nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2009
ansjelaah (1748) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2012
Glass:North coast snifter.
Appearance:Clear orange pour with no head.
Flavor:Scotch, with sweet malt and residual sugar.
Palate:Medium body with no carbonation.
Overall:Didn’t care for this too much. Barrel aging, believe it or not, seems overdone (I love BA beers).
Gedronken met joes, benzai en dutchdrebus, oranje kleurig, geen schuim, whiskey en houtgeur, en smaakt heeel zoet, stroop, hazelnoten. Bijzonder. 2005. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
Common rating for all four Lees Harvest barrel variations. Fun side-by-side comparison I did with all four Lees Harvest barrel variants as well as regular base beer. Separate rating for regular version because just too different from the barrel variations.swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 3, 2013
How: Bottle 275ml, side-by-side comparison of Lees Harvest and all 4 barrel variants. All bottle aged a couple of years.
The look: Mostly clear dark amber body topped by a small beige head. All four variants had sediments. Calvados version had a little more head. Lagavulin version was a little darker.
In long: Nose has plenty of wood barrels (old wet wood sensation) and fruity esters. Taste is very rich, plenty of caramel, sweet apple pie, pastry, wood barrels, light nutty notes. All barrel variants were very sweet but less sticky-syrupy than the regular base beer. The alcohol was a bit apparent in all four barrel version while it has plenty of places to hide in the uber-thick body of the base beer. Carbonation was on the soft side in all barrel variations. All four beers proposed a very sweet attack leading to a somewhat astringent woody finish.
Calvados barrel (8-4-8-4-16 = 4.0): Somehow the most richly caramelized of the bunch. Rich maltiness more prominent but still some refreshing fruity notes. Wood barrels better integrated. Less astringent finish. My favourite of the bunch.
Lagavulin barrel (6-3-6-4-13 = 3.2): More woody and therefore a bit more astringent. More earthy/peaty, borderline smoky. Presence of phenols phenolic I didn’t get from other barrel variations and alcohol a bit more apparent than in other variations. Might be something wrong with this particular bottle but it was my least favorite bar far.
Port barrel (7-3-8-4-14 = 3.6): More of a fruity dessert character. Somewhat similar to Sherry variant but with fruity flavors less of the “refreshing” kind.
Sherry barrel (8-3-8-4-15 = 3.8): More refreshing fruity flavors (light color tropical fruits and others..) and a mild tartness. Somewhat very similar to Port version except with more refreshing fruitiness.
Bottom line: I was surprised at how similar all four barrel variants were, there are obviously some differences but less than I expected. The Lagavulin had a few off flavors but I a bottle in poor shape. Also I just couldn’t recognize the regular Lees Harvest in any of them, all four barrel variations were totally different from the regular Lees Harvest but similar to each other. A comparison between the four barrel variations is a fun thing to do but adding the base beer to this experience is useless and will just get you more drunk, like I did. Doing this side-by-side comparison was a fun scientific experiment, and my only real regret in donating my body to science is I won’t be there to see the doctor exclaims “what the fuck is that?!?” when he sees my liver.
Draft at blue monk. 2011 version. Flat orange pour. Big scotch notes in aroma and flavor. Orange and sweet maltiness. Scotch cuts into barley wine maltiness. Sweet and Scotchy. Overly sweet IMO JohnnyJ (5570) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
Draft at stone bistro. Clear golden amber pour, thin head. Very peaty malt nose. Flavor is very sugary, wood, peat, brown sugar, a bit of apple, and boozy scotch. Not very enjoyable in my opinion.
cgarvieuk (24793) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
bottle at home ... golden amber ,,, thin white lacing ... soft fruits ... big whisky nose ... soft fruits ... big big sweet whisky .. light toffe malt .. nto working for me allmyvinyl (10694) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
275ml bottle from Craig, cheers for keeping ahold of! Pours murky pale brown, no head. Aromas of whisky and wood, some sweetness. Taste is whisky and cardboard. Sweet finish. Bill Becker (1064) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JUL 12, 2015
It has a bright clear gold/copper colour with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly but not entirely.
Aboot a 50 50 mix of caramel malt and Whiskey in the smell. Dried pitted fruits make up the balance of the nose except for some light smokiness.
Very very sweet up front. Whiskey moves in and somewhat tames the sugary sweetness but not quite. Hints of pitted fruits abound but never get that obvious to my palate. I feel the light peat flavour that I also get is a plus.
Close to full bodied with light carbonation and a heap of warming after the swallow.
2012 and a goodish brew but I would be lying if I said I would buy it again. Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Pours a clear, golden orange hue with spotty head. Aromas of alcohol, hay and caramelized brown sugar with a slight spice to it.... no smokiness in the aromas. Not as peaty, in the flavor, as I like from a typical islay single malt, but it’s there....THe texture if the brew is a little sticky with a slight bitterness going down.
no wait....it’s very sticky and as it warms, as I say with all beers, the flavors unfold. Lots of honey with a little spice come through but the finish on this beer is like ..... not a good islay malt scotch, but more like a blend. I can see this as being a great dessert brew.... but other than that, I will have to let my other bottle rest for a while and rate it another day. dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy light brown, with a lot of fizz. The head was minimal, and required an agressive pour to reveal. The aroma is sweet, almost raisin, fruit. The malt is clearly the dominate aroma. This is thick, almost syrup, beer. It’s about as sweet as a syrup. The flavor is like a smoky heavy fruit syrup. As it warms, the alcohol becomes clear.
Good for what it is. But, not my cup of tea.