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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

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Formerly brewed at J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
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RATINGS: 465   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Pours a clear, golden orange hue with spotty head. Aromas of alcohol, hay and caramelized brown sugar with a slight spice to it.... no smokiness in the aromas. Not as peaty, in the flavor, as I like from a typical islay single malt, but it’s there....THe texture if the brew is a little sticky with a slight bitterness going down. no wait....it’s very sticky and as it warms, as I say with all beers, the flavors unfold. Lots of honey with a little spice come through but the finish on this beer is like ..... not a good islay malt scotch, but more like a blend. I can see this as being a great dessert brew.... but other than that, I will have to let my other bottle rest for a while and rate it another day.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy light brown, with a lot of fizz. The head was minimal, and required an agressive pour to reveal. The aroma is sweet, almost raisin, fruit. The malt is clearly the dominate aroma. This is thick, almost syrup, beer. It’s about as sweet as a syrup. The flavor is like a smoky heavy fruit syrup. As it warms, the alcohol becomes clear. Good for what it is. But, not my cup of tea.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - AUG 14, 2008
9.3 oz. bottle (2004) into sniffer. Pours a hazy woody red color with a nice offwhite head that took a very violent pour to stir up. The aroma is pretty intense - some musty chewy malt with some caramel, wood, and booze notes. The flavor is a bit too sweet for me and includes some soy notes (the number one turn off for me in a beer) in addition to maple sugar, dough, and caramel characteristics. No hops really. I think this thing has some serious potential if it has been stored correctly for a long time, and I feel mine has probably been exposed to light and above cellar temperatures. Either way, it is pretty good and interesting, just a bit intense right now. Medium to full bodied and heavy on the palate. Overall: definitely a very slow sipper, and not getting as much whiskey on the flavor or aroma as I was hoping for. This thing is so sweet that I lick my lips and it just tastes like sugary caramel candy. If your are a sweet barley wine lover, this stuff is probably streight up your alley.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11131) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2011
Cloudy amber with a small off-white head. Strong aroma of peat smoke with a meaty smoke touch, malt and alcohol. sweet, very smoked, malty flavour with plenty alcohol. A bit sugary.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 6, 2011
275ml bottle, 2007 release. Light amber color with a small white head and chunky sediment which looks to be protein since this isn’t bottle conditioned. Almost looks like sawdust soup. Big peaty whisky aroma with lots of sweet biscuity malt underneath and some dried fruit and honey. The wood is also pretty forward, but it’s hard to really differentiate it from the whisky itself. Big peat flavor with a thick and fruity malt sweetness and body. Hops are mellow and there’s just a little drying alcohol in the finish. Pretty mellow on the whole and alcohol doesn’t get hot or distracting. This has also aged well and is in good share except for the appearance. I tend to not like overt peat character in beer, especially directly from peated malt, and this is no exception. I like it in whisky, but something about how it mixes with the sweetness in beer is somewhat off-putting. Fun to try but not something I would enjoy a whole bottle of.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 12, 2011
Pours a clear and dark brown beer with a weak white head. The aroma is malt, caramel, peat and smoke. The flavor follows the nose with additional alcohol and sweetness. The palate is sweetness with smoke. Overall an average beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olio (6231) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2012
Draught @ Belmont station, Portland.
Pours clear copper color with minimal head. Aroma of strong whiskey, wood, vanilla and toffee. Flavor of peat, toffee, vanilla and sugar. A bit too dominating whiskey flavor.
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3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
cstuartj (980) - Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2014
bottle, cloudy yellow pour, no head or lacing. Nose is smoky, peaty. lots of smoke and oak and peat in the attack. very sweet, overly sweet. pretty cool beer.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 16, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2004 Poured a clear light orange with a medium cream colored head. Has a big fruity, cereal, grain aroma. Not until I tasted it did I realize what the aroma was. The taste is, to me, like sweet BBQ. Smoky sweet flavor. Interesting but definitely a sipper.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Bright amber with a thin pure-white head. Overly sweet and alcoholic. Thick and unforgiving! Much more peatiness and earthiness in this one. Alcoholic burn is way upfront in this whole series.


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