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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
common

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RATINGS: 480   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ordybill (382) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Poured from a 9.3 OZ bottle into a snifter. Aroma- Strong aroma of whiskey and some smokey malt Appearance- A strong brown colored brew with a lot of sediment Taste- pretty good whiskey flavor mixed with the smoke, pretty unique experience for me up to now. Palate- full bodied with a sticky texture Overall- First whiskey brew, not bad but I think this style will have to grown on me as I experience more of it.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Strong sweet alcohol aroma. Light brown body full of carbonation. Taste is dominated by sweetness. Body is syrupy and carbonated with alcohol burn on the way down. Way too sweet for my tastes, got difficult to finish. Overall, a dissapointment, especially considering the 7 dollar price and it isnt even a 12 oz bottle.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (14461) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottle, St Albans Beer Festival 2005. The last of the 4 offerings from Duff for the festival. Sherry flavours with smokey, whiskey sweetness. Goodish sweet whiskey style barley wine

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
Bottle. Very sweet aroma/flavour. Theres a fair bit going on here, but silks right, it does come across as a bit stale and sticky. Fairly straight forward sticky raisin, and smoky malt characters. Hints of sweaty socks, rubber and even some garbage juice in the finish. I actually prefer the regulat Harvest Ale to this one, which is a surprise, coz i’m partial to a bit of Lagavulin every now and then. This was dissapointing.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Bronzed peach. Retentive collar of foam takes shape as tiny bubbles struggle to find the surface. Heavily aromatic notes of peat smoke, honey, black pepper, and fresh cut wood. Slightly crunchy bubbles gently scrub the palate. Syrupy consistency. Lagavulin immediately inundates the palate with a peat-smoke blanket and tangy medicinal twinge. Vivid woodiness briefly underlines the fat malt structure, though the malt definition slowly succumbs to the heightening sweetness. Alcohol shows no “off” flavors, admittedly, and does offer a glimpse of brightness. But it’s all downhill from there, as the cloying sweetness eventually overrides everything. Finishes smoky and salty with peat, but mostly mushy and under-attenuated with an unrelenting blast of melted rubber and medicine. How can something with such a promising nose be so offensive in all other aspects? Three ounces of this was too much.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Almost no head, opaque amber pour. Aroma of sweet whiskey. Very light carbonation. Tastes much like a tawney port. Just not all that enjoyable to me.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
EithCubes (5151) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Bottle. Lots of earthy malt and scotch, chocolate, peaty smoke, and wood in the nose. Some peary sweetness and alcohol. Dark amber body with a quick light brown head. Cloying sticky smoked malt, full body but way too syrupy. And far too medicinal a sipper. Aftertaste is dry and smoky, clearly the best part of this experience, but the uncontrollable cloy is right up there with some of DHF’s sweetest seasonals.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2007
2004 vintage. Very sweet, unlike any beer I have ever tasted. Wanted to toss after my first sip, then let sit for awhile. Better at room temperature, but still not a fan of this barley wine. I love me a single malt, and a nice barley wine, just not together.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (5331) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is definitely different from the Regular, Calvados, and port. Strong presence of smoke, whiskey, and alcohol in the this one. Pours a transparent reddish-orange with a small white ring for a head. Sweet with honey and apple like all the rest. However, just like the aroma, a strong smoke presence. I really don’t get the whiskey in the taste like I do in the aroma. Alcohol doesn’t makes it’s presence felt in flavor or warmth like the others. Have yet to try the Sherry version, but so far I would say this is the sweetest. Not a big fan of the intense sweetness mixed with smoke flavor.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2006
St Albans (05): Mildly oxidised rubber aroma. Sweet caramel, mild fruits. Some whiskey flavours, but mostly just stale malt. Cheers anyway duff!


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