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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
available

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 452   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (6432) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2012
275ml bottle shared by Joes. Hazy medium to dark orange color, no head. Smell malts, whisky, lightly peat and smoke. Taste malts, a lot of whiskey, some sweetness, alcohol. Heavy! Full body, medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (3491) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2012
Slightly hazy copper colour, no head. Smells whisky, oak, some bandaid smell, turf, sweet. Tastes very sweet, maple syrup, peat, smoked eel, hazel nut. Lots of tastes going on in a very long lasting aftertaste. This beer is the most complex one iíve tasted so far. Thick body, low and soft carbo.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nightsky (175) - Lutz, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Brewed in 2005 Heavy aroma, smell of raisin and slightly of brown sugar. Appearance was ok but not great, no head. Bursting with flavor! Full and lush, it starts off very sweet, has hints of raisin and a subtle smokiness. Thick oily palate. Delicious

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jnkor (312) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Aroma is sweet but robust. Poured with no head, but an appealing brownish orange. Sweet but full like a wee heavy or a barley wine. I can feel the high ABV, but not too strongly - this beer might age well. (2005)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1268) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2012
2010 Bottle; Pour is slightly murky golden amber with a very modest off white head in this head. Retention is poor, with nearly no head to speak of. The nose is peat, booze, smoke, and caramel. The flavor profile is interesting for sure ; it has a heavy barrel treatment with peat, booze, whiskey, vanilla, earthiness, and some barley wine character comes through with the caramel, biscuits, and toffee. This is a nice beer and quite enjoyable if youíre a fan of smokiness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
magsinva (846) - Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Bottle from hops & vines Asheville - 2007 vintage - While I appreciate the complexity that aging on oak whiskey barrels has added, I just didnít love this beer. I like the vanilla and the smokiness from the whiskey, it just felt passed its prime. I think if I had it in 2010-11 I would have enjoyed it more.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2012
A golden ale with a thin ring white head. In aroma, loads of peaty scotch and alcohol, a tad unbalanced. In mouth, loads of candy sugar, plums, peaty whiskey barrel, vanilla beans, interesting if a bit cloying, alcohol burn. On tap at Sunset Grill, July 15, 2012.

2.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
crossovert (6360) - Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Nice smoky smell, big peatiness and almost burnt rubber. The flavor is smoky but also vegetal with a sweet pea flavor.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (491) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Poured on draft. Auburn light brown color with no head or carbonation. Aroma of smoked peat and caramel. The flavor should definitely appeals to peat monsters out there but if you not a fan of smoky single malt then may not be your cup of tea. Very smooth with butterscotch and well masked alcohol layer

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2266) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Shared at my tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks Pete! review from notes. 2005 vintage Lagavulin is possibly my favorite single malt scotch, so Iím looking forward to trying a nice vintage bottle of this brew. There is virtually no head or lace on this hazy brown beer. Aromas consist of sweet malt, cherries, apple brandy, and alcohol. The scotch barrel really comes through nicely. Some time in the cellar served this beer very well. I had a very young bottle of this once, and didnít care for it much, as the alcohol presence was overbearing. This beer drinks very smoothly, as Iím sure the aging process mellowed this beast out a bit. This was a tasty beer, and good for sharing several ways. An ounce or two was plenty. I recommend trying this beer, but only after it has spent some years in the cellar.


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