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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: 490   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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.

mastabass666's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2009
By far the most complex of the different barrel aged versions of this beer I’ve had. Smoke really cuts and complicates the already sweet and complex flavor of the standard. Tons of charred fruit , tar, huge Islay presence. Crazy. v.2008

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (2168) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours a murky amber brown with a thin wispy film and collar. Smells of strong peat smoke and dulled whiskey wood. Taste is sweet chared peat smoked wood and caramel malt dark dried fruit subtle raisins and hints of whiskey wood. Palate is full slick sticky dry and musty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahshuwuh (514) - USA - AUG 29, 2015
A murky brown with a ton of floaties. Smell is smoky peaty from the Lagavulin, malty, woody, nutty, tomato. Taste is malty caramel sweetness, brown sugar, nuttiness, slight bit of ashy hop, some of the scotch but not near as much as in the nose. No carbonation, medium mouth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (2301) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2015
April 30, 2015. Bottle at CBC pre-tasting, vintage 2013. Shared by Theydon_Bois, thanks!
Dark amber with a small frothy white head. Aroma is peat and sweet caramel, toffee, raisins, vanilla and alcohol. Taste is sweet malty with caramel, dried fruits, peat and notes of vanilla, very light bitter. Finish is smooth and soft with sweet toffee, raisins, hints of vanilla and light peat. Medium to full bodied, sticky texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3727) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2015
Nip bottle courtesy of Theydon_Bois. Pours tiny hazy golden with no head. Smell is malty and tiny fruity with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, raisins, prunes, peat and whisky alcohol. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter, malty and slightly fruity. Mouthfeel is soft, round, slightly sticky sweet, boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, raisins, prunes, peat, minerals and whisky alcohol. Heavy on the peated whisky but in this beer it really works. A treat!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bill Becker (583) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JUL 12, 2015
It has a bright clear gold/copper colour with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly but not entirely. Aboot a 50 50 mix of caramel malt and Whiskey in the smell. Dried pitted fruits make up the balance of the nose except for some light smokiness. Very very sweet up front. Whiskey moves in and somewhat tames the sugary sweetness but not quite. Hints of pitted fruits abound but never get that obvious to my palate. I feel the light peat flavour that I also get is a plus. Close to full bodied with light carbonation and a heap of warming after the swallow. 2012 and a goodish brew but I would be lying if I said I would buy it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CpyNPrnT (518) - Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Aroma of barbeque, taste is lays barbeque potato chips, some alcohol. Did not expect that. bottle 2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (13535) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle split at the sleepy-rapping tasting at Ronny & Alex’s pad, CBC fine tuner, 30/04/15 picked this one up from the Charleston Beer Exchange. Lightly hazed amber with a moderate beige covering. Nose is toffee, lightly peated malt, spice, caramel, hint of vanilla. Taste comprises sweet licks, toffee, light smoke, shades of fruit, subtle peated tones. Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet and sour notes in the close with light smoke and peat. Decent Laguvulin BA affair, good balance, barrel never over powers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (14695) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
Bottle at the pre-CBC tasting in Copenhagen 150430. Hazy orange/copper beer with a small offwhite head. Malty leather and smoke aroma, woody, hay, peat, fruity, grapes, some caramel. Whisky leather flavor, fruity, caramel, grapes, raisins, banana notes, warming alcohol, caramel, woody, smoky, some grapes. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (4608) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 30, 2015
Bottle@Ronny and Alex pre cbc tasting #2 - big thanks to Colin - Amber pour with tiny white head. Sweet malty aroma and taste, some dried fruity notes, spices, lovely mouthfeel. Beautiful! ---Sent via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (1043) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2015
9.3oz bottle - first off I love Lagavulin Scotch and English Barleywines , so this was a no brainer to pick up . Rusty orange pour. Heavily smoked aroma . Sweet and glycerol upfront , finishes fairly smoky . Outstanding . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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