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: 508   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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (2437) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Pours a murky, medium burnt orange with a thin, soapy beige head. Aroma is big on peat smoke and iodine, sweet malt, caramel, roasted nuts, campfire, earthy, spicy hops, apple skin, mineral notes and some earthy dark fruit as it warms. Flavor is huge on toasty, smoky wood, peat smoke and a little salinity up front, a little iodine, dark fruit, walnut smoke, toffee, brazil nut, leather and a hint of roast. the finish get a little weird with peat, iodine and a lingering burnt sugar sweetness as well as some earthy, planty hop notes coming through. Fantastic palate, pretty heavy, creamy, a bit sticky, chewy, lightly carbonated and finishing a little drier than the other two versions that I have tried, which really fits the flavor great. Awesome beer overall, were it not so pricey I would definitely buy a few of this and the Calavados version to keep around.


4.5
sjohnny (635) - - JUL 15, 2017
Just a huge hit of peaty scotch. A little sweetness on the back end. Cloudy light brown orange Amber with a thin quickly fading off white head. Lots of Scotch. Lots of peat. Glassy smooth. Prune. Date. Fig. Sweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
Homer321 (5070) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Bottle to snifter. Holy smokes. Such smoke. All smoke. Light rubber component to it. Light sharpie. Some alcohol noted too. Murky light brown pour. No head. Taste is all lagavulin. Chewy mouthfeel. Peppery alcohol finish with warming in the ears. Mouthfeel is fine but the lagavulin is just too overpowering.

3.8
dnstone (3408) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 3, 2017
Pours a golden-copper color with white head. Sweet malty aroma with hints of wood and whisky. Medium malt body, quite sweet with dull oak and scotch notes the complement but not overwhelm. Notes: On tap at Aces & Ales (Tenaya), Mar ’17

4.2
SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle: Poured a copper with no head. Sweet sticky nose of booze. Sweet tooth addicts unite. Very tasty but very sweet.

3.5
tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 22, 2016
draft in mini snifter, poured a cloudy orange color with no head, aroma was sweet malts and scotch barrel and slight peat. not sure if this is an old keg or not. seemed thin and watery. the flavor was just ok..i mean for a barley wine it should have certain properties and it didn’t do it for me. kind of disappointed. flavor was fine but watery like the scotch and peat mix. but overall wish I would have passed for something else.

4.7
N3lson1 (1005) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2016
Drank from a pint glass, poured from a twelve ounce bottle. Whoa! This beer sitting at 11.5% is amazingly smooth, complex, and malty!

4.6
b0071d (14) - Iowa, USA - SEP 3, 2016
Sweet whisky aroma. Dark amber (brown/red) color. Wonderful sweet barleywine flavor with a smokey finish. Something to save for a special occasion.

3.9
glennmastrange (2868) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2016
Bottle, 2004. Heavy malt aromas of roasted, caramel and nutty, light cooked orange and perfume for the hops, moderate leather for the yeast, with tobacco, sherry, prune, and fruitcake in the background. Head is nonexistent, and the color is a very dark burgundy/brown. Flavor starts heavily sweet, then finishes heavily sweet and faintly bitter. Palate is medium to full, syrupy, with no carbonation. A super sweet and savory Barley Wine to be sipped slowly for sure.

3.5
VsXsV (4438) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle. Deep hazy amber liquid with minimal off-white head. Aroma of peat, raw sugar, toffee, raisins and dried fruit. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of peat, smoke, raw sugar and light licorice. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Too much barrel character.

3.9
wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 9, 2016
2012 Vintage
Tasted on 6/8/16 from a capped 330mL bottle sent as an extra in a trade. Pours muddy dark orange with a thin beige head that quickly disappears to nothing more than a thin collar of lace. The nose is the perfect marriage of smokey Islay scotch and sweet maple malt, along with some light earth and tons of honey and heather. The flavor is the same meld of smokey Islay scotch, tons of caramel and maple malt, with light earth, honey and the very interesting addition of a charred note. The body is full and almost syrupy with light carbonation and a long smokey, honeyed, and somewhat bitter charred finish.


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