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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

 (RETIRED)
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Formerly brewed at J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 475   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2009
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 Bottle. Whoa. I love Lagavulin and was excited about trying this. Not disappointed. Pours copper with minimal head and lots of sediment (if I had expected that much, I would have been more careful pouring). After it settled for a while, it was more of a golden amber color. Amazing heavy aroma of Lagavulin, with a honey/molasses/toffee sweetness and some grain. Wow, this tastes good. I’m surprised how well the smoky peat flavors mesh with the sweet malts of the beer. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, and the whiskey shows up in the finish with a warming but not a burn.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
M82 (321) - Kansas, USA - FEB 9, 2014
A minimal yet fairly resilient, soapy off white head crowns a vibrant auburn body with fiery crimson and amber highlights, each swirl creating a flurry of carbonation, recreating the thin sheet of head while each sip leaves a segmented peninsula of lace
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The peat influence initially dominates the aromas, eventually fading back to reveal a lively whiskey fruitiness embossed with caramel, marshmallow, toasted brown sugar, maple syrup, coffee cake, pecan pie, and fig, with juicy pear and apple nuances rounding out, all the components eloquently flood the palate on a silky smooth medium-heavy body, the oaky peat addition sparks further interest with the bolder notes of the base ale, peat and oak tannin sharpen the sweet components and add a spicy characteristic which is an interesting addition texturally to the smooth, fully coated palate, residuals circle back to the prominent peat and oak tones with maple and caramel syrup complimenting slightly acidic layers of pear and apple juice

275ml capped bottle vintage 2006 consumed February 9, 2014 served at 65º into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jnkor (316) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Aroma is sweet but robust. Poured with no head, but an appealing brownish orange. Sweet but full like a wee heavy or a barley wine. I can feel the high ABV, but not too strongly - this beer might age well. (2005)

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jamesthebrit (298) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2014 Sweet earthy fruity note. Woody. Looks amazing (on tap) Taste is complex like the smell. Woody earthy. Palate is sour. Smooth. Medium body. Overall an amazing beer. A must try... even tho its retired. It was 2011 on tap. :) so good. Ooooooo got a bottle from 2005. Opened and flat as a pancake. Super heavy. Super sweet. Like brandy. This is a sipping beer. Really I’m surprised it stayed so good being this old. Scotch note is very solid. But the sweetness takes away.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2005
9.3 oz bottle shared with Humulone Red. THe color is golden/orange with a small head. It is very clear. The aroma is LAGAVULIN!! Go figure! I must confess I love this scotch so the rating is affected by this fact. I can live with it though. :-) The flavoris very malty with caramel, pretty sweet and of course, it definitely tasted peaty like Lagavulin. Try some if you can, great stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2008
deep orange pour with slight off white head. Lagavulin shows through nicely on the nosesomewhat smokey and woody, deep sweetness. Flavor is full sweetness, vanilla, molasses, mild whiskey and wood with the whiskey really shining through toward the end of the sip. Whiskey is really becoming more pronounced as it warms up and it is really nice. I do love lagavulin though. Ends woody and with a nice syrupy coating. While I dont normally enjoy this level of syrupy body, it is really working for me in this case. I can’t stop sipping this. I only think this will get better with age.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
soyorganic (292) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle, pours a dark copper gold color with sediment. Interesting aroma, almost of smoked citrus if there is such a thing. To me the aroma reminds me of a baseball glove. Taste, very interesting. It has a citrus sweetness to it that gives way to a smoked whiskey taste. I love these Harvest Ale series but prefer the other ones I have had so far.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Bottle at Portland International Beerfest: Poursa deep orange with a few bubbles but not really a head. Aroma is of tons of carmel malt and alcohol and wood. Flavor is very thick and syrupy, moderately sweet and very carmelly and toffee like, finish is of wood, slight peatyness and spicyness and lots of alcohol. Its full of flavor and coats your mouth, like a thick cognac.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2006
2004. ron burgundy would dig this one. man you can taste that whiskey. it has class smoked taste to it, also some caramel, very rich and very sweet. The warmer it gets the better it gets. sip slow embrace this one player.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2010
12 oz bottle, 2008 Vintage. Pour is a deep, dark reddish brown with a bit of a golden reflective hue. No head, no lacing, and little carbonation. The nose is scotch, sweet caramel malt, peat, smoke, burnt brown sugared ham, and wood. The taste is sweet caramel barley malt, burnt brown sugared ham, campfire smoke, peat, smooth rounded wood, and a wonderful amount of islay scotch. This is truly a wonderful aged BW. Very enjoyable. Rebuy yes.


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