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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2005
Deep burnt orange hue with a medium, frothy, white head. Smoke, oak, toffee, caramel, alcohol...almosty a meaty quality to this one. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic flavor. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic finish. Full bodied, sticky texture, moderate carbonation, light alcohol. I just dont think an Islay whisky was the right choice here...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Bottle. 2004. Pours a light ruby pink color with a very little head that faded as quick as it came. Aroma of fine sherry, oak, caramel, old grapes, and light hints of chocolate. Flavor is very sweet and smokey. Alcohol notes are predominant, but not harsh. Very smooth. Notes of caramel in the finish. This is medium bodied, and very slick. Nice beer, good for sipping. The more I drank it, the less I liked it honestly. I found it almost undrinkable at one point and refused to drink it anymore. There is too much charred oak taste for me. Good beer, just not my thing. Reminds me of SA Triple Bock.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Has an odd aroma, kind of musty and antiseptic at the same time (it actually reminds me of the preservatives they use for pigs that you dissect in high school). Decent dark amber color with a white head. Quite sweet, but not as much as the Calvados. OK body with decent cabonation. The taste is kind of nice, but the aroma puts me off.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scania (188) - Malm, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle. 2004 vintage. Deep ruby with small head. Smoky aroma as anticipated. Flavor is very (too) sweet and smoky.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Orange Brown in color, little head. Strong, sweet whiskey qualities. Very strong alcohol. Rather thick. Not bad, but not something to drink all the time.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (3171) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2008
it has a certain frame of greatness, but the whiskey flavor takes down a notch due the fact the cask flavor are too overpowering and distracting. it good, but the flavors are too much to enjoy.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Highly enjoyable if you like Islay Scotch. Extremely peaty nose, overwhelms the beer quite signifigantly. Flinty and lightly smoky, with a flavor of caramel and spicy white pepper. Really heavy mouthfeel, with some earth woody notes, a bit of vanilla, and dark fruits.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CanIHave4Beers (4139) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 19, 2008
This one needs a few years Im afraid. The scent is fantastic with lots of smoke and sweet malt flavors. The truly remarkable thing about this beer is that it is so two faced at the front of the tongue it tastes almost exactly like the Whisky smoky peaty and a little salty, however the beer takes a remarkably sweet character. In fact the beer becomes so malty sweet that it becomes unpleasant. From everything Ive read about these Harvest ales, they loose this sweetness over the years, Ill be very excited to see that happen to my other bottle.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2009

Source:2004 bottle.
Glass:North coast snifter.
Appearance:Clear orange pour with no head.
Aroma:Scotch...thats it.
Flavor:Scotch, with sweet malt and residual sugar.
Palate:Medium body with no carbonation.
Overall:Didnt care for this too much. Barrel aging, believe it or not, seems overdone (I love BA beers).

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ansjelaah (1747) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2012
Gedronken met joes, benzai en dutchdrebus, oranje kleurig, geen schuim, whiskey en houtgeur, en smaakt heeel zoet, stroop, hazelnoten. Bijzonder. 2005.


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