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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

 (RETIRED)
overall
98
93
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.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adnielsen (10089) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Sparkling clear amber ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Ink-blot lacework. Malty, earthy nose with notes of oak, smoke, whiskey, honey and butterscotch. The flavor is very malty, but decently balanced with shots of caramel, whiskey, wood and smoke. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, full, sweet finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (10060) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2012
275ml bottle shared by Joes. Hazy medium to dark orange color, no head. Smell malts, whisky, lightly peat and smoke. Taste malts, a lot of whiskey, some sweetness, alcohol. Heavy! Full body, medium carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2008
2003 & 2004 Vintages tasted side x side thanks to egajdzis. These were 2 completely different beers! The aromas of the 2003 where softer and consisted of lots of peat, earhtiness, lighter vanilla, wood, and nutty. The 2004 aromas consisted of smoke, whiskey/bourbon, and some vanilla. The tastes of the 2004 had lots more vanilla and whiskey in it vs. the 2003. 2004 was way more sweet too.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9541) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2006
A beverage of certain extremes. A so-so barleywine taste boosted by clear scotch whiskey and wood flavoring, an interest cloudy pour. An aroma that is at the same time beer as it is whiskey. A not so satisfying drinking experience yet smooth. Not a perfect show: Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
275mL thanks to Travlr.Pours a tepid, hazy, light amber with yeast chunkies. Oxidized red apple nose with muted smoky Islay Scotch and honey. Taste up front is warmer with Scotch heat and big honey moving to meat and mild BBQ smoke. That odd tannic apple skin I get in all of the JW Lees barleywines gets demolished thankfully by heavy rich honey and smoked Islay Scotch. Without dregs and yeast chunkies the pour is clear amber with mild legs like a decent Scotch. Not too sweet with nice saltwater/brine and smoke to balance. Very surprising.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (9344) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2011
275mL bottle from 2009, split with Matts_Property, pours an opaque orangey amber with no head and lots of sediment. Quite the peaty / smokey aroma, as lots of the Lagavulin barrel quality comes through, with more buried notes of candied sugar and toffee. The sweetness comes through a lot more on the flavour, with lots of candy, caramelized sugar, toffee, etc. only slightly being countered by the smokey whiskey character. The sweetness and smokiness aren’t meshed together exceedingly well, though this is enjoyable nonetheless.

2.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
crossovert (9206) - Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Nice smoky smell, big peatiness and almost burnt rubber. The flavor is smoky but also vegetal with a sweet pea flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (9030) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2007
Served on gravity cask at Spuytin Duyvil. Deep dark garnet colour, completely still. Aroma is intensely oaky and smokey with more whisky character than I’ve ever tasted in any barrel-aged beer. Smells very alcoholic, but the flavour is sweet and soft. Caramel malt, honeyed sweetness and loads of sweet peaty and heathery character. Rich caramel butter sauce, demerara sugar and smokiness. Retronasally, there is still more smokiness, but this is cut short by a vineous sweetness. It’s a tasty brew, but it tends to get treacly sweet, even in this 4 oz sample.


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