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: 505   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 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 (1205) - 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 (2674) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3538) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2005
2003 bottling. I poured this straight in to the glass and was rewarded with a large rocky head of off-white. The body of the beer was sparkling light amber with tints of orange and pink as well. Nutty warm aroma. The flavor was sweet and heavy with a long finish. Bordered on syrupy but was exceptionally creamy and smooth. Whiskey was not popping out at me so maybe this has mellowed some. Nice but will have to be a special treat as its price is probably not worth it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2005
The aroma is quite whisky-like, some smoky notes, woody. Clear copper colored body with no head. Sweet flavor, caramel, fruity and the smokyness from the whisky is there too. By far the best of the four cask maturd harvest ales. mmmm... Lagavulin!

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