nijuro (63) - USA - OCT 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
beautiful mahogany brown color with a smokey honeyed nose. Viscous and sticky mouthfeel with smokey carmel and maple syrup notes and a hoppy bitter finish that lingers. This beer is dessert and nightcap all in one. Beautiful!
entropy1049 (40) - Oxford, Iowa, USA - FEB 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours honey-amber with very little head and a trace of cloudiness. Smells like peaty smoke, whisky and butterscotch. Big, thick, flat mouthfeel...a bit of an alcohol burn at the end, but a heck of a cornucopia on the way...definately smoke, dark fruit, sweet coffee, yummy malts, and more butterscotch...lots going on here! Delicious and very drinkable.
imeshuggahi (31) - golden, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer was made for fans of extremely peaty scotch and english style barley wines. The low carbonation brings out so much flavor in this beer that the drinker will have to pause after intitial sip. Near perfect beer, from some of the pioneers of barrel aging .
vickvega82 (30) - Maine, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful golden color with no head at all. It smells fruity like apples, figs, and maybe prunes with a hint of caramel from the cask. The taste of the casking is the predominant taste and the fruity taste is quite subtle but is so subtle you miss it. Very smooth with a sweat and crisp after taste.
maximum12 (21) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to my favorite wife for this bottle, part of a lovely Christmas box. 9.3 oz. bottle popped to end a nice Saturday evening, 2007 vintage.
Pours with massive floaties, Sediment Gone Wild! Yeasties slowly settle to the bottom of the glass in a caramel-colored brew. Smell is strong whiskey, very distinctive, not at all like the standard barrel-aged American beers. Smoky & sweet.
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagaluvin Whiskey Cask) is uniquely English. Having a problem locating the word until looking at the other reviews: peat. Yup. Burning peat bog. Sweet, sweet, almost honeyed malts. Underneath, all sorts of more subtle feelings. Caramel, slightly herbal, additional honey. Very nice. Pretty flat & heavy, but no problem taking this small bottle down.
This beer really grew on me as it warmed & I moved through it. The unusual whiskey is really nice, the complexities lovely. Really good beer thatís licking the boot of excellent; looking forward to the other varietals.
WMitty (17) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím biased. Lagavulin is my favorite scotch. It was pretty much guaranteed that I would like this ale. I lucked into the cask pour at Thirsty Monk in Asheville. The ale was served in a tulip snifter with almost no head. The color was a dark cloudy amber. You could tell it was going to be sweet by the aroma, but I was surprised how well the peat and smoke from the cask balanced out the sweetness. Although the was some heft to the mouthfeel the high 11.5% abv was well hidden in the mix. Three of these babies knocked me on my ass, but it was kinda like getting manhandled by the hot chick in the room - a worthwhile beating.
bobark (10) - - FEB 13, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow. Brilliant combination - only a robust barleywine could handle Lagavulin.
rmeinert (7) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2007 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The most unique beer I have ever tasted. Cellared for 3 years. I shared the bottle with a coworker and Iím not sure If I could drinking an entire one by myself. Not because it wasnít good But because it was TOO good. With a beer like this it is just selfish to keep it all to yourself. I would highly recommend both aging it and waiting at least half an hour after pouring it before even taking a tiny sip. trust me, itís worth the wait.