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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3.4
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2013 2008 Pours burnt orange copper with no head. The smell is rich, strong fermented apples and oaked whiskey. The taste is very strange, but in a good way. Near vinegar funky with some peat oak, a good bit of cidery Apple and some plum. I?m going to steal from another great rating and say there is a light saline, some dried leather, a near nutty feel that leads to a drying finish with a heavy palate. Strange up front taste but finished good and fruity with a warming lingering musty peat. The base beer is alright but doesn’t quite highlight the cask and visa versa.

4.1
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Very little carbonation, pour is very syrupy/viscous...deep tan/orange color. Aroma of whiskey/alcohol, woody with underlying hints of belgian fruitiness. Belgian fruits in flavor...also whiskey, butterscotch, with hints of wine, tannins and wood. A bit too sweet, but lots of complexity.

4.2
Drink4Satan (677) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Pours a transluscent orange with a minimal, late forming off-white head that disipates almost immediately. The nose is that of a sweet barley wine with vibrant, distinctive notes of peat, smoke, single-malt scotch and wood. The flavour only benefits from the aging in whiskey barrels in the finish, where smokey, peaty notes linger on the back of the tongue. Otherwise, this is just a very sweet, sugary barley wine that puts little emphasis on hop bitterness and carries flavours of toffee, brown sugar, plum, praline, and heavy tobacco. The palate is slick and syrupy with a semi-dry, alcoholic finish. The carbonation is gentle and perfectly matched, given the high viscosity of the brew.

3.9
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Pours reddish-amber with a single layer of bubbles on top. Smoke, oak, dark fruit, light hops in the aroma. Faint but complex. Very sweet flavor. Unfortunately reminds me of the Utopias, just not as sickening. Alcohol is well-masked. There’s a very nice dry oak, peat, and tobacco finish that leaves me feeling like I just smoked a cigar. Seriously. That’s awesome.

4.2
EKGoldings (664) - Radford, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 Purchased on recommendation: 2005 consumed 10/2011. Huge, massive beer that is stunningly complex and incredibly sweet. Dominated by sweet malt and peaty smoke but without the iodine I expect from Islay, hops are decidedly in the background. As others point out, really a sipping beer that would do well in a brandy snifter.

3.3
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2009
gavulin cask bottling, vintage 2004. Tasted July 2006. Pours a slightly hazy amber orange. Minimal head that dissipated quickly. Nose is very lambic like with wild fruity aromas. Almost raspberryish. On the palate I find the distinctive smoky/peatyness that is no doubt from the Islay malt casks, however they do not define the beer exclusively. There’s a pleasant maple syrup sweetness and thickness of body that is noticed at the same time. Late palate into the finish is very malty sweet, some honey as well, with some tartness/bitterness that balances well. For me this is a dessert beer and unfortunately it’s my first pour of the evening. When the lambic mood strikes, reach for a curious alternative.

3.6
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2007
’06 Vintage: Bronze pour with no head whatsoever. Massive woodsy aroma with notes of honey, malt and a bit of whiskey soaked candy. Over-the-top whiskey-wood taste that overpowers anything else. Very dry finish with a subtle honey malt essence. Didn’t enjoy this one as much as the Calvados.

4.2
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Brewed in 2004. Consumed 2009. A: pours a dark, rich mahogany with some wonderful ruby notes. very faint khaki colored head, really faint. practically no head retention. subtle ringlike lacing. S: huge aromas of whiskey..shocker. wonderful english barleywine aromas, tons of apples, solid spices, yet indescribable. good hop characteristic, subtle, but providing some nice orange aromas. T: big time whiskey flavors off the bat. i am getting a lot of artificial grape flavors, like grape soda. really sweet malts. moderate hop essence. nice chocolate notes. tons of caramel. M: its confusing. Full bodied, yet thin bodied. very nice beer and ages well. a little flat, but 5 years would do that. very smooth, slightly creamy.

4.5
sjohnny (636) - - JUL 15, 2017
Just a huge hit of peaty scotch. A little sweetness on the back end. Cloudy light brown orange Amber with a thin quickly fading off white head. Lots of Scotch. Lots of peat. Glassy smooth. Prune. Date. Fig. Sweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
CpyNPrnT (616) - Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Aroma of barbeque, taste is lays barbeque potato chips, some alcohol. Did not expect that. bottle 2012


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