madsberg (10457) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled: Deep clear golden almost orange coloured. Small beige head. Wood, alcohol, fruit in the aroma. Quite smooth. Reminds me a lot of Lagavulin Scotch (We took a bottle and sniffed!!!). Flavour is fruity, light smoked, has light notes of alcohol and spice. In the end the thoughts again goes to of the Lagavulin barrels. Nice one
Kinz (3361) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting. Someone poured a little barley wine in with my scotch to cut it. Orange in color, perfectly clear, very faint head fades completely. Faint aroma of caramel is overwhelmed by the familiar scent of Lagavulin (a favorite Scotch of mine). The whiskey notes are marked by wood, iodine, salt, and seaweed. When cooler, the whiskey component completely overwhelms the rest of the beer. When this sipper eventually reaches room temperature, the caramel notes come through, wrapping sweetly around the ocean tinged peat flavors of the Scotch. Amazing how much of the character of Lagavulin carries through cleanly in this experiment. Long lingering flavor. As fascinating as this beer was, however, I didnít like it as well as either the normal J.W. Lees Harvest Ale or normal Lagavulin. Though a balance was achieved between the distinct flavors, the two companions never seem entirely at ease with each other. I guess Iím partial to the flavors of bourbon when it comes to aging a beer in whiskey casks.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
01.07.05 11oz or so bottle, I forgot to look. Copperish honey pour is clear as glass beneath a thin off-white head. Aromas of leather, peat-smoke, wood, light loive brine(?), white grape. Whiskey notes are evident across the palate and very pleasant as honey, oak, tanned leather, tobacco (lots of tobacco), and a dry sweetness all highlight themselves and meld cleanly. Of all the JW Lees in the wood, this I can see being the least appealing to those with disdain for whiskey as those characteristics are most evident. I think itís a fascinating brew, although tiresome to drink the whole glass with any expediency.
BBB63 (6152) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle and tasted in a smaller Great Lakes snifter: Glowing amber hue with a fading head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of caramlized malting, peat, sea salt, ripened apple, white pepper, juniper berries, sublime oak, floral and aromatic hops and moderate phenols. The taste starts with a noticeable sweet malt and burnt sugar character before the rush of whisky cleans the palate. The use of the scotch is well done and doesnít overpower the beer basic nature. Subdued fruity tones appear every so often to add depth of palate. The finish does display a woody undertone, a bit smoky and some has some twangy bitters. The feel is aggressive yet not so much to not want you to take another sip, very mild alcohol warming. I like this a canít wait to see how a few years of aging will do to this unique beer. Recommended.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear gold, with a large off-white head.
Strong nose of peaty scotch whisky. Sweet, with a strong smoaked peat scotch flavor.
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a small white head with virtually no lacing, very little carbonation, transparent and an orange hue. Aroma was malty, sweet, whiskey, caramel, and alcohol. Flavor was malty, whiskey, caramel, and vinuous. Mouthfeel was vinuous and a slight burning sensation.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich gold w/light amber hints and a small if non exsistent head. Nose of Peat, smoke, sweet malt, iodine, light cherry, and faint alcohol. Med-Heavey body, sweet with smoky dry finish though a bit cloying. Flavors of sweet malt, honey, smoke, iodine, spice and band-aid. I though this really showed the lagavulin character and thus I thoughly enjoyed it!
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 Cyrstal clear pink-tinted amber body, not much head. Warm, fruity, wood-accented aroma. Thereís a bite of either alcohol or hops at the end of the aroma, Iím not sure which it is. The flavor is approaching oversweet but itís tempered by a dry, sort of smokey wood taste. The start of the flavor has a nice plummy, nougaty sweetness with some almost cirtrusy hops. Finishes with jus the right amount of sweet vs. dry. Good stuff!
2004 bottle. This is one peaty bitch! Dry woody peat aroma with light pear. The aroma primarily features the woody peat but the flavor combines it with that cream smooth creamy barleywine - itís very complimentary.
DYCSoccer17 (3354) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very fruity aroma with hints of sweet brown sugar. Slightly rubbery whisky aroma. Transparent orange coor with very quickly dissipating light yellow head into nothing. Smokey, rubbery whiskey taste hits you to start. Very smoked and woodsy campfire notes. Finishes sweet with some spicy pepperiness. This is my least favorite of the 4...
Dorwart (2386) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent light beige head with amazing carbonation. Head lingers for a while. Bubbles are formed at the bottom and very slowly rise to the top of the glass. Very weird how slow they rise but oh so seductive. Rich, sweet aroma with peat, loads of malts, caramel and a distinct whisky kick. Bit of smoke also. Color is a dark orange/brown. Wow is this stuff smooth. Strong alcohol presence and a nice whisky bite. Little sweet. More malts and caramel and smoke. Not overly complex. Soft in the mouth. Finish is smooth and warming with a lingering alcohol sting on the tongue. A top qualtiy barleywine and one that should be enjoyed slowly.