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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009 Pin cask, 2007 vintage, at Beer Table in Brooklyn. Pours a very hazy golden brown, with absolutely no head. Nose is peat smoke and honey, woody and decadently sweet. Taste is peat smoke, honey and caramel, brown sugar and hints of walnut and molasses. Burn of whiskey in the back of your throat as well, though the alcohol is unbelievably well hidden and smooth. Amazingly balanced, a singular experience from the pin cask. The kind of beer that makes you understand what beer can really aspire to be. Fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Pours burnt golden and syrupy -- swirls in the glass with liquor viscosity. Touch of char in the aroma with some toffee notes and smokiness. Alive and fruity on the tongue ... peat peat peat ... and more peat. At first overwhelming, but then it backs off and settles to the backseat. Sweet and sugary. Overall very nice, but not as good as strait J W Lees.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastmaster (369) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
200th rating. Thanks bmillsy! Poured tan khaki brown, with no head. Peat aroma overpowers any caramel, Smoke, whiskey aromas. Malt to the max. You can’t get around the heavy peat without the heavy body. Sweet barelywine. This is a whisky/scotch drinkers beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jamesthebrit (367) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Great combination. The Smokeyness of Lagavulin really balances with the sweet present in a fresh bottle of the Lees. Perfect for the beer drinking scotch lover. Absolutely delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2011
I love Lagavulin. Combine that with this brew and I’m happy. Smokey peat. Sweet brew with a dark hazy orange color. A sipper. Enjoy every drop.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2008
So I was not sure how I would like this and it just bombed. Aroma is decent. Whiskey is prominent with a dry wine background. Appearance apple juice colored with a thin lacing but then has suspended particles in it. I think its the yeast but not sure. Flavor is pure alcohol of the whiskey. Palate is alcohol. I can’t drink this because the alcohol really comes out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jnkor (328) - 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)

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
soyorganic (299) - 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.

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