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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

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RATINGS: 473   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.


fidelis83's rating

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (2000) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Pours a murky, medium burnt orange with a thin, soapy beige head. Aroma is big on peat smoke and iodine, sweet malt, caramel, roasted nuts, campfire, earthy, spicy hops, apple skin, mineral notes and some earthy dark fruit as it warms. Flavor is huge on toasty, smoky wood, peat smoke and a little salinity up front, a little iodine, dark fruit, walnut smoke, toffee, brazil nut, leather and a hint of roast. the finish get a little weird with peat, iodine and a lingering burnt sugar sweetness as well as some earthy, planty hop notes coming through. Fantastic palate, pretty heavy, creamy, a bit sticky, chewy, lightly carbonated and finishing a little drier than the other two versions that I have tried, which really fits the flavor great. Awesome beer overall, were it not so pricey I would definitely buy a few of this and the Calavados version to keep around.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (1937) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Had on tap at Stone Liberty Station in San Diego. Pours a hazy gold with no head. Aroma is caramel and toffee. Flavor is caramel some sherry some bitterness. Fairly sweet. Not as enjoyable as some of the others I've had but still good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2438) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2014
9/12/2010. From bottle. 2009 edition. Amber color with a small white head. Distinct peaty notes from the Lagavulin casks. Smokey and malty aromas. Sweet, sticky flavors with caramel, malt, dried fruit followed by the smoke.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1964) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle 275ml. Pours amber with very low to no head. Aroma is of peat, alcohol, whisky. Taste is of peat, smoke, pepper, sugar. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Nice. Overall: Intense whisky features. Big peat. The most peated beer I’ve ever tasted. It’s like they just blended a bit of whisky in there. Quite interesting, original.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
S_Side_Smitty (477) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2014
2010 vintage. Pours brown and murky with a minimal off white head. Aroma is rich malts, oak, insidious smoke, and faint whiskey overtones. Taste is all of the above blended with a syrupy sweetness. There’s a lot going on in this one and it makes a great precursor to a cool Florida weekend at 11.5% ABV. Too bad it has been retired my friends. Cheers!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4614) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2014
pours unclear bright orange with a small light beige-orange head showing minimal retention and lacing. doughy fruity maltiness - bright cherries - ground cherries precisely, blending in quite nicely in this strong and fragrant peat, some sweetness - maple syrup, pepper, warming and well integrated alcohol, tobacco and wood - astringent notes. light carbonation, medium body - oily and a bit sticky, fruity-woody-peated finish. lots of character and cherry fruitiness is blending in quite artfully in this concoction.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1450) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle shared by czar, thanks bro! Pours a clear light copper with no head and no lacing. Nose is of smoke and whisky, a bit rough at first but I started digging it after a few minutes. Taste is of caramel, scotch, smoke and wood. Never too sweet or too hot, really classy. Body was medium to full and mouthfeel syrupy. Overall a really nice barley wine, glad I was able to sample that one!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AoxoMoxoA (6) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2014 does not count
2007 version tasted. Pours a beautiful rich amber with a fair amount of sediment. Fantastic aroma reveals apples, caramel, sherry and slight whiskey. Very well balanced, between fruit & whiskey with a toasty woody finish. Spectacular! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"too aggressive on the pour, so we unleashed the floaties...and the beer is so thick they never settled. again, port/sherry like sweetness, just a hint of hops, but i really like the peaty smokiness in the aroma and flavor. it adds more complexity than the other barrels cuz it goes in a different direction. the scotch isn’t overdone like mikkeller black hole was. probably my favorite harvest ale...

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ordybill (101) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ttroha (328) - Americus, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle shared with awesome guy jheath99. Pours cloudy amber with small white head. Aroma of peat, caramel and booze. Tastes pretty much the same. Expensive bottle but worth the price.


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