J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 511   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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.

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DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Poured with a cloudy amber.definately smell the whiskey.The whiskey was there but not dominant.This was a bit sweet but still good.

Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
I wasn’t as fond of this one. It tasted very strongly of whiskey, highly pungent and alcoholic, antiseptic feel-taste. I’m not a whiskey person, so this one didn’t go over as well.

LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Has an odd aroma, kind of musty and antiseptic at the same time (it actually reminds me of the preservatives they use for pigs that you dissect in high school). Decent dark amber color with a white head. Quite sweet, but not as much as the Calvados. OK body with decent cabonation. The taste is kind of nice, but the aroma puts me off.

Sammy (13009) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2006
A beverage of certain extremes. A so-so barleywine taste boosted by clear scotch whiskey and wood flavoring, an interest cloudy pour. An aroma that is at the same time beer as it is whiskey. A not so satisfying drinking experience yet smooth. Not a perfect show: Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.

Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Besotting . Super woody/peaty. My friend AdamSkillin who split the bottle with me did not enjoy this at all. I found it strange but slightly intriguing.

HogTownHarry (7086) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2006 Bottle (275ml). Poured slightly hazy deep amber with a decent fizzy-creamy off-white lasting head. Pleasant woody-yeasty aroma, rich roast malt, and a nice hint of scotch - rich, simple, elegant. Almost sweet, juicy taste follows on, there’s mild citrus hops here, and *very* strong woody islay scotch character - woodsmoke, iodine, hessian, peat - I think it could age a few more years, and mellow down some, but nice nevertheless - and very alcohol-warming. Mouthfeel is a little thin, very alcoholic, and a bit salty. Very nice tipple - I could wish for more blending and body, but a good sipping treat.

harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2006
2004. ron burgundy would dig this one. man you can taste that whiskey. it has class smoked taste to it, also some caramel, very rich and very sweet. The warmer it gets the better it gets. sip slow embrace this one player.

RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
) This beer has an aroma infused with the fragrances of dates, wood, and apricots and smoke can be detected in the background. It is a dark caramel color with a good cream colored head that lasts and leaves great lacing behind. This thick smooth beer fills the mouth with a rich smooth taste. A variety of flavors can be detected: caramel, malt, toffee, brown sugar, and dates. The flavor is sweet from the introduction to the swallow. The closing does produce a mild smoky wood taste that lingers mildly after the solution has been swallowed.

beastiefan2k (4191) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2010 9.3 oz bottle, 2004 vintage. Poured with no head, a dark ruby/copper color. The aroma was very strong, overpowering actually. Alcohol very present in the aroma, thought I was going to drink one of those over the top Barley Wines. However, the taste was much milder than expected. Maybe the 2 years have affected it but I doubt it through the other ratings. Not as much presence of alcohol on the taste. Medium body and goes down with little bitterness for a Barleywine. The whiskey, for me was present in the throat, where I could feel that slight whiskey-like burning. Personally, the Sherry was more interesting (paradoxically, this one was more expensive).

Wow, its amazing how my perception of this beer has changed. Still a 2004 but no its 6 years old.. The Lagavulin is super strong in a ham and smoked character that works great. Sure the beer underneath is just a sweet barleywine, and it has not signs of oxidation, but I just loved the Lagavulin, something I would have never thought would be the case. The beer was ok but the barrel was awesome.

sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2006
2004 bottle: Lighter color than the normal harvest ale, a bit sweeter. The whiskey barrel really comes through, and does compliment it very well. Adding some vanilla, and smokey flavors to it.

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