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: 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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3.3
Stuu666 (13425) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s tasting, 2012 edition. Smoky, dry, sweet toffee, thin, bit young.

4.3
SuperTiti33 (891) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
Ambrée. Léger collet blanc. Nez: fumé. Salin. Boisé. Malt tourbé. Bouche: très sucré. Énormément boisé. Lagavulin à fond. Salin. Vanille. Caramel au beurre salé. Absolument sublime.

3.2
allmyvinyl (10624) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
275ml bottle from Craig, cheers for keeping ahold of! Pours murky pale brown, no head. Aromas of whisky and wood, some sweetness. Taste is whisky and cardboard. Sweet finish.

3.7
McNeillR (2315) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
Pale auburn and headless, a bit oddly cloudy. Dank, wee bit carboardy is a bit more of a distinction between the sweetness of the beer and the ageing - showcasing how actually impressive the others had held up. e. Vibrant iondine. A bit more raking on still an excellent mouthfeel. Almost minty/cooling from the burn of the booze both from the ageing and the ABV.

Bottle, Cheers CAGarvieUK, 2006 bottle.

2.3
BenH (3439)
- Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
Bottle, 2012. Amber with pretty much no head. Aroma is full on whisky, tcp. Taste of smokey tcp. A tough drink

3.2
cgarvieuk (24515) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
bottle at home ... golden amber ,,, thin white lacing ... soft fruits ... big whisky nose ... soft fruits ... big big sweet whisky .. light toffe malt .. nto working for me

3.8
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
Bottle from Beer Emporium, Sandbach. Drank at home on my billy with the sherry and calvados versions, 2010 bottle, destroyed by me in March 2012. Poured a slightly murky amber brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of earthy peat and whiskey, VERY ME. Flavour more scotch (which would be by chosen choice of weapon in a drink to the death), brown sugar, smoke. Good stuff.

4.7
Jamesthebrit (421) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2014 Sweet earthy fruity note. Woody. Looks amazing (on tap) Taste is complex like the smell. Woody earthy. Palate is sour. Smooth. Medium body. Overall an amazing beer. A must try... even tho its retired. It was 2011 on tap. :) so good. Ooooooo got a bottle from 2005. Opened and flat as a pancake. Super heavy. Super sweet. Like brandy. This is a sipping beer. Really I’m surprised it stayed so good being this old. Scotch note is very solid. But the sweetness takes away.

4.4
beastmaster (381) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
200th rating. Thanks bmillsy! Poured tan khaki brown, with no head. Peat aroma overpowers any caramel, Smoke, whiskey aromas. Malt to the max. You can’t get around the heavy peat without the heavy body. Sweet barelywine. This is a whisky/scotch drinkers beer.

4.1
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2014 2012 Bottle from a trip to Hoboken. Shared with beastmaster. Pours orange, mostly clear, with pretty much no head. Aroma is big peaty scotch smells, a bit of the signature nutty JW Lees in the backdrop. But really big smokey peat. Flavor is massive smokey peat, leather, tobacco, very light dry nuts, more peat, a hint of sweet caramel to balance. Whoah. This is like scotch, but without any of the booze burn. Very mellow. Medium plus mouthfeel with more carbonation than I got from the other BA versions of this. This might be my favorite variant, and it is bordering on incredible.


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