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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
unknown

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RATINGS: 484   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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.


3.6
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (523) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Danev76 (506) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Bottle pours a medium golden color with some orange highlights. Nice color but a bit of sediment even though I poured carefully. Big time smoke/peat in the aroma. Very sweet taste, like apples and pears. Goes down easily for almost 12% but a bit thick. Lighter than many barley wines that I have had. Need another, or a few, to age and try later.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmc619 (499) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2012
2007 vintage. Shared this bottle, so just tried a few ounces of it. Pour is deep brown with minimal to no head. Some suspended sediment for a few minutes, then this settles out toward the bottom of the glass. Aroma is relatively smokey, and then the flavor is powerfully smoky--reminiscent of barbeque sauce. This is a barrel-aged beer that absolutely delivers on imparting actual barrel notes--you can’t miss the whisky flavor of this beer. Alcohol is pretty hidden even at this strength. A great sipping beer and something completely different. Really enjoyed this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAR 18, 2007
2004 sampled 2005: A bit more balanced than the port. Lots of caramel and brown sugar with the predictably high alcohol nose. Smokey from the first sip to the finish with a fair amounts of peat, scotch, wood, brown sugar, Very smooth mouth feel with a bit of alcohol burn.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (485) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Wow. I popped the top on this beauty and got a whiff that made me think more of Scotland than Manchester. Peat, heather, and whiskey. The palate...ah, the palate. A soft, sweet whiskey smoothness mingling with smoky hard wood flavors, with toffee malts and an inspired alcohol warmth coming in at the finish. Don’t pass this by when you see it on the shelf!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2007
From bottle. Pours an orange/brown with thin tan head. Nose has rising dough, peaty whiskey. Flavor is sweet, thick malts, backed by more of the whiskey notes. Palate is thick and chewy. Nicely done.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Delicious! It tasted like I was drinking smooth syrupy whisky. Very sweet in flavor as well.


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