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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3.5
heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2004
I noticed this had more ratings than the other cask styles. I guess I am not the only one that thought that whiskey barrels would be superior. I may try the others later down the line. Pours with a light and bright copper color with no head. Has little carbonation. The aroma is whiskey, smoky pete, cherries and port wine. The taste is brown sugar and carmel. The mouthfeel was extremely thick. While the initial taste is too sweet, the finish is smoky. I would like to try this a few years from now.

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.

3.5
Ernest (7889) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, molasses, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), with light notes of smoke, cask wood, butterscotch, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Full body, creamy/velvety texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Good stuff, as is the plain Harvest, but I don’t think the whisky barrel greatly improved the character of the base barleywine much...its effects are small.

3.5
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Clear orange brew with a topping of creamy foam.Nose is malty above all what might be trying to come out.There is a little oaky,earthy aroma but not much.Taste is all earth.No fruits but very syrupy and thick.Interesting

3.5
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2005
2004. Bottle, Poured dark and had a nice haed. The nose was whiskey and did not set my heart on fire. The taste was snokey and wood and Whiskey. And alcohol.

3.5
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2005
This was interesting. had some seriosu funk to it, like the cheese funk from a geuze or something. had a big well water, metallic taste too. definitely get the alcohol, and for some reason pizza?? like bacon or pepperoni/ smoked. weird.

3.5
Sammy (12995) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2006
A beverage of certain extremes. A so-so barleywine taste boosted by clear scotch whiskey and wood flavoring, an interest cloudy pour. An aroma that is at the same time beer as it is whiskey. A not so satisfying drinking experience yet smooth. Not a perfect show: Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.

3.5
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 2005 release: Brew pours a tawny honey color w/ a shallow, short lived, semi creamy froth. Residual lacing is a thin, dusty canopy w/ a full yet thin ring. Aromas are sweet and sour w/ defined peat and earth. Full nectar w/ mellow residual effers. Ths brew is very sweet yet extremely complex. Theres a very distinct pulled pork w/ BBQ sauce flavor here. Nuances of honey, black cherry, aged apricot, peat, smoke, meat, fat caramel. There is an underlying sour character that emerges from the depths. The finish is long and sweet w/ very little bittering. The Lagavulin or Islay malt characteristic of peat and smoke are defined thoroughly. 2004 was better.

2004 realease: Viscous I say, little frothy with effers only in the mouth and slight at that. Pours a deep amber honey color that borders crimson. Aroma is that of aged balsmic, intense. Ghastly sweet yet extremely complex. Upfront is the sweet honey, slight cherry and vanilla then BAM, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LAGAVULIN BABY!!!!! I have to say I am a lover of single malt scotch and Lagavulin is one of my favorites. When you swallow this full bodied nectar the PEATand SMOKE come alive and has a novicaine like effect on your palate. Numbing the inside of your mouth for a short period of time. Then the finish is that of dried apricot with a slight souring to ballance it out. The scotch barrel aging is a defined flavor and really adds to the complexity of this ale. Overall: I suggest this as an after dinner sipper. If you like dessert wine, Vin Santo maybe, you’ll love this. it’s another example of how an ale can fit into the world of flavors only previously thought of as part of the wine world. Highly recommended. Score: 4.4

3.4
Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Clear, amber body with almost no head. Strong, alcoholic nose with lots of sweet, fruity malts. Raisin, apples, wood and warming licorice alcohol. I mean, literally, the nose is just assaulted with alcohol. The body is interesting as sometimes it seems thin, but isn’t, and nor is it thick. Really interesting flavors and where the Lagavulin peaks its nose out. Salty as all get out. I don’t remember having a barrel-aged beer that took on as much character from the previous liquid, as does this one. A bit peaty, but really it seems more like a sweet, alcoholic beer mixed with salt water. A slow sipper that really takes time to appreciate and analyze. Not outstanding, but interesting nonetheless. I’d like to see what some time will do to this one.

3.4
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 28, 2004
(2003 bottle) Sparkling clear amber topped by medium off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, butterscotch, some whisky, light oak. Taste is quite sweet, butterscotch, some peat/smoke. The finish is the highlight, with its light smoky alcohol burn. Syrupy full body. Clearly a sipping beer, but a bit too sweet for my taste.


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