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: 511   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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
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

3.6
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.

3.9
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.

4.1
Holdwine (1240) - 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 whisky’s 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.

3.9
jazz88 (2684) - 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.

4
SpringsLicker (3685) - 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 it’s price is probably not worth it.

4.3
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!

4
bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2005
(Bottle, ’03 vintage) Pours a clear amber body with a small white head. Aroma of whisky, wood, and caramel. Has a mild whisky and caramel flavor. Warm alcohol presence. Enjoyable!

4.2
Nuffield (4245) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2005
I’ve just walked into a pizza kitchen, and having a sip of whisky with my pepperoni, I am warmed and comforted. Very dry, malty, with good life. Smooth, giving so many indicators of the whisky. Beautiful aroma and flavor, easily the best of the three cask Lees (haven’t had the Port yet). Thanks Bu11zeye!

3.7
TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Beer pours amber in color with a small dissipating head. Interesting aroma of peat and whisky. Full flavor of wood and whisky. Enjoyable beverage.


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