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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

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

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RATINGS: 464   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 brewers’ art. Harvest Ale can be enjoyed now or laid down like a fine wine for enjoyment to come.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Description says only available in bottles, but this was at The Thirsty Monk in Asheville as part of their Thirsty Fest. Definitely Lagavulin with its distinct peat bomb flavor. Mixed well with the sweet toffee, brown sugar and golden raisins of the base beer. Palate is light for the 11.5% but still a bit syrupy. Love it.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ansjelaah (1357) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2012
Gedronken met joes, benzai en dutchdrebus, oranje kleurig, geen schuim, whiskey en houtgeur, en smaakt heeel zoet, stroop, hazelnoten. Bijzonder. 2005.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (8140) - 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 (3980) - 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 i’ve 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 (176) - 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 (316) - 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 (1351) - 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 you’re a fan of smokiness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
magsinva (878) - 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 didn’t 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 (9904) - 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 (7309) - 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.


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