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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

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

bottled
common

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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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11252) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Bottle 2004 vintage poured a hazy copper with a small but lasting amber head. Aromas of bacon bits,sweet fruit, and a bit of toffee. Palate was heavy and oily. Flavors of bacon bits,oak, molasses, and butter with a sweet warming finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11170) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (11147) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2008
2006 bottle from Lithy, thanks! Orange color, hazy. malty, peaty aroma with pineapple. Initial malty sugary sweetness challenged by oak and peat. Tangerine, pineapple. Ash and peat in the aftertaste. Very interesting beer, but the balance is gone.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (10892) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Dark pour. Aroma is strong whiskey malt. Very strong whiskey malt taste, caramel and light smoke. Rated 6/25/04

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012
Date: August 31, 2012
Mode: Draft
Source: The Thirsty Monk, Asheville
Appearance: opaque rusty orange, scant white head
Aroma: sweet smokey aroma, caramel sweetness with a balancing peaty smoke
Flavor: huge peaty smokey scotch flavor, backing caramel sweetness, light fruityness
Overall: only peat could stand up to a young JW Lee’s

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **** /4

Date: June 14, 2008
Mode: Firkin
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2001
Appearance: muddy burnt orange, headless
Aroma: big smokey dark caramel and rum raison aroma, charred wood
Body: still body
Flavor: sweet dark caramel flavor, nice vanilla sweetness, smoked wood character adds bitterness as the scotch comes in, lots of alcohol gives warmth without distraction

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

Date: November 24, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Vintage: 2004
Appearance: muddy brown, scant beige head
Aroma: smokey charred wood aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich malt flavor with tons of smokey charred wood character, rich fruit, light bitterness from the charred wood, the sweet fruity finally fights through to balance with the charred character
Overall: the most flavorful and unique of the casked versions

Date: May 09, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2004
Score: 3.4 to 4.1
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, scant beige head, glossy surface
Aroma: sweet oak and vanilla aroma, brown sugar sweetness, dark fruits, nice smokey whisky character, touch of chocolate, light alcohol
Body: big body
Flavor: rich sweet caramel flavor, lots of brown sugar sweetness brings out a big deep dark fruity character, nice chocolate, well balanced whiskey

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10787) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2005
Bottled: Deep clear golden almost orange coloured. Small beige head. Wood, alcohol, fruit in the aroma. Quite smooth. Reminds me a lot of Lagavulin Scotch (We took a bottle and sniffed!!!). Flavour is fruity, light smoked, has light notes of alcohol and spice. In the end the thoughts again goes to of the Lagavulin barrels. Nice one

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10785) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2007
12-oz bottle purchased from Coaltrain Wine and Liquor. Pours hazy and muddy mahagony with spare off-white head, completely diminishing with no lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, cookie), light hops (flowers), average yeast (raw leather) with notes of port, apple, pear and cola. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation and a creamy finish. Heavy sweetness, light acidity and bitterness; creamy roasted caramel malt and whiskey flavor. A touch too sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (10518) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle shared by BrewEngineer at Butters Slutfest 2.0, Richmond, VA, 4.23.11. 2009 vintage. Pours a hazy copper color with a thin creamy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Big smoky notes in the aroma along with some peat, fruity notes, caramel and tea. The taste is sweet caramel and fairly strong smoky notes. Comes across much like a honey barbecue sauce. A dry ashy finish. Medium-full bodied. Interesting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2008
Hazy amber with tiny beige head. Sweet and vinious aroma with wood, smoke and whiskey notes. Sweet flavor with notes of plums, peat, smoke, wood, caramel and whiskEy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10281) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Wow. I can taste the Lagavulin for sure. This is a sweet after dinner sipper without a doubt. If you are looking for carbonation or hops...move along...nothing to see here. A very unique beer for sure.


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