M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - FEB 9, 2014
A minimal yet fairly resilient, soapy off white head crowns a vibrant auburn body with fiery crimson and amber highlights, each swirl creating a flurry of carbonation, recreating the thin sheet of head while each sip leaves a segmented peninsula of lacegputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2007
The peat influence initially dominates the aromas, eventually fading back to reveal a lively whiskey fruitiness embossed with caramel, marshmallow, toasted brown sugar, maple syrup, coffee cake, pecan pie, and fig, with juicy pear and apple nuances rounding out, all the components eloquently flood the palate on a silky smooth medium-heavy body, the oaky peat addition sparks further interest with the bolder notes of the base ale, peat and oak tannin sharpen the sweet components and add a spicy characteristic which is an interesting addition texturally to the smooth, fully coated palate, residuals circle back to the prominent peat and oak tones with maple and caramel syrup complimenting slightly acidic layers of pear and apple juice
275ml capped bottle vintage 2006 consumed February 9, 2014 served at 65º into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter
From bottle. Pours an orange/brown with thin tan head. Nose has rising dough, peaty whiskey. Flavor is sweet, thick malts, backed by more of the whiskey notes. Palate is thick and chewy. Nicely done. KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Delicious! It tasted like I was drinking smooth syrupy whisky. Very sweet in flavor as well. Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2005
2004 bottle. I’m 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, one’s 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 one’s 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. 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.
Jamesthebrit (421) - 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 I’m surprised it stayed so good being this old. Scotch note is very solid. But the sweetness takes away. 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. 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 can’t get around the heavy peat without the heavy body. Sweet barelywine. This is a whisky/scotch drinkers beer. 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. 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.