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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 490   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kerenmk (3414) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle sample at Yael and Nimrod’s. Thanks Nimrod. 2011 bottle. Clear amber and almost headless. Peaty aroma - delicate. Some green and then a little sweetness in the nose. Bitter taste with apparent sweetness and peat in the mouth. Smooth, round mouthfeel, full-bodied, no carbonation, honey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (1314) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Pours a murky dull amber with a short-lived khaki head. Big whiskey nose. Smooth, heavy mouthfeel. Very well-blended caramel apple, smoke, and whiskey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (7313) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s tasting, 2012 edition. Smoky, dry, sweet toffee, thin, bit young.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SuperTiti33 (787) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
Ambrée. Léger collet blanc. Nez: fumé. Salin. Boisé. Malt tourbé. Bouche: très sucré. Énormément boisé. Lagavulin à fond. Salin. Vanille. Caramel au beurre salé. Absolument sublime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (7008) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
275ml bottle from Craig, cheers for keeping ahold of! Pours murky pale brown, no head. Aromas of whisky and wood, some sweetness. Taste is whisky and cardboard. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McNeillR (1834) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
Pale auburn and headless, a bit oddly cloudy. Dank, wee bit carboardy is a bit more of a distinction between the sweetness of the beer and the ageing - showcasing how actually impressive the others had held up. e. Vibrant iondine. A bit more raking on still an excellent mouthfeel. Almost minty/cooling from the burn of the booze both from the ageing and the ABV.

Bottle, Cheers CAGarvieUK, 2006 bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
BenH (3206)
- Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
Bottle, 2012. Amber with pretty much no head. Aroma is full on whisky, tcp. Taste of smokey tcp. A tough drink

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (18086) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
bottle at home ... golden amber ,,, thin white lacing ... soft fruits ... big whisky nose ... soft fruits ... big big sweet whisky .. light toffe malt .. nto working for me

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
Bottle from Beer Emporium, Sandbach. Drank at home on my billy with the sherry and calvados versions, 2010 bottle, destroyed by me in March 2012. Poured a slightly murky amber brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of earthy peat and whiskey, VERY ME. Flavour more scotch (which would be by chosen choice of weapon in a drink to the death), brown sugar, smoke. Good stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jamesthebrit (367) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2014 Sweet earthy fruity note. Woody. Looks amazing (on tap) Taste is complex like the smell. Woody earthy. Palate is sour. Smooth. Medium body. Overall an amazing beer. A must try... even tho its retired. It was 2011 on tap. :) so good. Ooooooo got a bottle from 2005. Opened and flat as a pancake. Super heavy. Super sweet. Like brandy. This is a sipping beer. Really I’m surprised it stayed so good being this old. Scotch note is very solid. But the sweetness takes away.

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