J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)

 
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Formerly brewed at J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
available

on tap
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RATINGS: 505   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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4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Delicious! It tasted like I was drinking smooth syrupy whisky. Very sweet in flavor as well.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2005
2004 bottle. Im generally adhere to the principle that one needs no more than 2-3 ounces to rate a beer (how would professionals rate Scotch otherwise?), but in the case of this particular ale, ones experience heightens with continued consumption. Defying economic theory, there are no diminishing marginal returns here. The combination of barleywine sweetness meets Lagavulin smokiness is rather surprising initiatlly, but as the shock decays and ones senses grow accustom, one is treated to a hedonistic experience. Notes of cedar, smoke, toffee, butter, and what I like to think of as Italian mortadella embody all that is good in life (and beer). I enjoyed this immensely and eagerly anticipate its ageing virtues.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
) This beer has an aroma infused with the fragrances of dates, wood, and apricots and smoke can be detected in the background. It is a dark caramel color with a good cream colored head that lasts and leaves great lacing behind. This thick smooth beer fills the mouth with a rich smooth taste. A variety of flavors can be detected: caramel, malt, toffee, brown sugar, and dates. The flavor is sweet from the introduction to the swallow. The closing does produce a mild smoky wood taste that lingers mildly after the solution has been swallowed.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jamesthebrit (419) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2014 Sweet earthy fruity note. Woody. Looks amazing (on tap) Taste is complex like the smell. Woody earthy. Palate is sour. Smooth. Medium body. Overall an amazing beer. A must try... even tho its retired. It was 2011 on tap. :) so good. Ooooooo got a bottle from 2005. Opened and flat as a pancake. Super heavy. Super sweet. Like brandy. This is a sipping beer. Really Im surprised it stayed so good being this old. Scotch note is very solid. But the sweetness takes away.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009 Pin cask, 2007 vintage, at Beer Table in Brooklyn. Pours a very hazy golden brown, with absolutely no head. Nose is peat smoke and honey, woody and decadently sweet. Taste is peat smoke, honey and caramel, brown sugar and hints of walnut and molasses. Burn of whiskey in the back of your throat as well, though the alcohol is unbelievably well hidden and smooth. Amazingly balanced, a singular experience from the pin cask. The kind of beer that makes you understand what beer can really aspire to be. Fantastic.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastmaster (381) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
200th rating. Thanks bmillsy! Poured tan khaki brown, with no head. Peat aroma overpowers any caramel, Smoke, whiskey aromas. Malt to the max. You cant get around the heavy peat without the heavy body. Sweet barelywine. This is a whisky/scotch drinkers beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Pours burnt golden and syrupy -- swirls in the glass with liquor viscosity. Touch of char in the aroma with some toffee notes and smokiness. Alive and fruity on the tongue ... peat peat peat ... and more peat. At first overwhelming, but then it backs off and settles to the backseat. Sweet and sugary. Overall very nice, but not as good as strait J W Lees.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Great combination. The Smokeyness of Lagavulin really balances with the sweet present in a fresh bottle of the Lees. Perfect for the beer drinking scotch lover. Absolutely delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jnkor (364) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Aroma is sweet but robust. Poured with no head, but an appealing brownish orange. Sweet but full like a wee heavy or a barley wine. I can feel the high ABV, but not too strongly - this beer might age well. (2005)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2011
I love Lagavulin. Combine that with this brew and Im happy. Smokey peat. Sweet brew with a dark hazy orange color. A sipper. Enjoy every drop.


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