Sammy (8552) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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, itís Chinatown.
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served on gravity cask at Spuytin Duyvil. Deep dark garnet colour, completely still. Aroma is intensely oaky and smokey with more whisky character than Iíve 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. Itís a tasty brew, but it tends to get treacly sweet, even in this 4 oz sample.
GT2 (8366) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Drake (8339) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
jtclockwork (8234) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pour. Aroma is strong whiskey malt. Very strong whiskey malt taste, caramel and light smoke. Rated 6/25/04
Benzai (8127) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 Bottle thanks to mar. Pours with a hazed amber body and a small white head that fades. Aroma is smokey and peaty with scotch and a nutty, caramel character. Taste is smoke, scotch, peat, caramel, toffee and raisin. Syrupy mouthfeel and creamy, light carbonation.
DocLock (7829) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Super Saver. Turbid coppery amber pour with minimal head. Aroma of oaky whiskey, dark figgy fruit, and honey. The flavor is sweet, with a nice smoky scotchy peaty taste, and a lot of cabernet and vinous fruits as it warms. This is my favorit by far of all the 4 barrel aged JW Lees varieties.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Luscious peat-smoked wood infusions hovering suggestively over the orange rinds and nascent alcohol. Definitively the most complex aroma of the 4 barrel-aged Harvest ales.
A grassy hop bitterness nicely emerges from the prevalent peatiness and diversifies the usual alcohol and sweet caramel malt stickiness. An earthy soil can even be perceived under it all, to officially salvage, for me, this entire line of barrel-aged Harvest Ales. At least this one really worked.
Probably the only second-hand smoke Iíll ever love.
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2005
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle (courtesy Duff) at St Albans Beer Festival, October 2005. Silk seems to have got in all the ranting before me so Iíll largely confine myself to saying this is an ill-judged, gimmicky nonsense of a beer. Reddish colour. Medicinal, phenolic, loads of burnt rubber in the aroma. I love Lagavulin, but the combination here does nothing for either component and the integration is not harmonious at all.. Very sweet, with an unpleasant alcohol burn. Crude and borderline unpleasant. Not my thing at all. Its giving me indigestion.