J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

 
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92
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Formerly brewed at J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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.

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3.5
PapaSkeetSkeet (1010) - 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
rouhlas (3614) - 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
BillWyce (1086) - 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
cckevin (44) - 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.

4
Niko100 (2912) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Dark amber/cider color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of smoky sweet malt, peat, caramel/toffee, fruit, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, toffee, molasses/syrup, spicy hops, and dark fruit; Warm finish; Nicely balanced; Nice smoky aroma on this one - good.

3.6
BOSSbrewer (2705) - 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
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, 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
Minderbinder (3469) - 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
S_Side_Smitty (773) - 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
czar (9056) - 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.


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