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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

Formerly brewed at J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 467   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Pours with an amber body topped by a medium thick head with little lacing. It tastes and smells like steak sauce mixed with cough syrup...yuck. Medium bodied, smooth and warming.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Up til this one, this JW Lees harves ale collection has been quite pleasent, then comes this junk. Aroma not so bad to start out, caramel, malts, pretty sweet. Taste is too sweet, with a funky wine like flavor. This was a very expensive drainpour.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 11, 2011
Bottled 2003, drank 2011, stored at 50F for four years, then 40F for four years: Pours a clear orange with a small bubbled small white head, aroma has wood and scotch, starts and ends sweet with a scotch ending, subtle carbonation, full bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. Mellows out and becomes more drinkable as it warms up. This is just gross, if you like pouring a shot of Lagavulin in your beer, you may like this.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Orange and the only one of the four with a head (off-white). Strong alcohol present in the aroma. Seems rather flat and I can’t get past the alcohol. Actually smells like flamaldihide or whatever that stuff is you preserve rats for disection in. Tastes like flamaldihide. Aweful taste I feel like I am drinking the fluid they preserved rats in before they got disected. Drain pour.

   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 1/20
obguthr (3921) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2010
Vinegar, whiskey, date, and toffee nose. Cloudy ochre, full of chunks, no head. Cloying, and whiskey-like. There is probably a lot going on, but I don’t have the patience or the will to see it through. This beer is too unenjoyable to continue. It does have a nice creamed leather finish. Sickeningly sweet and gross.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
Marheb (2137) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2012
En fût vintage 2011: Sent l’hôpital et goûte la morgue, vraiment unbuvable.

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