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: 507   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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Light copper, much lighter in color than regular Harvest. The aroma, though multi-dimensional, is pretty gentle and wimpy overall with light oak, peaty hints, saffron, cigarette ashtray, caramel and scotch hints. Engaging, but unrefined barrel contribution. Smoky and alcoholic with caramel and scotch flavors. Heavy feel with a lightly creamy texture. Not enjoyable at all and an honest drainpour for me. Harvest and Lagavulin is not a good idea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is definitely different from the Regular, Calvados, and port. Strong presence of smoke, whiskey, and alcohol in the this one. Pours a transparent reddish-orange with a small white ring for a head. Sweet with honey and apple like all the rest. However, just like the aroma, a strong smoke presence. I really dont get the whiskey in the taste like I do in the aroma. Alcohol doesnt makes its presence felt in flavor or warmth like the others. Have yet to try the Sherry version, but so far I would say this is the sweetest. Not a big fan of the intense sweetness mixed with smoke flavor.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Orange and the only one of the four with a head (off-white). Strong alcohol present in the aroma. Seems rather flat and I cant get past the alcohol. Actually smells like flamaldihide or whatever that stuff is you preserve rats for disection in. Tastes like flamaldihide. Aweful taste I feel like I am drinking the fluid they preserved rats in before they got disected. Drain pour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Definately the most different and interesting of the 4 barrel matured Harvest Ales! Pours orange golden and a foamy off-white head. Wood, smoke and whisky tones dominate the aroma. Dry and sweet with tones of alcohol. Sweet malty and fruity flavor with toffee and penetrating smoke notes. Dry and woody, hints of whisky. Interesting, but a little too much whisky flavor imo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Pours out amber with about an inch and a half of off white head. It shrinks down but manages to keep a small head through the consumption of this brew. Scatterings of lace were left as well on the glass. Strong smells of smoke rise from the glass accompanied by a malty sweetness and a bit of a woody scent. The alcohol and smoke really start to stand out as this warms. Taste is similar to the aroma as the smokiness and sweetness make up the majority of the flavor. There are notes of alcohol as well, this is quite the warming brew good for a cold rainy day. The sweetness is not cloying here like some of the other cask JWs. Aftertaste is sweet with a slight bite of alcohol. Mouthfeel is syrupy and full. Drinkability was pretty good at first but once it warmed the smokiness and the alcohol were a bit too much. Overall a good brew though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Clear orange brew with a topping of creamy foam.Nose is malty above all what might be trying to come out.There is a little oaky,earthy aroma but not much.Taste is all earth.No fruits but very syrupy and thick.Interesting

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2005
03 bottle from LoweredSixth. Deep orange amber color with very little off-white head. Smoked aroma is intriguing. Flavor is a bit of a mishmash of smoke, sweet syrupy malt and sugar. A touch cloying. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Pours burnt golden and syrupy -- swirls in the glass with liquor viscosity. Touch of char in the aroma with some toffee notes and smokiness. Alive and fruity on the tongue ... peat peat peat ... and more peat. At first overwhelming, but then it backs off and settles to the backseat. Sweet and sugary. Overall very nice, but not as good as strait J W Lees.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holdwine (1220) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2005
A little steep at $7.50, but worth it. Let it warm. They use barrels from one of my favorite whiskys to add such power to this ale. Pours a heavy whisky caramel, with little to no head. Peaty nose. with alcohol. Floral notes. Honey, heather, it is all there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2675) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Bottle of the 2003 vintage. Medium golden color with minimal to no head. A strong scotch whisky aroma (intense peatey nose). Unlike any other whisky aged beer I have had; this one actually seems more like whisky than beer. Some vanilla or butterscotch flavors meld with the smoke and peaty flavors.

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