J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

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

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RATINGS: 506   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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled - St Albans BF - Again huge thanks to Duff for this offering which although brewed here is not for us Britishers as probably we cannot take the extremity (now where have I heard that before?). A mid brwon coloured beer with hops and big thick buttery alcohol in the aroma. The taste is wonderfully malty and alcolholic. Very sweet and strong. Didnt get any whiskey notes at all, but I did think it was smoother than the regular harvest ale. Very, very nice.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (17825) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottle, St Albans Beer Festival 2005. The last of the 4 offerings from Duff for the festival. Sherry flavours with smokey, whiskey sweetness. Goodish sweet whiskey style barley wine

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2005
2004 bottle. Nice dark copper color with little head. Aromas of malt, whisky, peat, smoke, wet grass, toffee, butterscotch, alcohol, leather and maple syrup. Flavor was exqusite sweet caramelly malt, island scotch, chocolate, sweet wine, ripe dark fruits, candy corn, butterscotch, toast, and a hint of yeast. No hops to be found, save in the slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel was syrupy thick and velvety smooth. This barleywine is sweet but not cloyingly so. The whisky barrel aging adds a marvelous peaty/smoky character. To me theres also the sweet alcohol bite of a good bourbon as well. Finally theres a note of fine cognac -- warm and sweetly fruity -- that makes a great barleywine.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 2004 edition pours a dark copper brown color w/ nice visible carbonation and a great thick creamy tan head. Aroma of molasses, oak, maple syrup, and even a bit smokey. Palate is rich full and creamy. The flavor is a very sweet barley wine. Lots of warm carmel and molasis in a syruppy fashion. Hints of oak and even a touch of a aged whiskey/tobacco piece in the finish the 11.5% is completly hidden in the flavor and Id alos add a bit of abutter component as the beer warms. This is some good beer. Adjusted rating on another 04 aged a bit longer. Bumped appearance to a 5.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (14234) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Bottle 2004 vintage poured a hazy copper with a small but lasting amber head. Aromas of bacon bits,sweet fruit, and a bit of toffee. Palate was heavy and oily. Flavors of bacon bits,oak, molasses, and butter with a sweet warming finish.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 275 ml 2003 bottle. The beer pours to glowing copper body with a thin oily looking white head, visible carbonation and spotty lacing. I like the shiny color. The aroma is a nice strong barleywine aroma with a huge peaty scotch. This smells awesome. I love Lagavulin scotch. Smoked oak. Clover. The flavor is sweet nougat candy, smoked peat, sweet but not cloying. Molasses, butter, anise, tobacco. Sweet and dry (if thats possible). Full bodied, lively carbonation. Very warming but one doesnt taste the alcohol. Very delicious. 9, 4, 9, 5, 19 = 4.6
275 ml 2004 bottle. I really got into scotch, this is great. 10, 4, 8, 4, 17 = 4.3

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2005
2004 bottle. Im generally adhere to the principle that one needs no more than 2-3 ounces to rate a beer (how would professionals rate Scotch otherwise?), but in the case of this particular ale, ones experience heightens with continued consumption. Defying economic theory, there are no diminishing marginal returns here. The combination of barleywine sweetness meets Lagavulin smokiness is rather surprising initiatlly, but as the shock decays and ones senses grow accustom, one is treated to a hedonistic experience. Notes of cedar, smoke, toffee, butter, and what I like to think of as Italian mortadella embody all that is good in life (and beer). I enjoyed this immensely and eagerly anticipate its ageing virtues.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Ah, the whiskey one. A slightly dark amber color to it. I get the aroma of a bbq house out of it as i definetely get some smoked hickory in the aroma. I get some cowboy beef jerkey in the body and also some brown sugar and maybe even some bacon cooked up in that brown sugar.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2005
This was interesting. had some seriosu funk to it, like the cheese funk from a geuze or something. had a big well water, metallic taste too. definitely get the alcohol, and for some reason pizza?? like bacon or pepperoni/ smoked. weird.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Pours reddish-amber with a single layer of bubbles on top. Smoke, oak, dark fruit, light hops in the aroma. Faint but complex. Very sweet flavor. Unfortunately reminds me of the Utopias, just not as sickening. Alcohol is well-masked. Theres a very nice dry oak, peat, and tobacco finish that leaves me feeling like I just smoked a cigar. Seriously. Thats awesome.


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