JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
At the risk of having my geek license revoked, I will tell you I didnít like this one. Appearance was fine, looked like liquor. Aroma had some wood to it, and syruppy sweetness, and medicine type aroma. Flavor wasnít overwelmingly sweet like some of the JW Leeís Harvest that Iíve had, but I didnít like what was there either. I think I perfer Listerine. Mouthfeel was viscous and sticky. Finish was slightly sweet. I might lay one of these down, but it wonít be me drinking it!
hopscotch (9365) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sparkling clear amber ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Ink-blot lacework. Malty, earthy nose with notes of oak, smoke, whiskey, honey and butterscotch. The flavor is very malty, but decently balanced with shots of caramel, whiskey, wood and smoke. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, full, sweet finish.
egajdzis (5384) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color with a small, quickly diminishing white head. Whiskey, light vanilla, some peat in the aroma. First impression was that it was sweet and alcoholic. Syrupy sweet, nutty, definitely a whiskey burn on the way down. I have been a fan of whiskey aged beers, and this was damn good, but there have been better ones. Maybe it just needs more time in the cellar?
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sparkling clear amber body, very thin white head. Nose is rich and complex, with notes of peat smoke, whiskey, vanilla, and wood. Flavor almost matches aroma, but itís a bit on the sweeter side. Hops make a brief appearance, but never find their way out completely. Full bodied, syrupy, soft carbonation, sweet whiskey smoke finish. Take note that if you donít like whiskey, this probably wonít be your thing. Obviously though, I loved it!
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal clear and very light in color with almost no head. Smells like Scotch. Really interesting flavor, tastes like Scotch mixed with beer, but not overpowering.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, amber body with almost no head. Strong, alcoholic nose with lots of sweet, fruity malts. Raisin, apples, wood and warming licorice alcohol. I mean, literally, the nose is just assaulted with alcohol. The body is interesting as sometimes it seems thin, but isnít, and nor is it thick. Really interesting flavors and where the Lagavulin peaks its nose out. Salty as all get out. I donít remember having a barrel-aged beer that took on as much character from the previous liquid, as does this one. A bit peaty, but really it seems more like a sweet, alcoholic beer mixed with salt water. A slow sipper that really takes time to appreciate and analyze. Not outstanding, but interesting nonetheless. Iíd like to see what some time will do to this one.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of phenols, peat, vanilla on the nose. The nose reminds me of pinotage. The palate is smoky with flavors of bacon fruit, and olive oil. Long sweet smokey finish.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a thin white head that fades. Aroma is of dough, alcohol, and a hint of smoke. The flavor is of heavy smoke and leather with a sweet honey-biscuit maltyness. The smoke and leather calm down a bit as the beer warms. I really did not like this one much at all until the beer hit room tempature when the malt backing becomes noticable enough to balance the smoke making a pretty interesting beer. If I was more of a whiskey lover I think I would like this one a lot.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2004 Poured an almost gold color with a very small head. Aroma of light smokiness and believe it or not, Lavavulin. The taste was like other JW Lees Harvests with the same smokiness of the aroma, in the taste. Warm and smooth. I had to try it alongside the scotch, as I have a bottle on hand. Although young, worth drinking now and once matured. A true gem.
zathrus13 (1721) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2004 Pours orange/gold. Aroma is like none Iíve ever smelled in a beer before. Itís smoky, reminds me of a smoked ham. Taste is also like smoked ham , cloves, vanilla and a bit of malt. Mostly sweet, with some subtle hops. Mouthfeel is full, body is thick and heavy. The smokiness goes a long way, but a definite must try due to it limited status and unique aromas and flavors.