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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: 503   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13404) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13314) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12940) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (12921) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (12890) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2005 - Big rich malts, cereal and big oak notes. Cloudy brown with no head. Lots of apple sweetness, tons of oak and a long sweetness. The scotch doesn’t show up at all, although I do get barrel notes. Nice, but not the beer I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12756) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (12705) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2012
2005 bottle from Perry’s Liquors, Livermore. It pours slightly hazy amber, with a bubbly off-white head. The nose is smoke, alcohol warmth, cinnamon, toffee, caramel, leather and nougat. The taste is tinned nectarine, fig, raisin, caramel, smoked peat, wood, honey, whisky and alcohol warmth, with a dry finish. Full body and low-moderate carbonation. Mouth-feel is softer than the more recent vintages. Lagavulin character is obvious! Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (12570) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12189) - Escondido, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (12153) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2015
[3/1/15] Draught at Beveridge Place Pub in Seattle. 2011 edition. Nice cloudy orange. Big peaty aroma with some fruitiness, a bit sourish, and oak. Sweet-sourish flavor with fruitiness, oak, lots of peated whiskey. Mouthfeel is slightly oily with a light boozy feel. Nice and interesting.

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