MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Luscious peat-smoked wood infusions hovering suggestively over the orange rinds and nascent alcohol. Definitively the most complex aroma of the 4 barrel-aged Harvest ales.
A grassy hop bitterness nicely emerges from the prevalent peatiness and diversifies the usual alcohol and sweet caramel malt stickiness. An earthy soil can even be perceived under it all, to officially salvage, for me, this entire line of barrel-aged Harvest Ales. At least this one really worked.
Probably the only second-hand smoke Iíll ever love.
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear orange, a shade darker than the others apparently, not much head, but at least it tries. Deeply peaty aroma. Finally one of those BA JW Lees lets some uniqueness of character shines through. The vegetal tones Iíve met in the others is there as well, but more subdued amongst the smooth earthy scotch-like profile. Sweet leather and almost cheesy hints adds to the richness. More leather and caramel on the tongue. Very earthy and peaty, smoky even with plenty of iodine medicinal character. Like the others, it remains very syrupy, oily and alcoholic, though perhaps not as stale. Flavourful beer without a doubt.
Ungstrup (30451) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark orange beer with a disappearing beige head. The aroma is slightly smoked and with notes of whiskey. The flavor is sweet with notes of whiskey and peach and with hints of smoke. The end is slightly woody and the alcohol burns the tongue slightly.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2005 9.3 ounce bottle: This poured a deep, rich amber color with more of a tan "film" than a head. Beneath it small bubbles slowly drifted to the top during the entire drink. Thereís a bit of smokiness blended into this sweet and fruity aroma. I didnít really notice the high abv until the ale entered my mouth. Very smooth. Thereís a sweet, smokey malt flavor with hints of juicy fruits, spices, and alcohol. The finish is smooth, sticky, sweet, and alcoholic. A very warming drink.
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madsberg (10781) - 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 (3507) - 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 (6449) - 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 (4403) - 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.