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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

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

bottled
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RATINGS: 452   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 brewersí art. Harvest Ale can be enjoyed now or laid down like a fine wine for enjoyment to come.


jd10's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jd10 (68) - Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 17, 2009
9.3 oz. bottle, 2007 vintage. Poured hazy orange/copper with minimal white head. Aromas of whiskey, fruit, and a bit of wood. Tastes pretty sweet - some caramel and toffee flavor, along with fruit like apple, raisin, and pear. A fair amount of whiskey flavor is present, including hints of wood and smoke. Definately some spice flavor as well. Interesting and very good.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jamesthebrit (196) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2014
Sweet earthy fruity note. Woody. Looks amazing (on tap) Taste is complex like the smell. Woody earthy. Palate is sour. Smooth. Medium body. Overall an amazing beer. A must try... even tho its retired. It was 2011 on tap. :) so good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastmaster (204) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
200th rating. Thanks bmillsy! Poured tan khaki brown, with no head. Peat aroma overpowers any caramel, Smoke, whiskey aromas. Malt to the max. You canít get around the heavy peat without the heavy body. Sweet barelywine. This is a whisky/scotch drinkers beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BMMillsy (1150) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
2012 Bottle from a trip to Hoboken. Shared with beastmaster. Pours orange, mostly clear, with pretty much no head. Aroma is big peaty scotch smells, a bit of the signature nutty JW Lees in the backdrop. But really big smokey peat. Flavor is massive smokey peat, leather, tobacco, very light dry nuts, more peat, a hint of sweet caramel to balance. Whoah. This is like scotch, but without any of the booze burn. Very mellow. Medium plus mouthfeel with more carbonation than I got from the other BA versions of this. This might be my favorite variant, and it is bordering on incredible.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (1986) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Pours a clear copper gold from the 2012 bottle with minimal white head that leaves light lace. Aroma is straight scotch, Iím a fan of Lagavulin so I enjoy, peaty and earthy with a touch of vanilla, some slight malt on the back end to differentiate. Taste follows, like a blend of the scotch and a big malty beer. Not a bad thing in my book but definitely a sipper; soft carbonation, big on the booze.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Danev76 (113) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2014
Strong peat like whiskey aroma. Clear amber colour with great head. Smokey peat flavour, heat throughout very scotchy. Heavy body with light to med carbonation ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Corrinado711 (67) - - MAR 1, 2014
2012 Bottle. Pours a golden light amber, transparent, with very minimal head. Aroma of light whiskey, carmel, smoke. Taste is very light yet distinct whiskey with vanilla, a sweet malt and lightly boozy finish. Very light Mouthfeel with very little carbination. Very distinct flavor and aroma I have never experienced, Iím sure whiskey drinkers would love it. I donít love whiskey but the beer blends the whiskey and amber ale very nicely.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
M82 (220) - Kansas, USA - FEB 9, 2014
A minimal yet fairly resilient, soapy off white head crowns a vibrant auburn body with fiery crimson and amber highlights, each swirl creating a flurry of carbonation, recreating the thin sheet of head while each sip leaves a segmented peninsula of lace
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The peat influence initially dominates the aromas, eventually fading back to reveal a lively whiskey fruitiness embossed with caramel, marshmallow, toasted brown sugar, maple syrup, coffee cake, pecan pie, and fig, with juicy pear and apple nuances rounding out, all the components eloquently flood the palate on a silky smooth medium-heavy body, the oaky peat addition sparks further interest with the bolder notes of the base ale, peat and oak tannin sharpen the sweet components and add a spicy characteristic which is an interesting addition texturally to the smooth, fully coated palate, residuals circle back to the prominent peat and oak tones with maple and caramel syrup complimenting slightly acidic layers of pear and apple juice

275ml capped bottle vintage 2006 consumed February 9, 2014 served at 65ļ into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dreamflower (480) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle shared with northropfrye. This tastes like our local artisan butcher shop smells and thatís a good thing. Sweet and smokey and delicious. My favourite English ale I believe though I havenít checked my stats.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (1949) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
The rating that (for now) after 2.5 years on ratebeer moved me into first place in Manitoba. 2010 bottle. Murky amber body, not much head at all. Oaky, smokey, sweet dried fruit aroma. Taste is intense of whisky, sweet malts and lots of wood and smoke. Palate was a bit flat. Overall with a nicer head and more bit on the palate this would be been fabulous. As it, itís merely good.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamJackson (2105) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Dark reddish brown. Nose was sweet with candies. Smokey / peat taste, charcoal, lots of sweet notes. but it has the most disgusting floaters ever like thick pieces of wood floating around in it. gross.


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