetness, caramel, wood. Not much smoke or anything like that, but it’s mostly sweet and a bit of vanilla. Sweet on the finish, caramel, smooth and easy drinking, very faint hints of whiskey. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Pour on tap at Black Bottle, dark brownish red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, big peat, mossy, earthy notes, hints of spice, slight grass in there, lots of caramelized sugars in there as well. Taste is a mix of dark sugars, caramel, toffee, slight earth into big peat, moss, slight spice, finishing sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olr1984 (1076) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2013
2010 12oz bottle Pours a hazy orange with zero head and some sediment. Peat wood aroma. Wood caramel fig and sweet malt taste.


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