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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
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 481   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.


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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
donteatpoop (127) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2008
An orangy color with virtually no head, slight lace along the surface edges. Smells strongly of the whiskey cask. Smoke and toffee as well. Very very sweet and tangy. Almost too sweet. Being as sweet as it is, it is only natural that it left my mouth a bit dry after I had been drinking it for a while. I could still very much taste the whiskey cask, the smokiness, and hints of raisins. Felt very syrupy and thick in the mouth, virtually no carbonation (as was to be expected.) Not a bad beer at all, certainly different than what I normally drink. All in all, I don’t think I’d be willing to spend seven bucks on this bottle again, but I’m glad I tried it. Serving type: bottle

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
   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 (1906) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2008
2004 vintage, whiskey barrel aged. deep ruby colored, tiny tan bubbles with some spotty lacing. aroma of sweet malt and plums. flavor is smokey, thick, smooth, with brandy-like sweet notes. very full bodied, alcoholy, with a full, sweetish finish. i have a thought that the whiskey barrel aging added much of the attraction to this barley wine. this brew doesn’t really try ro hide the 11.5% abv.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmEricanbrew (6181) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 22, 2008
2006 bottling. Clear amber with no head. Big malty sweet, yeasty bread aroma. Medium body. Sweet malty flavors of pit fruits with citrus and caramel, didn’t pick up much peat or cask flavors as advertized. A little better than the Calvados.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2013
On tap at blue monk. Pours a hazy orange with little to no head. Smells heavy on peat,berries, fruit. A little sour? Tastes smooth. Sweet, smokey peaty, sweet. Very sweet. Interesting idea. I love lagavulin, but it should probably stay away from beer. Beef jerky beer. Good idea, poor execution

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (12362) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 9, 2013
Draft @ Oakquinox 2013. Hazy orange pour with a white head. Extremely scotch forward. Very heavy on the peat and smoke. Some wood, sweet brown sugar, bread, and hints of fruit. Lots of apple, as well. There’s a strong peat flavor to the beer, too. Scotch, oak, apple, and lots of sugar. Smoke, a bit of bread and toast, and a nearly cloying finish.


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