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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3.5
bierkoning (13352) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2008
2006 bottle from Lithy, thanks! Orange color, hazy. malty, peaty aroma with pineapple. Initial malty sugary sweetness challenged by oak and peat. Tangerine, pineapple. Ash and peat in the aftertaste. Very interesting beer, but the balance is gone.

3.7
BeerandBlues2 (13307) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 4, 2007
12-oz bottle purchased from Coaltrain Wine and Liquor. Pours hazy and muddy mahagony with spare off-white head, completely diminishing with no lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, cookie), light hops (flowers), average yeast (raw leather) with notes of port, apple, pear and cola. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation and a creamy finish. Heavy sweetness, light acidity and bitterness; creamy roasted caramel malt and whiskey flavor. A touch too sweet.

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!

2.3
crossovert (12912) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Nice smoky smell, big peatiness and almost burnt rubber. The flavor is smoky but also vegetal with a sweet pea flavor.

3.9
hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2008
2003 & 2004 Vintages tasted side x side thanks to egajdzis. These were 2 completely different beers! The aromas of the 2003 where softer and consisted of lots of peat, earhtiness, lighter vanilla, wood, and nutty. The 2004 aromas consisted of smoke, whiskey/bourbon, and some vanilla. The tastes of the 2004 had lots more vanilla and whiskey in it vs. the 2003. 2004 was way more sweet too.

3.5
Sammy (12197) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2006
A beverage of certain extremes. A so-so barleywine taste boosted by clear scotch whiskey and wood flavoring, an interest cloudy pour. An aroma that is at the same time beer as it is whiskey. A not so satisfying drinking experience yet smooth. Not a perfect show: Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.

4
slowrunner77 (12044) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"too aggressive on the pour, so we unleashed the floaties...and the beer is so thick they never settled. again, port/sherry like sweetness, just a hint of hops, but i really like the peaty smokiness in the aroma and flavor. it adds more complexity than the other barrels cuz it goes in a different direction. the scotch isn’t overdone like mikkeller black hole was. probably my favorite harvest ale...

3.5
j12601 (11796) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle from 07 courtesy of Paul at his place for feetbulls. Soft malt and a bit of sweetness, hints of wood. Medium-bodied, sweet and malty, lots of sweetness, caramel, wood. Not much smoke or anything like that, but it’s mostly sweet and a bit of vanilla. Sweet on the finish, caramel, smooth and easy drinking, very faint hints of whiskey. Decent.

3.8
madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2005
Bottled: Deep clear golden almost orange coloured. Small beige head. Wood, alcohol, fruit in the aroma. Quite smooth. Reminds me a lot of Lagavulin Scotch (We took a bottle and sniffed!!!). Flavour is fruity, light smoked, has light notes of alcohol and spice. In the end the thoughts again goes to of the Lagavulin barrels. Nice one

3.5
deyholla (11600) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle thanks to Sarah! Pours a cloudy deep amber with no head whatsoever but visible carbonation in the beer. Aroma has a very strong peat note that masks underlying sweet grains, caramel and alcohol. Flavor is a bit different with caramel, sweet grains and sweet bread in the start, but the finish is full of peat, earthy wood and a hint of alcohol. A bit too much peat for my liking, but not bad to sip on.


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