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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 476   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mnurda (1164) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 22, 2012
Cask sample from the public house in Las Vegas. Bourbon like taste. I like the bubble do this was not my fave but I can appreciate this beer. Well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steasy66 (1008) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2012
2006 bottle into snifter. Very similar to a well aged harvest ale. The Lagavilun casks add a smokey peat flavor and aroma. I don’t feel like it adds anything and maybe takes a bit away.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (7103) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle. Murky orange pour with minimal head and lots of sediment. Big peat and whiskey aroma and taste. Sweet caramel. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7140) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle. Medium amber colour, made cloudy with large particles entering the glass at the end of the pour. Nearly no head. Aroma is sweet, like sugared dates, with soft peaty elements rising to the forefront as it warmed. Flavours of sticky date pudding, custard, peat, leather, old dry dusty wood. Mouthfeel is sticky, full, and with nearly no carbonation. The incredible sweetness is balanced by the pithy woody dryness and the smokey peat. By all rites this should be a cloying sweet syrup of a beer, but it isn’t. It is balanced, nuanced, and comforting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
freeofthoughts (674) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2013 2008 Pours burnt orange copper with no head. The smell is rich, strong fermented apples and oaked whiskey. The taste is very strange, but in a good way. Near vinegar funky with some peat oak, a good bit of cidery Apple and some plum. I?m going to steal from another great rating and say there is a light saline, some dried leather, a near nutty feel that leads to a drying finish with a heavy palate. Strange up front taste but finished good and fruity with a warming lingering musty peat. The base beer is alright but doesn’t quite highlight the cask and visa versa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (2045) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Pours a murky, medium burnt orange with a thin, soapy beige head. Aroma is big on peat smoke and iodine, sweet malt, caramel, roasted nuts, campfire, earthy, spicy hops, apple skin, mineral notes and some earthy dark fruit as it warms. Flavor is huge on toasty, smoky wood, peat smoke and a little salinity up front, a little iodine, dark fruit, walnut smoke, toffee, brazil nut, leather and a hint of roast. the finish get a little weird with peat, iodine and a lingering burnt sugar sweetness as well as some earthy, planty hop notes coming through. Fantastic palate, pretty heavy, creamy, a bit sticky, chewy, lightly carbonated and finishing a little drier than the other two versions that I have tried, which really fits the flavor great. Awesome beer overall, were it not so pricey I would definitely buy a few of this and the Calavados version to keep around.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
Marheb (2485) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2012
En fût vintage 2011: Sent l’hôpital et goûte la morgue, vraiment unbuvable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wittales (660) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2012
2010 vintage. Appearance was clear honey caramel with no head what so ever, no lacing. Aromas are so inticing, bacon, smoke, honey, port, sherry-like and charcol whiskey. Taste was nectar of the gods. Sweet, mild smoke, soft whiskey, honey mead-like with deep fruit rolling in. Palate is tiny soft creamy CO2 with full body, then beautiful lasting sweet mild alcoholic finish. A classic...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (760) - Iowa, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle pours rusty orange with thin white head. Slightly smoky aroma. Taste malt sweetness with smoked peat and whiskey. Great mouth feel with full palate and minimal carbonation. Finish prolonged malt sweetness and whiskey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nj_BierMaven (116) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2012
On tap at Somerset Hills Tap Room in NJ. Thank you to Kevin the manager and his management for supporting him in putting amazing off-the-mainstream brews like this on the rotating draft list. Pours a beautiful cloudy amber, with a nose that clearly announces its Scotch barrel ancestry. Mild carbonation does not interfere with the peaty, smoky character that defines this barley wine. Was too cold upon delivery from the tap, but the maltiness revealed itself upon warming, balancing out the smokiness. Not for the faint of heart, but for barley wine and Scotch lovers a reward worth pursuing. I don’t taste the alcohol notes others described, just a malty smoky complexity that defies description.

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