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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available

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RATINGS: 508   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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3.9
jazz88 (2680) - 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 (3642) - 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 (13029) - 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 (4171) - 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 (1472) - 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.

3.9
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Pours a bright copper bronze with light fizzy carbonation and a thin, lightly-lacing coating of cream-colored head. Rich sweet caramel butterscotch around with a touch of peat and whisky. Body starts thick and syrupy with lots of sticky caramel, turning more dry, smoky, and woody toward a charcoal finish. Alcohol is fairly well masked. Enjoyable and well done. This will age quite nicely.

3.6
asheft (3083) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2005
Bright light orange with little head that quickly becomes a wispy film, leaving some lace. Pete really obvious in the aroma that dominates but doesn’t completely hide the spicy malt. The flavour is also dominated by pete which is in an interesting balance with the high alcohol taste and feel and the thick sweetness, though a lot of the pumpernickely malt is hidden by the smoke. The pete flavour also lingers on the tongue. A bit salty up front, full bodied, medium to low carbonation. The best of the cask aged series but still inferior to the regular Harvest (2001).

3.9
muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Jan 2005, 2x275 ml (2003 vintage): The Great Montreal Barley Wine Blowout with asheft, beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, tiggmtl, Rastacouere and Yowie, #12. Darker and a bit thicker looking than the other BA versions, with a fairly powerful smoky/earthy nose and some underlying sugar...in the flavor, whiskey, vanilla sweetness, peppery earthiness, with still a touch of unpleasant metallic bitterness, but overall by far the best of the series.

3.7
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Clear copper color with no head. Aroma of smoked malt, caramel and alcohol. Flavor of smoked malt, caramel and alcohol. Medium body, liquorous texture, very soft carbonation. This is my favorite cask aged Harvest Ale, of course it helps that I love scotch, especially scotches from Islay.


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