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: 508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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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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 (6942) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, 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 (3981) - 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.

omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2006
STRONG whisky color. A little darker than the others. VERY smoky, definate hint of whisky. A friend says it tastes like bacon.

frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2006 2004 Vintage

Poured copper/gold like a Scotch with a thin, tan skin and thick, tan ring. Light vinegar in aroma with barrel aging evident in its whisky notes. I also find some vinous red wine character amidst its light fruitiness. Thick and syrupy with up-front potency. Could stand a few more years in the barrel as the sugars cloy.

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GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
Bottle 2003..... Aroma:Oak,smoked,scotch..... Appearanc head.. Flavor:Wow,mixe of scotch,alcoholt,smoked,oak and caramel.........

kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2006
St Albans (05): Mildly oxidised rubber aroma. Sweet caramel, mild fruits. Some whiskey flavours, but mostly just stale malt. Cheers anyway duff!

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