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: 511   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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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4.2
HumuloneRed (765) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 23, 2005
9.3 oz. 2003 bottle. Clear light copper color with a thin head and some lacing. Nice peaty whisky nose. Flavor of peat smoke, whisky, malt, and wood. Full bodied. Great beer.

4
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2007 I got this simply because I am a big Scotch fan and Lagavulin is my favorite whisky. Poured into a brandy snifter. Dark cherry color with a small white head and some lace. Wow. This may be the best aroma I’ve smelled on any beer. Incredibly complex and unique. It is smoky but not in the peaty way Lagavulin or other Islays are. Meaty, full, slightly fruity. Lots of other stuff in the aroma I cannot put my finger on. I don’t want to drink it it smells so good. Very full mouth feel, quite thick and heavy. Doesn’t taste quite as good as it smells but it is still great. This is like a full meal. Surprisingly, it doesn’t taste that much like whisky to me. Still great though.

3.5
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2004
This is a different and good Barley Wine. Sweet malt, peet, and smokey flavors. Finishes sweet, smokey, and sticky. I will get another bottle and let it sit for a while.

3.7
ericnixon (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 11, 2006
Bought a bottle of this about 7 months ago while on a business trip in Chicago. Nice deep amber color. It had a smoky-ness to the taste as well as the earthy tones. The whiskey taste was pronounced.

4.2
twindadplus2 (743) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2006 Saved this one for my 200th review since I love Lagavulin. Deep ruby red with a very minimal head. Very sweet, dark fruit aroma with notes of brown sugar and oak. Very sweet and fruity up front, fading to notes of vanilla and honey. The smoke and peat flavors permeate all the way through to the finish. Thick, satiny mouthfeel that just glides over your palate. An incredily unique barley wine that really lives up.

4.6
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2010
On cask at The Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA. 2001 vintage. It pours a lightly hazy dark amber with no head to speak of. I could have just smelled this beer and been satisfied. Peaty and earthy, sweet malt and whiskey from the cask. Beautiful. The taste matches the smell. Very boozy and quite sweet but always with that peaty, whisky flavor permeating throughout. Very fruity with hints of toffee and vanilla. Sweetish finish with the whisky flavor lingering. Outstanding.

3.7
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2005 Édition 2003. Couleur orange caramel à l’apparence claire, translucide et alcoolique. Aucun dégagement gazeux lors du service, faible mousse facilement re-créable en agitant le verre. Arômes marqués des caractéristiques d’un alcool fort, oui, tel le whisky mais aussi le sherry pour l’oxydation qui est facilement détectable. Alcool, sirop d’érable, dattes, pommes meurtris sous une touche organique, terreuse et de fumée style tourbée. Quoique bien maltée en bouche, on n’y trouve qu’un soupçon de l’épaisseur de celui habituellement présent dans les vintages. Toujours plutôt sucrée, une touche d’oxydation est suivi d’un signifiant mordant de houblon vert. Finale très alcoolique rappelant aussi précisément la cire à chaussure., probablement à cause de son caractère fumée. Texture sirupeuse et collante, corps d’épaisseur épaisse à pleine, fine carbonatation chatouillant momentanément la langue. Bouteille, Charlie’s Liquor, Boston, Janvier 2005.

3.5
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
Bottled, 2005 edition. Dull peach color with some sentiment floating in it. Almost no head or lacing. Fruity and heady aroma. The flavour is almost unpleasantly sweet, but it has this deliciously complex, smoky whiskey flavor and a long and mysterious aftertaste. A unique treat, but kind of hard to take.

4.2
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Nice pour: perfect head, little lacing. The color was like cloudy ice tea--too sweet on a hot southern day, it even got sweeter as it warmed. The taste was delic...an irish beer drinkin’ girl’s dream! Aged barrel flavor, whiskey taste interlocking honey with a sweet finish.

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.


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