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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

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

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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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.


3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2014
bottle, cloudy yellow pour, no head or lacing. Nose is smoky, peaty. lots of smoke and oak and peat in the attack. very sweet, overly sweet. pretty cool beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle from once upon a vine on 04/17/2011. 2009 Vintage. Slightly hazy amber body with no head. Big peated smoke aroma with caramel, fruit, floral hops and toasty malt. Sweet peat smoked malt and light charred notes with caramel, rum soaked fruit, and toasty malt flavor. Full body with low carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle from 07 courtesy of Paul at his place for feetbulls. Soft malt and a bit of sweetness, hints of wood. Medium-bodied, sweet and malty, lots of sweetness, caramel, wood. Not much smoke or anything like that, but it’s mostly sweet and a bit of vanilla. Sweet on the finish, caramel, smooth and easy drinking, very faint hints of whiskey. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Pour on tap at Black Bottle, dark brownish red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, big peat, mossy, earthy notes, hints of spice, slight grass in there, lots of caramelized sugars in there as well. Taste is a mix of dark sugars, caramel, toffee, slight earth into big peat, moss, slight spice, finishing sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2013
2010 12oz bottle Pours a hazy orange with zero head and some sediment. Peat wood aroma. Wood caramel fig and sweet malt taste.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adnielsen (10445) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Tap @ Black Bottle. Pours a hazy, dark orange appearance with no head. Aroma is full of booze, smoked peat, Scotch, caramel, and a bit of citrus. Honestly, quite hard to drink. Boozy, big whisky, goopy orange candied flavor that is hard to swallow. I keep thinking that I would eventually this series but alas, I still don’t like them.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (7325) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Paul at his place during some football. Pours a red amber body no head. Aroma is whiskey, oxidation and light fruit. Lots of burning booze. Mouthfeel is thinner with notes of cherries, oak and whiskey barrel.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (4044) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2013
15 aug 2013, bottle. 2010 edition. Orange, lots of sediment, some bubbles. Nose is meaty, big smoke, sweet alcohol. Very unusual marriage of aromas. Med/thin body and mildly fizzy. Sweet bready malt, seriously smoky malt, slightly earthy. Awesome! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
adamah (214) - California, USA - JUN 16, 2013
This beer is done really well but not my style at all. Super peaty and smokey, the scotch takes over. The taste is also way to sweet at the end

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Appearance: Pouring slowly and settles into viscous brown with some random suspended dregs. No head and little to no apparent carbonation. Swirls with massive tears.
Nose: Intense – reaches me from the table my glass rests on to my in the chair next to said table. Sweet, malty, smoky complexity. Sophisticated. The Lagavulin influence is subtle and pervasive at the same time. Caramel and apples and sweet cinnamon raisin bread. Moist juicy dates and prunes. Tickle of heat and spice in the back. Smoke weaves in and out.
Palate: Wow! Sweet but not too sweet, smoky but not too smoky, tannic but not to tannic. Dry bitter leathery finish grows during each swallow and continues long after each swallow. Peat smoke in the breath. Apple flesh then caramel then dates while sweet smoke ties it all together. Plums in the back. Peat smoked bacon sizzling over a crackling campfire. Sweet and sticky up front, parching and thirst-inducing in the back. Raisin bread and raisin cake. Warming.
Final Thoughts: I have an intense love for peaty scotches and Lagavulin is one of my favorite. The more smoky the better, in my opinion. Of course, the Lagavulin cask may not be for everybody, but it was definitely for me. Liquid sophistication and class, I envisioned myself in a regal Scottish castle with each sip. Beer for the heart, mind, body, and soul.
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