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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

 (RETIRED)
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98
93
style
Formerly brewed at J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 484   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.


mastabass666's rating

4.5
   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12101) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (12834) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (3207) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (941) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKBeerFan (62) - - MAR 16, 2015
First off I'm a huge fan of Lagavulin Scotch Whisky so I was beyond excited to try this beer. This was a fantastic brew. Nose is sweet peatyness and a bit of smoke. Taste is wonderful. Basically the easiest way to describe this beer is carbonated Lagavulin without any burn. I really enjoyed this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (8175) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
[3/1/15] Draught at Beveridge Place Pub in Seattle. 2011 edition. Nice cloudy orange. Big peaty aroma with some fruitiness, a bit sourish, and oak. Sweet-sourish flavor with fruitiness, oak, lots of peated whiskey. Mouthfeel is slightly oily with a light boozy feel. Nice and interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle, 2012 vintage from Campus Fine Wines. cloudy light brown, like rooibos tea with a drop of milk. 1mm of tan head that fades quickly to a lightly speckled surface. Aroma is marsh/swamp with smokey brine and sea in the distance, burning hickory, some fresh leather, moderate caramel. Body is heavy-medium-heavy, syrupy with a delayed, medium-fine carbonation that has an arc of moderate burn. Flavor is lots of caramel, some smoke and brine, the aftertaste has notable hickory/apple-wood smoke. Some green sap, a touch of bark and cedar. Some strawberry jam in there too. Too sweet. The Lagavulin cask definitely makes up for it a bit, but I’m having a hard time giving it a rating in accord with others views on here and its price tag/reputation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (778) - GREECE - FEB 3, 2015
330ml bottle, v2011. Amber color small beige head. In the beginning there was strange detergent aroma but it faded quickly. Malty aroma, light caramel, smoked, wood and whiskey. Sweet and bitter taste, smoked and fruity, Lagavulin whiskey again. Medium to full oil-sticky body with flat to soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillWyce (817) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2015
2012 brewing. pours hazy orange-amber with a small, thin off-white head that was gone quickly. A moderate amount of bubbling on the wall of the glass. Aroma of honey, wood and peat, some leather as well. Full body, lightly syrupy, with a lightly astringent finish. Flavor of honey and a light note of charred wood. Notes of vanilla and leather as it warms.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cckevin (42) - Terre Haute, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Nose is full of scotch, including the peat smell. Nice gold color, minimal head that disappears after 30 seconds. Taste is sweet, smoky and full of peat. Nice diversion, but certainly only one per sitting.


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