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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
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RATINGS: 465   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Nice clear deep amber body, thin off-white head. Sticky sweet hops, whisky cork aroma. Sweet syrupy malt, whisky adds a slightly overpowering character. Its not strong with whisky/alcohol, but its strong with general flavor knocking up against the sweet malt. After a while though, I’ve grown to accept it. Its kind of nice, but the barrel aging in this, to me added a dry woodiness that caught me by surprise.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2005
275ml. bottle brewed in 2003. Clear copper color with a thin white head. Aroma of peat smoked malt, whiskey and caramel. Smoky malt flavor with some whiskey, caramel and tobacco. Not my thing but well made.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2005 Édition 2003. Couleur orange caramel à l’apparence claire, translucide et alcoolique. Aucun dégagement gazeux lors du service, faible mousse facilement re-créable en agitant le verre. Arômes marqués des caractéristiques d’un alcool fort, oui, tel le whisky mais aussi le sherry pour l’oxydation qui est facilement détectable. Alcool, sirop d’érable, dattes, pommes meurtris sous une touche organique, terreuse et de fumée style tourbée. Quoique bien maltée en bouche, on n’y trouve qu’un soupçon de l’épaisseur de celui habituellement présent dans les vintages. Toujours plutôt sucrée, une touche d’oxydation est suivi d’un signifiant mordant de houblon vert. Finale très alcoolique rappelant aussi précisément la cire à chaussure., probablement à cause de son caractère fumée. Texture sirupeuse et collante, corps d’épaisseur épaisse à pleine, fine carbonatation chatouillant momentanément la langue. Bouteille, Charlie’s Liquor, Boston, Janvier 2005.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 23, 2005
9.3 oz. 2003 bottle. Clear light copper color with a thin head and some lacing. Nice peaty whisky nose. Flavor of peat smoke, whisky, malt, and wood. Full bodied. Great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2005
9.3 oz bottle shared with Humulone Red. THe color is golden/orange with a small head. It is very clear. The aroma is LAGAVULIN!! Go figure! I must confess I love this scotch so the rating is affected by this fact. I can live with it though. :-) The flavoris very malty with caramel, pretty sweet and of course, it definitely tasted peaty like Lagavulin. Try some if you can, great stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2005
2004. Bottle, Poured dark and had a nice haed. The nose was whiskey and did not set my heart on fire. The taste was snokey and wood and Whiskey. And alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2005
"2004 Vintage": After its repudiation of the 275ml brown bottle, it takes up a short-lived residence in my glass a slightly hazy deep brownish-amber color with an appreciable creamy head that slowly erodes leaving a tight skirt of lace to conceal the glass. Oh my what a nose, where does one start with the honey sweetness or with the unmistakable Lagavulin Whiskey aromas, how about the smoked peat, meaty and fruity what a treat for the senses, start is thickly sweet, nicely malted, the top light to moderate in feel. Finish is gentle in its acidity, the hops pushed aside by the oak and whiskey flavors, dry aftertaste that coats the palate and the noticeable tummy warming adds much to the enjoyment of this “ne plus ultra” creation of the brewers’ art.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Bright amber color with a medium, firm beige head. Nice aroma, full, with notes of smoke, vanilla, caramel, and fig. Big sweet flavor, sticky icky, vanilla again, mild scotch. Massive body, very sticky, alcohol is present but doesn’t detract much. Quality stuff.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Light copper, much lighter in color than regular Harvest. The aroma, though multi-dimensional, is pretty gentle and wimpy overall with light oak, peaty hints, saffron, cigarette ashtray, caramel and scotch hints. Engaging, but unrefined barrel contribution. Smoky and alcoholic with caramel and scotch flavors. Heavy feel with a lightly creamy texture. Not enjoyable at all and an honest drainpour for me. Harvest and Lagavulin is not a good idea.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (4606) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is definitely different from the Regular, Calvados, and port. Strong presence of smoke, whiskey, and alcohol in the this one. Pours a transparent reddish-orange with a small white ring for a head. Sweet with honey and apple like all the rest. However, just like the aroma, a strong smoke presence. I really don’t get the whiskey in the taste like I do in the aroma. Alcohol doesn’t makes it’s presence felt in flavor or warmth like the others. Have yet to try the Sherry version, but so far I would say this is the sweetest. Not a big fan of the intense sweetness mixed with smoke flavor.


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