Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Interesting. Someone poured a little barley wine in with my scotch to cut it. Orange in color, perfectly clear, very faint head fades completely. Faint aroma of caramel is overwhelmed by the familiar scent of Lagavulin (a favorite Scotch of mine). The whiskey notes are marked by wood, iodine, salt, and seaweed. When cooler, the whiskey component completely overwhelms the rest of the beer. When this sipper eventually reaches room temperature, the caramel notes come through, wrapping sweetly around the ocean tinged peat flavors of the Scotch. Amazing how much of the character of Lagavulin carries through cleanly in this experiment. Long lingering flavor. As fascinating as this beer was, however, I didn’t like it as well as either the normal J.W. Lees Harvest Ale or normal Lagavulin. Though a balance was achieved between the distinct flavors, the two companions never seem entirely at ease with each other. I guess I’m partial to the flavors of bourbon when it comes to aging a beer in whiskey casks. willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2005
01.07.05 11oz or so bottle, I forgot to look. Copperish honey pour is clear as glass beneath a thin off-white head. Aromas of leather, peat-smoke, wood, light loive brine(?), white grape. Whiskey notes are evident across the palate and very pleasant as honey, oak, tanned leather, tobacco (lots of tobacco), and a dry sweetness all highlight themselves and meld cleanly. Of all the JW Lees in the wood, this I can see being the least appealing to those with disdain for whiskey as those characteristics are most evident. I think it’s a fascinating brew, although tiresome to drink the whole glass with any expediency. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Bottle and tasted in a smaller Great Lakes snifter: Glowing amber hue with a fading head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of caramlized malting, peat, sea salt, ripened apple, white pepper, juniper berries, sublime oak, floral and aromatic hops and moderate phenols. The taste starts with a noticeable sweet malt and burnt sugar character before the rush of whisky cleans the palate. The use of the scotch is well done and doesn’t overpower the beer basic nature. Subdued fruity tones appear every so often to add depth of palate. The finish does display a woody undertone, a bit smoky and some has some twangy bitters. The feel is aggressive yet not so much to not want you to take another sip, very mild alcohol warming. I like this a can’t wait to see how a few years of aging will do to this unique beer. Recommended. npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Clear gold, with a large off-white head.
Strong nose of peaty scotch whisky. Sweet, with a strong smoaked peat scotch flavor. hotstuff (5281) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Bottle. Poured a small white head with virtually no lacing, very little carbonation, transparent and an orange hue. Aroma was malty, sweet, whiskey, caramel, and alcohol. Flavor was malty, whiskey, caramel, and vinuous. Mouthfeel was vinuous and a slight burning sensation.
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 24, 2004
Rich gold w/light amber hints and a small if non exsistent head. Nose of Peat, smoke, sweet malt, iodine, light cherry, and faint alcohol. Med-Heavey body, sweet with smoky dry finish though a bit cloying. Flavors of sweet malt, honey, smoke, iodine, spice and band-aid. I though this really showed the lagavulin character and thus I thoughly enjoyed it! DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 Cyrstal clear pink-tinted amber body, not much head. Warm, fruity, wood-accented aroma. There’s a bite of either alcohol or hops at the end of the aroma, I’m not sure which it is. The flavor is approaching oversweet but it’s tempered by a dry, sort of smokey wood taste. The start of the flavor has a nice plummy, nougaty sweetness with some almost cirtrusy hops. Finishes with jus the right amount of sweet vs. dry. Good stuff!DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
2004 bottle. This is one peaty bitch! Dry woody peat aroma with light pear. The aroma primarily features the woody peat but the flavor combines it with that cream smooth creamy barleywine - it’s very complimentary.
Very fruity aroma with hints of sweet brown sugar. Slightly rubbery whisky aroma. Transparent orange coor with very quickly dissipating light yellow head into nothing. Smokey, rubbery whiskey taste hits you to start. Very smoked and woodsy campfire notes. Finishes sweet with some spicy pepperiness. This is my least favorite of the 4... Dorwart (2616) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Decent light beige head with amazing carbonation. Head lingers for a while. Bubbles are formed at the bottom and very slowly rise to the top of the glass. Very weird how slow they rise but oh so seductive. Rich, sweet aroma with peat, loads of malts, caramel and a distinct whisky kick. Bit of smoke also. Color is a dark orange/brown. Wow is this stuff smooth. Strong alcohol presence and a nice whisky bite. Little sweet. More malts and caramel and smoke. Not overly complex. Soft in the mouth. Finish is smooth and warming with a lingering alcohol sting on the tongue. A top qualtiy barleywine and one that should be enjoyed slowly. Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2004
Sweet syrup alcoholic caramel, whiskey barrel on the nose, oaky roughness on the tongue; especially at the end. Disturbingly smooth, but feel the carbonation softly on the roof of your mouth. Burnt sugar in the midde of the taste followed by a nice woody hop edge and long sweet finish. I enjoyed this more as it warmed up.