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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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 480   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 brewersí art. Harvest Ale can be enjoyed now or laid down like a fine wine for enjoyment to come.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6346) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2004
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Clear gold, with a large off-white head. Strong nose of peaty scotch whisky. Sweet, with a strong smoaked peat scotch flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (4388) - Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2004
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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 24, 2004
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!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2004
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3436) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
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...

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2410) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2004
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2004
Sweet syrup alcoholic caramel, whiskey barrel on the nose, oaky roughness on the tongue; especially at the end. Disturbingly smooth, but feel the carbonation softly on the roof of your mouth. Burnt sugar in the midde of the taste followed by a nice woody hop edge and long sweet finish. I enjoyed this more as it warmed up.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6514) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, molasses, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), with light notes of smoke, cask wood, butterscotch, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Full body, creamy/velvety texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Good stuff, as is the plain Harvest, but I donít think the whisky barrel greatly improved the character of the base barleywine much...its effects are small.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Orange gold color. Small head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, touch of oak and whisky. A full bodied barley wine. Malts are carmely, fruity and sweet. Touches of oak and a very slight touch of whisky. Its there but rather subdued. Nice sipping beer. Very smooth. Nice finish, oaky and sweet with a big alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a alcohol bite.


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