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: 507   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2013
On tap at blue monk. Pours a hazy orange with little to no head. Smells heavy on peat,berries, fruit. A little sour? Tastes smooth. Sweet, smokey peaty, sweet. Very sweet. Interesting idea. I love lagavulin, but it should probably stay away from beer. Beef jerky beer. Good idea, poor execution

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 9, 2013
Draft @ Oakquinox 2013. Hazy orange pour with a white head. Extremely scotch forward. Very heavy on the peat and smoke. Some wood, sweet brown sugar, bread, and hints of fruit. Lots of apple, as well. Theres a strong peat flavor to the beer, too. Scotch, oak, apple, and lots of sugar. Smoke, a bit of bread and toast, and a nearly cloying finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
adamah (214) - California, USA - JUN 16, 2013
This beer is done really well but not my style at all. Super peaty and smokey, the scotch takes over. The taste is also way to sweet at the end

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ordybill (1707) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Poured from a 9.3 OZ bottle into a snifter. Aroma- Strong aroma of whiskey and some smokey malt Appearance- A strong brown colored brew with a lot of sediment Taste- pretty good whiskey flavor mixed with the smoke, pretty unique experience for me up to now. Palate- full bodied with a sticky texture Overall- First whiskey brew, not bad but I think this style will have to grown on me as I experience more of it.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Strong sweet alcohol aroma. Light brown body full of carbonation. Taste is dominated by sweetness. Body is syrupy and carbonated with alcohol burn on the way down. Way too sweet for my tastes, got difficult to finish. Overall, a dissapointment, especially considering the 7 dollar price and it isnt even a 12 oz bottle.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (18237) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottle, St Albans Beer Festival 2005. The last of the 4 offerings from Duff for the festival. Sherry flavours with smokey, whiskey sweetness. Goodish sweet whiskey style barley wine

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
Bottle. Very sweet aroma/flavour. Theres a fair bit going on here, but silks right, it does come across as a bit stale and sticky. Fairly straight forward sticky raisin, and smoky malt characters. Hints of sweaty socks, rubber and even some garbage juice in the finish. I actually prefer the regulat Harvest Ale to this one, which is a surprise, coz im partial to a bit of Lagavulin every now and then. This was dissapointing.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TAR (2732) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Bronzed peach. Retentive collar of foam takes shape as tiny bubbles struggle to find the surface. Heavily aromatic notes of peat smoke, honey, black pepper, and fresh cut wood. Slightly crunchy bubbles gently scrub the palate. Syrupy consistency. Lagavulin immediately inundates the palate with a peat-smoke blanket and tangy medicinal twinge. Vivid woodiness briefly underlines the fat malt structure, though the malt definition slowly succumbs to the heightening sweetness. Alcohol shows no off flavors, admittedly, and does offer a glimpse of brightness. But its all downhill from there, as the cloying sweetness eventually overrides everything. Finishes smoky and salty with peat, but mostly mushy and under-attenuated with an unrelenting blast of melted rubber and medicine. How can something with such a promising nose be so offensive in all other aspects? Three ounces of this was too much.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Almost no head, opaque amber pour. Aroma of sweet whiskey. Very light carbonation. Tastes much like a tawney port. Just not all that enjoyable to me.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
ganache (5773) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Bottle. Lots of earthy malt and scotch, chocolate, peaty smoke, and wood in the nose. Some peary sweetness and alcohol. Dark amber body with a quick light brown head. Cloying sticky smoked malt, full body but way too syrupy. And far too medicinal a sipper. Aftertaste is dry and smoky, clearly the best part of this experience, but the uncontrollable cloy is right up there with some of DHFs sweetest seasonals.


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