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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

 (RETIRED)
overall
98
93
style
Formerly brewed at J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 489   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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 brewers’ art. Harvest Ale can be enjoyed now or laid down like a fine wine for enjoyment to come.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Strong sweet alcohol aroma. Light brown body full of carbonation. Taste is dominated by sweetness. Body is syrupy and carbonated with alcohol burn on the way down. Way too sweet for my tastes, got difficult to finish. Overall, a dissapointment, especially considering the 7 dollar price and it isnt even a 12 oz bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Amber color with a few islands of bubbles adrift atop. Sweet malt and alcohol aromas, mild peat and caramel in the backdrop. Actually sampled with Lagavulin on the side. Quite calm next to the peat wildness of the Islay inbibiment. Still sweet and full. To be enjoyed after a fine meal a few ounces at a time. I look forward to trting this again in 5 or 10 years.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12322) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 28, 2004
(2003 bottle) Sparkling clear amber topped by medium off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, butterscotch, some whisky, light oak. Taste is quite sweet, butterscotch, some peat/smoke. The finish is the highlight, with its light smoky alcohol burn. Syrupy full body. Clearly a sipping beer, but a bit too sweet for my taste.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2004
9.3 oz bottle (Brewed in 2003, Sampled summer 2004): Great pour: fluffy white froth that grows nicely before settling in around the edges…clear ruby-gold. Outrageously complex aroma, heavily burnt oak covered in roasted peat, muddy earth, sweet smoke and a strange bit of grapefruit. I also get a sense of ocean salt…the carbonation tingles the lips but isn’t completely developed and doesn’t transfer to the palate (the tingle may just come from the alcohol). Initially salty peat flavours show the alcohol on the tongue, but some interesting flavours do develop: charred buttered toast, honey-whiskey and super sweet raisins all on a creamy mouth feel. A complex treat that leave me warm with alcohol and thirsty for some scotch whiskey…

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2008 2003 vintage.Pours a very nice dark amber color with a small white head. Very sweet malty aroma with caramel and almost a smoked whisky barrel aroma. Taste starts very thick and sweet, so thick it coats your mouth like syrup. Heavy caramel tastes, vanilla, and an aftertaste like a nice barrel aged brew should have. Very smooth rich mouthfeel that really stands this brew out from the crowd.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2004
This ale commands attention and with a complexity that makes me feel like trying again. I really enjoyed the background whisky notes (albeit faint). The taste is sweet with jabs of caramel and intense malt. The alcohol is apparent, but hidden until the finish. Slight vanilla nose and entry. I like this better than the Calvados version

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Clear shining amber. Nose simply marvelous, lightly sweet with a lovely smoky, peaty character, has a mild barleywine richness mixed with a rauchbier-esque smokiness. Whisky character very prominent in the flavor, bits of smoke, peat, and richness. Finishes sweet like the other Lees’ products. Transition from the earthiness to the sweet is a bit sudden, misses something in the middle. Still quite good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Of the four in this series I have waited to try this one with the most anticipation, you see I love Lagavulin, a very distinct and smokey whisky. Clear sparkling amber body with the lazy bubbles expected with such high gravity. Spotty small white head. The aroma is sweet with notes of the smokey peaty whisky. The first sip has tons of the whisky’s flavors, peaty, smoky, earthy. Unlike in the others I have tried in this series I think that the alcoholic burn and heavy presence works. It realy conjures the whisky, albeit in a much more subdued form. The sweetness ties things together nicely making it more than just a weak whisky. Full bodied. BY far the best in the series so far.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3491) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Amber-copper in color. Big whiskey notes in the nose. Smooth, chewy, thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Very mild carbonation. Thick malts, with notes of peat, wet wood, sweet whiskey, molasses and maple syrup. Alcohol is hidden well, but a little hotness develops in the back of the throat. Nice hop aromas. Hints of flowers and honey. Bitterness creeps up a little in the finish, but sweetness really seems to rule. Overall, I enjoyed it ... albeit a little too sweet for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2004
This is a different and good Barley Wine. Sweet malt, peet, and smokey flavors. Finishes sweet, smokey, and sticky. I will get another bottle and let it sit for a while.


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