J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

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%
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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fonefan (49293) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2010
Bottle 9.3fl.oz. @ home.
[ Trade by GAManiac ]. Light unclear medium to dark amber orange color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, wood, moderate to light heavy prune and date, moderate alcohol - whisky. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily and sticky, carbonation is flat. [20091202]

yespr (45412) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2008
27.5 cL bottle. Pours hazy deep orange with a lacing off-white head. Dense malt aroma and solid fruity but also smoked. Flavour is dry and light smoked. Once again extremely sweet caramel malt. Dense smoked flavour into the sweet finish.

Ungstrup (37561) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2005
A dark orange beer with a disappearing beige head. The aroma is slightly smoked and with notes of whiskey. The flavor is sweet with notes of whiskey and peach and with hints of smoke. The end is slightly woody and the alcohol burns the tongue slightly.

anders37 (26605) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2006
Bottle. 2004 vintage. Pours a dark amber colour with a small off-white head. Dry malty dusty and slightly smoky aroma. Sweet malty smoky flavor with hints of caramel and toffee. Sweet malty warming finish with some smoky hints.

Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2008
(Bottle 27,5 cl) Courtesy of boboski. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a small rough off white head. Distinct aroma of smoke and tar. Full-bodied with a low carbonation. Flavours of sweet caramel and vanilla, smoke, tar and tobacco. No bitterness. Of the four barrelled J.W. Lees I think the Lagavulin version offers more resistance to the extreme sweetness of the base beer. 200608

madmitch76 (24791) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2012
1st February 2010
Cloudy dark amber beer. Malt and sherry on the nose. Soft and semi dry palate. Sweet and sour malt perfectly balanced with nice sherry notes and then well balanced smoky whisky coming through. Finishes sweet with smoky whisky. Warming finish. Another superbly joined up Barrel Aged beer from JW Lees. But also a big 2 fingers to JW Lees for not making this available in the UK.

Travlr (24667) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle shared with GT2 and nuplastikk, thanks for drinking with me gentlemen. Clear and flat golden color (I got the first pour!). Aroma of dilute Lagavulin (no kidding). Taste is sweet syrupy caramel attenuated by the whisky. Nice enough.

cgarvieuk (24462) - 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

fiulijn (20492) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2012
2012-12-08, vintage 2005, 7 years old, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Dark amber to brown color (lighter than the Port version, darker than the Sherry version), with smaller head. The aroma blends the expected Harvest Ale maltiness with delicate smoke. Full malty flavor; in this version the alcohol is more evident, hence the sweetness is a bit less evident; the Lagavulin provides a light and elegant smokey and salty note; in the final there is a feeling of charred cask.

2008-06-20, vintage 2004, 4 years old, 9-4-9-4-17=43
great thanks to Papsoe for sharing!

Hazy dark amber color. Sweet smokey malt aroma. It has a full mouthfeel, with full malt flavor, very sweet, classic English Barley Wine, with minimum bitterness. Almost syrupy at the end, but luckily there is some more caramel and bitterness, and a light smokey touch. It’s the most intriguing of the 4 special editions. Excellent.

Theydon_Bois (19490) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle split at the sleepy-rapping tasting at Ronny & Alex’s pad, CBC fine tuner, 30/04/15 picked this one up from the Charleston Beer Exchange. Lightly hazed amber with a moderate beige covering. Nose is toffee, lightly peated malt, spice, caramel, hint of vanilla. Taste comprises sweet licks, toffee, light smoke, shades of fruit, subtle peated tones. Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet and sour notes in the close with light smoke and peat. Decent Laguvulin BA affair, good balance, barrel never over powers.

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