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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (14641) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2011
Bottle @ Blindtasting, Odense, July 2011. Pours cloudy golden with a small off white bubbly head. Heavy peated smoked nose and flavor. Sweet and sugary/syrupy with hints of dark fruit. A bit of alcohol warmth. Heavy . .

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13537) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2009
2004 bottle. Muddy looking, flat, light chestnut. Sweet brown sugar nose but a little oxidized with peat smoke accents. Burly peat up front, then rich brown sugary decadence. Finishes peaty, sweet, alcoholic and a little woody. Lots of fun, but not much nuance. The two characters are not as cohesive as I’d like them to be.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (13365) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
Bottle at the pre-CBC tasting in Copenhagen 150430. Hazy orange/copper beer with a small offwhite head. Malty leather and smoke aroma, woody, hay, peat, fruity, grapes, some caramel. Whisky leather flavor, fruity, caramel, grapes, raisins, banana notes, warming alcohol, caramel, woody, smoky, some grapes. Nice beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (13226) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 9, 2013
Draft @ Oakquinox 2013. Hazy orange pour with a white head. Extremely scotch forward. Very heavy on the peat and smoke. Some wood, sweet brown sugar, bread, and hints of fruit. Lots of apple, as well. There’s a strong peat flavor to the beer, too. Scotch, oak, apple, and lots of sugar. Smoke, a bit of bread and toast, and a nearly cloying finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12707) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle split at the sleepy-rapping tasting at Ronny & Alex’s pad, CBC fine tuner, 30/04/15 picked this one up from the Charleston Beer Exchange. Lightly hazed amber with a moderate beige covering. Nose is toffee, lightly peated malt, spice, caramel, hint of vanilla. Taste comprises sweet licks, toffee, light smoke, shades of fruit, subtle peated tones. Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet and sour notes in the close with light smoke and peat. Decent Laguvulin BA affair, good balance, barrel never over powers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12447) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Bottle brewed in 2005. Brilliant copper color with lots of tiny bubbles. No discernible head. Aroma is sweet malt affected by significant smoke. Medium body with very mild carbonation. Flavor is sweet, smoky, and arguably a tinge woody. There’s a lot going on. Smoke. Wood. Rubber? Sugar. Caramel. Toffee. Where does it end? Should be a sipper, but it goes down incredibly well. Finish definitely develops smoke. Just really good. Not dry in the finish, but the sweetness is tolerable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2005
(Bottle, ’03 vintage) Pours a clear amber body with a small white head. Aroma of whisky, wood, and caramel. Has a mild whisky and caramel flavor. Warm alcohol presence. Enjoyable!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12111) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 28, 2004
(2003 bottle) Sparkling clear amber topped by medium off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, butterscotch, some whisky, light oak. Taste is quite sweet, butterscotch, some peat/smoke. The finish is the highlight, with its light smoky alcohol burn. Syrupy full body. Clearly a sipping beer, but a bit too sweet for my taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11900) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Bottle 2006 from River’s Bend. Poured cloudy brown with medium fizzy head that diminished quickly with fair lacing. Complex aroma of sweet woody malt and alcohol. Full body with thick texture. Complex flavor of bittersweet earthy fruit flavor with medium sweet woody finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex woody bourbon brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11784) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2011
Cloudy amber with a small off-white head. Strong aroma of peat smoke with a meaty smoke touch, malt and alcohol. sweet, very smoked, malty flavour with plenty alcohol. A bit sugary.


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