Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2004 Poured an almost gold color with a very small head. Aroma of light smokiness and believe it or not, Lavavulin. The taste was like other JW Lees Harvests with the same smokiness of the aroma, in the taste. Warm and smooth. I had to try it alongside the scotch, as I have a bottle on hand. Although young, worth drinking now and once matured. A true gem. npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Clear gold, with a large off-white head.
Strong nose of peaty scotch whisky. Sweet, with a strong smoaked peat scotch flavor. shadey (2135) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2010 Amber color with no real head. Aroma is strong sweetness and alcohol. Flavor is carmel sweetness and maple syrup. Very easy to drink for the big 11.5%. 7/3/7/4/16Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2005
2006 bottle rated in 2010. Pours a deep amber with only a ring of large white bubbles around the edge of the glass. Aroma is sweet and caramelly, with some toffee and a real richness. The flavor is really something special, with smokiness and sweetness that is excitingly well developed and smooth. I think this only gets better with age, as there is no hint of oxidation. The body is chewy and smooth with a mouth-filling quality that lets you know you are drinking something substantial. I don’t remember this being this good. I absolutely love the smokiness to the finish. 7/3/9/5/19
musky and port like though not sweet. an excellent sipping brew in place of port, sherry or other. a bit overpowering with a meal but as a lead in or after it’s on the mark. GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
Flavor:Wow,mixe of scotch,alcoholt,smoked,oak and caramel.........
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2006
2004 bottle. Purchased at the Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA. This is the last botlte in the JW Lees range that I have to rate. After drinking the other 3 and a 98 harvest I’m excited to rate the lagauvilin. After drinking these beers, porter, sherry, 98 harvest, calvados and now this, I’ve come to appreciate the refinements that barley wine style ales can have and how different they can be. Now to the good stuff. The brew porus a deep reddish amber with at first a small thin head, which has disappated into some foamy bubbles on the surface. The aroma is sweet and whiskey tinged, this brew has whiskey written all over it figuratively and lieterally. The taste is sweet and warm with a great deal of smooth whiskey flavors intermingling with the beer. Each taste seems better then the last, I’m going to have to drink this brew awfully slow or I’ll want another soon really bad. This is probably the best of the bunch, each of the 4 are different and unique and are standouts but this is pretty much heaven in a glass. SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 19, 2006
2004. burnt caramel and wood aroma. dark brown /caramel colored with no head. syrupy thick pour. rich, smokey, burnt marshmallow flavors. full bodied with a thick, almost gel-like, palate. the body is a little too thick but the flavors are outstanding. this is excellent. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Hands down the best of the J.W. Lee’s cask aged harvest ales. Rich copper colored body with a few bubbles floating around, almost still. Rich fresh oak on the nose with sweet malts. Every so faint peat and smoke on the initial nose, but letting it sit and agitating it periodically for 30 minutes or so really released the Islay characteristics I was hoping for. Much more smoke and peat in the sweat malt body than in the initial nose. Unlike many barley wines, this one wasn’t as cloyingly sweet as many. henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2008
Hazy red chestnut body with a creamy beige head; Very nice deep and interesting nose, lots of well hidden nuances that makes a quite masculine nose, all elements are well balanced and the lagavulin barrel is very well fitting; Incredible mouth full alive super present perfectly balanced full soft texture all elements are playing together and are present at different stages, the salty touch is perfect, fitted with a big bubbled soft carbonation; It smoothen out perfectly with a slightly smoke barrel soft tar burnt aroma, lasting and a great alcohol bite. Amazing present mature superbly composed and very man-like. A REAL BEER!!! MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2008
A Mes rate: Bottle during Maria’s Ton Up Tasting.
2006 bottle and I must say a big thanks to Casper for allowing us the opportunity to try these three variations side by side. This was by far the best of the lot. The first three words in my notes are "Jesus!". The beautiful sweetness of the regular Harvest Ale is offset wonderfully by the big peaty whiskey. Damn. I don’t really need to embellish these notes too much. Suffice to say this is one of my favourite beers... with KNOBS on. The whiskey works so well and it is not even close to being overdone. Such finesse is such a big burley beer! I couldn’t drink much of this but as something to share with good friends it’s close to unbeatable. Thanks Casper!