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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: 490   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 12/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Orange Brown in color, little head. Strong, sweet whiskey qualities. Very strong alcohol. Rather thick. Not bad, but not something to drink all the time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Very little carbonation, pour is very syrupy/viscous...deep tan/orange color. Aroma of whiskey/alcohol, woody with underlying hints of belgian fruitiness. Belgian fruits in flavor...also whiskey, butterscotch, with hints of wine, tannins and wood. A bit too sweet, but lots of complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Pours a clear chestnut color. Aroma is intense sweetness, with only the faintest wisp of peat and whisky, not as intense as I had expected. Flavor is so sweet, finishing with a touch of alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (532) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Poured on draft. Auburn light brown color with no head or carbonation. Aroma of smoked peat and caramel. The flavor should definitely appeals to peat monsters out there but if you not a fan of smoky single malt then may not be your cup of tea. Very smooth with butterscotch and well masked alcohol layer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Strong sweet alcohol aroma. Light brown body full of carbonation. Taste is dominated by sweetness. Body is syrupy and carbonated with alcohol burn on the way down. Way too sweet for my tastes, got difficult to finish. Overall, a dissapointment, especially considering the 7 dollar price and it isnt even a 12 oz bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (524) - California, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Cloudy hazelnut brown, some floaties from the bottle, zero foam or lacing. Not very pleasant to look at to be honest. Aroma is much better - rich fig, almond, vanilla, molasses, mixed with peatiness and alcohol from the lagavulin. A bit heavy but interesting. Flavor is somewhat sweet, similar notes as the aroma, but with the sharp smokiness of the lagavulin featured more prominently. This is a sipper, certainly not something i would drink regularly, but it is unique and interesting in its own right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Clear apricot color with a medium white head. Smokey caramel, malt and sugar aroma. Strong smoke, leather and beef jerkey flavors dominate, with some sweet caramel, malt, raisin and alcohol. Not my favorite version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CpyNPrnT (515) - Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Aroma of barbeque, taste is lays barbeque potato chips, some alcohol. Did not expect that. bottle 2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahshuwuh (513) - USA - AUG 29, 2015
A murky brown with a ton of floaties. Smell is smoky peaty from the Lagavulin, malty, woody, nutty, tomato. Taste is malty caramel sweetness, brown sugar, nuttiness, slight bit of ashy hop, some of the scotch but not near as much as in the nose. No carbonation, medium mouth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2014
Strong peat like whiskey aroma. Clear amber colour with great head. Smokey peat flavour, heat throughout very scotchy. Heavy body with light to med carbonation ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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