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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3.9
rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
Bottle at the pre-CBC tasting in Copenhagen 150430. Hazy orange/copper beer with a small offwhite head. Malty leather and smoke aroma, woody, hay, peat, fruity, grapes, some caramel. Whisky leather flavor, fruity, caramel, grapes, raisins, banana notes, warming alcohol, caramel, woody, smoky, some grapes. Nice beer.

2.9
harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottle, St Albans Beer Festival 2005. The last of the 4 offerings from Duff for the festival. Sherry flavours with smokey, whiskey sweetness. Goodish sweet whiskey style barley wine

3.8
mcberko (17841) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2011
275mL bottle from 2009, split with Matts_Property, pours an opaque orangey amber with no head and lots of sediment. Quite the peaty / smokey aroma, as lots of the Lagavulin barrel quality comes through, with more buried notes of candied sugar and toffee. The sweetness comes through a lot more on the flavour, with lots of candy, caramelized sugar, toffee, etc. only slightly being countered by the smokey whiskey character. The sweetness and smokiness aren’t meshed together exceedingly well, though this is enjoyable nonetheless.

3.3
Oakes (17680) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2009
2004 bottle. Muddy looking, flat, light chestnut. Sweet brown sugar nose but a little oxidized with peat smoke accents. Burly peat up front, then rich brown sugary decadence. Finishes peaty, sweet, alcoholic and a little woody. Lots of fun, but not much nuance. The two characters are not as cohesive as I’d like them to be.

3.6
jtclockwork (16597) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Dark pour. Aroma is strong whiskey malt. Very strong whiskey malt taste, caramel and light smoke. Rated 6/25/04

3
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 9, 2013
Draft @ Oakquinox 2013. Hazy orange pour with a white head. Extremely scotch forward. Very heavy on the peat and smoke. Some wood, sweet brown sugar, bread, and hints of fruit. Lots of apple, as well. There’s a strong peat flavor to the beer, too. Scotch, oak, apple, and lots of sugar. Smoke, a bit of bread and toast, and a nearly cloying finish.

3.4
Dedollewaitor (16159) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2011
Bottle @ Blindtasting, Odense, July 2011. Pours cloudy golden with a small off white bubbly head. Heavy peated smoked nose and flavor. Sweet and sugary/syrupy with hints of dark fruit. A bit of alcohol warmth. Heavy . .

3.5
Benzai (15608) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2012
275ml bottle shared by Joes. Hazy medium to dark orange color, no head. Smell malts, whisky, lightly peat and smoke. Taste malts, a lot of whiskey, some sweetness, alcohol. Heavy! Full body, medium carbonation.

3.4
Ferris (15288) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2005 - Big rich malts, cereal and big oak notes. Cloudy brown with no head. Lots of apple sweetness, tons of oak and a long sweetness. The scotch doesn’t show up at all, although I do get barrel notes. Nice, but not the beer I was expecting.

3.7
bhensonb (15195) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Bottle brewed in 2005. Brilliant copper color with lots of tiny bubbles. No discernible head. Aroma is sweet malt affected by significant smoke. Medium body with very mild carbonation. Flavor is sweet, smoky, and arguably a tinge woody. There’s a lot going on. Smoke. Wood. Rubber? Sugar. Caramel. Toffee. Where does it end? Should be a sipper, but it goes down incredibly well. Finish definitely develops smoke. Just really good. Not dry in the finish, but the sweetness is tolerable.


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