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: 506   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillWyce (1062) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2837) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (3460) - Qubec, 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 Ive ever tasted. Its like they just blended a bit of whisky in there. Quite interesting, original.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
S_Side_Smitty (763) - 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. Theres 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (8819) - Qubec, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (3861) - Qubec, 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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AoxoMoxoA (11) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2014
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

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