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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

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


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RATINGS: 504   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 brewersí art. Harvest Ale can be enjoyed now or laid down like a fine wine for enjoyment to come.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2005
2004 bottle. Nice dark copper color with little head. Aromas of malt, whisky, peat, smoke, wet grass, toffee, butterscotch, alcohol, leather and maple syrup. Flavor was exqusite sweet caramelly malt, island scotch, chocolate, sweet wine, ripe dark fruits, candy corn, butterscotch, toast, and a hint of yeast. No hops to be found, save in the slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel was syrupy thick and velvety smooth. This barleywine is sweet but not cloyingly so. The whisky barrel aging adds a marvelous peaty/smoky character. To me thereís also the sweet alcohol bite of a good bourbon as well. Finally thereís a note of fine cognac -- warm and sweetly fruity -- that makes a great barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 2004 edition pours a dark copper brown color w/ nice visible carbonation and a great thick creamy tan head. Aroma of molasses, oak, maple syrup, and even a bit smokey. Palate is rich full and creamy. The flavor is a very sweet barley wine. Lots of warm carmel and molasis in a syruppy fashion. Hints of oak and even a touch of a aged whiskey/tobacco piece in the finish the 11.5% is completly hidden in the flavor and Iíd alos add a bit of abutter component as the beer warms. This is some good beer. Adjusted rating on another 04 aged a bit longer. Bumped appearance to a 5.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13438) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Bottle 2004 vintage poured a hazy copper with a small but lasting amber head. Aromas of bacon bits,sweet fruit, and a bit of toffee. Palate was heavy and oily. Flavors of bacon bits,oak, molasses, and butter with a sweet warming finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 275 ml 2003 bottle. The beer pours to glowing copper body with a thin oily looking white head, visible carbonation and spotty lacing. I like the shiny color. The aroma is a nice strong barleywine aroma with a huge peaty scotch. This smells awesome. I love Lagavulin scotch. Smoked oak. Clover. The flavor is sweet nougat candy, smoked peat, sweet but not cloying. Molasses, butter, anise, tobacco. Sweet and dry (if thatís possible). Full bodied, lively carbonation. Very warming but one doesnít taste the alcohol. Very delicious. 9, 4, 9, 5, 19 = 4.6
275 ml 2004 bottle. I really got into scotch, this is great. 10, 4, 8, 4, 17 = 4.3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2005
2004 bottle. Iím generally adhere to the principle that one needs no more than 2-3 ounces to rate a beer (how would professionals rate Scotch otherwise?), but in the case of this particular ale, oneís experience heightens with continued consumption. Defying economic theory, there are no diminishing marginal returns here. The combination of barleywine sweetness meets Lagavulin smokiness is rather surprising initiatlly, but as the shock decays and oneís senses grow accustom, one is treated to a hedonistic experience. Notes of cedar, smoke, toffee, butter, and what I like to think of as Italian mortadella embody all that is good in life (and beer). I enjoyed this immensely and eagerly anticipate its ageing virtues.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Ah, the whiskey one. A slightly dark amber color to it. I get the aroma of a bbq house out of it as i definetely get some smoked hickory in the aroma. I get some cowboy beef jerkey in the body and also some brown sugar and maybe even some bacon cooked up in that brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2005
This was interesting. had some seriosu funk to it, like the cheese funk from a geuze or something. had a big well water, metallic taste too. definitely get the alcohol, and for some reason pizza?? like bacon or pepperoni/ smoked. weird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Pours reddish-amber with a single layer of bubbles on top. Smoke, oak, dark fruit, light hops in the aroma. Faint but complex. Very sweet flavor. Unfortunately reminds me of the Utopias, just not as sickening. Alcohol is well-masked. Thereís a very nice dry oak, peat, and tobacco finish that leaves me feeling like I just smoked a cigar. Seriously. Thatís awesome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2005
Deep burnt orange hue with a medium, frothy, white head. Smoke, oak, toffee, caramel, alcohol...almosty a meaty quality to this one. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic flavor. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic finish. Full bodied, sticky texture, moderate carbonation, light alcohol. I just donít think an Islay whisky was the right choice here...

   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, Iíve 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.

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