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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: 497   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 brewers’ art. Harvest Ale can be enjoyed now or laid down like a fine wine for enjoyment to come.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9169) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adnielsen (10312) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (6939) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (3726) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
adamah (214) - - 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

   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.
(An original written work by Beer Ambassador, LLC. Plagiarism is not tolerated)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5200) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
Draft at stone bistro. Clear golden amber pour, thin head. Very peaty malt nose. Flavor is very sugary, wood, peat, brown sugar, a bit of apple, and boozy scotch. Not very enjoyable in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeJslc (770) - USA - APR 20, 2013
Deep copper, clear, thin white head. Aroma: maple syrup, toffee, burnt sugar, tobbacco, leather, dark fruit, almonds and the barrel character is evident. Flavor: bready/toasty malt, strong sweet caramel/toffee flavor, raisins, prunes, leathery aged notes, alcoholic warmth, finishes fairly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (3992) - Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2013
275 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2005 vintage. Pours very hazy and cloudy reddish copper color with no head and some minimal lacing bubbles sticking to the side. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, prune, fig, toast, toffee, molasses, oak, whiskey, vanilla, peat, light smoke, and dark earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt notes with barrel character. Taste of big caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, raisin, fig, prune, vanilla, oak, whiskey, peat, light smoke, and dark earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, dark fruits, vanilla, oak, whiskey, light smoke, and earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of malt notes with dark fruits; with a fair amount of barrel character that isn’t overwhelming; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and fairly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English barleywine. All around nice balance and complexity of malt and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on slowly. A very enjoyable offering.

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