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: 510   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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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.

3.4
Ratman197 (15372) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Bottle 2004 vintage poured a hazy copper with a small but lasting amber head. Aromas of bacon bits,sweet fruit, and a bit of toffee. Palate was heavy and oily. Flavors of bacon bits,oak, molasses, and butter with a sweet warming finish.

3.4
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2006
275 ml bottle 2003: Coppery amber w/o a head. Thick & syrupy on the pour and what little head welled up quickly disappeared. Sherry & toasty malt, brown sugar and a bit of caramel apple. Hints of whiskey gets stronger as it warms. Very light wisps of vanilla w/ oak wood smoke and alcohol in the form of butane lighter fluid. Whiskey flavor is up front from chilled to warm, but not overwhelming; Balanced to malty sweet, but not as sweet as the previous 2. Caramel and toasty malt w/ hints of raisins, w/ a sweet finish that is slightly syrupy. Aftertaste is of oaky wood and toasted malt. Thick and syrupy m/f, but lightly dry as well w/ some astringency, low carb., light alcohol warmth. A bit less sweet than the last 2, but it’s not saying much. I’m not a big fan of whiskey, so this wasn’t much to my taste. A well made beer though.

3.4
b33r (881) - Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Light brown color with no head, lacing, or carbonation. Aroma is fantastic, rich malts and whiskey notes. Flavor is sweet and malty, but something was a little strange and unappealing. Just okay overall, but very expensive for a sub-par beer.

3.4
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Small bottle from By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA--Poured a murky, hazed amber-copper with a thin wispy whitish head. Nose of sticky sweet smoky malts and whiskey heat. Doughy sticky, cloying body with some fruit and wood complexities. A real sipper. Not my favorite. Lots of sugars that became harder and harder to gut as the beer warmed up.

3.4
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2009
2006 Bottle. Light copper orange-red with a very small ring of white bubbles. Oaky, pepper, some raisins, whiskey. The whiskey dominates with a slightly oxidized finish, some wood underneath.

3.4
Dedollewaitor (16393) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2011
Bottle @ Blindtasting, Odense, July 2011. Pours cloudy golden with a small off white bubbly head. Heavy peated smoked nose and flavor. Sweet and sugary/syrupy with hints of dark fruit. A bit of alcohol warmth. Heavy . .

3.4
Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle shared by BrewEngineer at Butters Slutfest 2.0, Richmond, VA, 4.23.11. 2009 vintage. Pours a hazy copper color with a thin creamy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Big smoky notes in the aroma along with some peat, fruity notes, caramel and tea. The taste is sweet caramel and fairly strong smoky notes. Comes across much like a honey barbecue sauce. A dry ashy finish. Medium-full bodied. Interesting.

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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