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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

Formerly brewed at J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 489   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2004
This gets so close to being cloying, but is pulled back from the edge of that abyss by its wonderful Scotch peat flavor and alcohol. Both the aroma and flavor are complex, with the Lagavulin flavor wending its way nicely through that ton of fruity malt. Impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5187) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2004
I noticed this had more ratings than the other cask styles. I guess I am not the only one that thought that whiskey barrels would be superior. I may try the others later down the line. Pours with a light and bright copper color with no head. Has little carbonation. The aroma is whiskey, smoky pete, cherries and port wine. The taste is brown sugar and carmel. The mouthfeel was extremely thick. While the initial taste is too sweet, the finish is smoky. I would like to try this a few years from now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Tasting this beer along side of the port, sherry, and calvados. All three have about the same copper color and a thing head that went away quickly. This one seemed to have the most bubbles flow from the beer after the head is gone. There is a noticable smell of pete, typical of many types of whiskey (most commonly Irish) the first thing that came to mind on the flavor was, OH WOW. The beer has the semi-sweetness one would expect from a good barley wine, but has that hint of whiskeysmokeyness at the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Wow, this is it. Of the ones that I have had of this series this is the killer. The malts and alcohol just make this better than good. But when you throw the lagavulin in it is just a masterpiece. At first I was not entirely sold on this, sure it is aged and stuff. but later when I had a sample of the lagavulin I was totally sold. The taste in the beer is exactally that of the lagavulin. Again, I didnt believe this until I tried the lagavulin later in the night.Wow, what a winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Nice amber body with small white head. Aroma supports the fact of being aged in Lagavulin casks. Smoke, wood, whiskey nose. Some caramel. Good full body and mouthfeel. Syrupy. Flavor was warm and alcoholic and some earthiness and potency. This series of Harvest Ales will age in awesome fashion if one could stay away from them long enough to give them the chance. I doubt I can.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
jaymobrown (1746) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2004
UGH!!! Pure alcohol nose. Overwhelming alcohol in taste. Some sweet maltish flavors and sugars, but címon this alcohol thickness is way out of control. Perhaps laid down it would mellow out, but as of now it is just unbearable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Bright amber with a thin pure-white head. Overly sweet and alcoholic. Thick and unforgiving! Much more peatiness and earthiness in this one. Alcoholic burn is way upfront in this whole series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5595) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Pours a golden orange with a small, and quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is smoky and woody. Some fruit and grain as well. Taste is strong with alcohol and huge amounts of smoked wood and peaty flavors. Strong sweetness as well. Smoky sweet with strong notes of alcohol would sum this up well. I personally think the smoky flavors are a bit overdone. However, Iíll bet that as this ages, it mellows A LOT. The palate is silky smooth and it glides over your tongue and down the throat. Sort of sticky, though and it leaves a mild residue behind. Finish is sweet and more smoke. Good beer, but Iíll state again that this will be better with age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 16, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2004 Poured a clear light orange with a medium cream colored head. Has a big fruity, cereal, grain aroma. Not until I tasted it did I realize what the aroma was. The taste is, to me, like sweet BBQ. Smoky sweet flavor. Interesting but definitely a sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Bottle pours an amazingly transparent orangish amber, small fizzly white head, soft carbonation, with respectable lacing. † Aroma is slightly woody, but heavy on the alcohol. † It has a slight medicinal aroma which I hope doesnít show on the tongue. † WOW! † This is amazingly smooth... the 11.5% ABV is not dectable at all! † Woody notes dominate this one. † Slightly sweet, slightly malty, with hints of honey, caramel, salted butter, and squash. † Soft, velvetly mouthfeel. † Finish is quick and crisp. † This can be dangerously too easy to drink quickly. † Iím still amazed as to how smooth this one is. † Big thanks to jeffc666 for the trade!

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