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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask) - J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd

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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

421 Ratings
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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 17.3%
Wants: 37
Gots: 73 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dantes on 05-07-2004

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Ratings: 421 | Reviews: 251
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2011.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of peat, adhesive bandage, Scotch whisky, wood, alcohol, and slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet caramel, earth, peat, smoke, Scotch whisky, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice Scotch whisky barrel aged presence that is slightly better in the taste to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Pencible
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque dark copper with almost no head.
S: It smelled like rich honey wheat bread, with some smoke and iodine and salty butterscotch.
T: It tasted like charred oak and iodine, with some sweet honey wheat bread and pungent salty peat. It had a strong, lasting, smoky aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with a bit of carbonation. Nice oily body.
D: This was quite the barrel aged beer, with obvious Lagavulin character in the scent and taste, nicely balanced by the sweetness of the barleywine. The finish was a little rough, so it must be sipped. Age would probably only help. This was a great brew.

Photo of ajz132
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 Edition. 275 mL bottle poured into a 200 mL Mikkeller tasting wine glass.

A - This beer is not pretty. Medium-brown/copper in color and quite hazy and murky. Beer has minimal carbonation and pours with essentially no head.

N - As expected, smoky peat is one of the first aromas that you pick up on this one, but it is not overpowering. The other scents are a delightful blend of sweet, dried fruits - raisins and figs along with sweet caramel.

T - The taste on this beer is very comparable to the smell. You are immediately hit with the pronounced sweetness of the dried fruits mentioned above, but it is not cloying. The phenolic smoke of the Lagavulin barrel comes through in the middle and you are left with a wonderful lingering smoke flavor; quite comparable to that left when drinking an Islay scotch, although much more subtle. For an 11.5% beer, the alcohol content of the beer is masked quite well.

M - The beer does not have a tremendous amount of carbonation and because of the sweetness starts out with a bit of sticky thickness, but this dissipates as you get the flavors of the barrel. You do pick up a bit of light alcoholic heat from the barrel, but it is by no means uncomfortable and quickly fades away. The malts are not overpowering or heavy which can often be the case in other strong ales.

O - This beer is an excellent one to have as dessert or a nightcap. It certainly has its place and is not going to be for everyone. I personally am a huge fan of Islay scotches so I find the beer quite good. It is well-balanced, easy to sip, and takes on just enough of the barrel characteristic to make it a beer that I will keep in my repertoire of occasional elite treats.

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
1.75/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Very dry and unpleasant - second bad experience after trying the sherry cask version. Bottles were both a few years old - possibly past their best - both ended their lives down the sink.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

(poured into a balloon)

A: russet-colored liquid, extremely hazy... some head starts to form on the pour, but all but disappears in short time... not so much as a collar left

S: light-moderate smoke from the barrel... dark, chewy caramel... oxidized, somewhat port or sherry aroma - close to it... the combo of the smoke and the caramel create a barbeque wood coal scent... underlying, but truly dominant foundation of ripe and dried fruit, including fresh fig, maybe date... only a fine hint of ester-drenched booze... overall, explosive aromas

T: the smokiness starts off more phenolic-like then quickly opens up a bit, displaying tones of ash against grain alcohol... the bold fruit aromas carrying over onto the palate are complimented and balanced with the introduction of roasted nut (almond? hazelnut?), tobacco, and delicate herbal flavors, adding some color and depth to the overall taste... the alcohol is quite well tempered by the full, rich malt foundation and/or studious brewing practices

M: approaches a syrupy viscosity on the intake, but the body seems enveloped in an aura of mellow spirits... only a (relatively) delicate, concentrated slow flare of boozy warmth... ultimately fantastic attenuation and dryness

O: this was one of the most fantastic ales in memory when I first had it in Oct 2012 - had it on tap then at the bar in which I worked... the product from this bottle, for whatever of a variety of possible reasons, is showing signs of falling apart - the fresh intensity of its original flavors dying off or in transition... still, for fans of the Harvest Ale and Islay whiskey, this is a dream of a brew

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3.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Beer 400! Let's do this.

Found this in Raleigh last year at Tasty Beverage Co (still some on the shelf!) And have been sitting on it for almost a year. Wanted to wait until the 10 year mark, but gave in.

The bottle opened with a barely audible hiss. Even though I poured wih caution, I still got tons of sediment. There was no head whatsoever. Looks like dark whiskey in the low lighting of the house.

The smell is (obviously) super sweet for a big barleywine like this. Underneath the sweet you get some smoke, earthy, and woody notes.

Taste and texture? Syrupy in mouthfeel, with a heavy consistency. The taste is similar to light maple syrup, medicinal peat tones in the aftertaste. I've had several whiskies, but not Lagavulin, so I can't say if I get any of the Lagavulin characteristics.

Have to say that I was cautiously optimistic about this one, but ultimately was let down.

Final verdict: novel idea that doesn't work well in this older vintage. The company website says that some bottles have gone for $60, but I'm not seeing it at this point. May have to try some of the other vintages and varieties to get a better representation of Harvest Ale.

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4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Jan 6, 2015 - Had a 2011, seemed a bit sweet this time. Could it be the age. No change in score at this time.
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EDIT - I believe this was a 2009 (but not sure)
$10.99 at Arrow Wine. Poured into a chalice. Batch L2413 11:51

A one of a kind beer. Unique in the 900+ beers I have rated on BA. I am not a single malt fan, but I LOVE this beer. Definitely a sipper, but one I could have often. A beer that is greater than the sum of its individual characteristics. 5

A – Pours a cloudy rusty brown with a small off-white head that dissipates immediately. 4.25

S – A very distinctive whiskey aroma. Beautiful! A bit of a syrupy aroma as well. Medicinal in a good way. Smokey, molasses, oak. 4.75

T – A malty barleywine with smoke and oak. 4.75

MF –A smooth medium-bodied ale with a semi-dry finish. Warming in the belly. Low carbonation. 4.75

Photo of Theseanlewis
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2007 bottling
A- deep copper witho head to speak of, a small amount sediment
A- the slightest peatiness gives way to dates and raisins, slowly evolving to leather, with a slight woody finish
T-very sweet caramel up front, followed by the leather/ wood taste, followed by a bit of green apple. The alchohal comes finishes the sip drying out the mouth slightly.
M- viscous, creamy and sweet. Once again the finish is dry, leaving a mild stickiness at the back of the throat.
O- remarkably drinkable for its age, the slight hint of green apple and lack of smokiness make this beer slightly less enjoyable than expected but it has held up and still has a bouquet of aromas and flavors

Photo of BMMillsy
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottle from a trip to Hoboken. Shared with beastmaster. Pours orange, mostly clear, with pretty much no head. Aroma is big peaty scotch smells, a bit of the signature nutty JW Lees in the backdrop. But really big smokey peat. Flavor is massive smokey peat, leather, tobacco, very light dry nuts, more peat, a hint of sweet caramel to balance. Whoah. This is like scotch, but without any of the booze burn. Very mellow. Medium plus mouthfeel with more carbonation than I got from the other BA versions of this. This might be my favorite variant, and it is bordering on incredible.

Photo of Bung
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

9.3 oz. 2011. Thick orangey pour, no sediment really, just translucent. Just a few bubbles around the top and edge after a very careful pour. What little was there did last a while.

Aroma, Very peaty and woody. It is pungent. Smoke, toffee, malt are lesser present.

Taste, Smoked peat and cask are present up front, not as strong as the aroma. Still pretty strong though. Sweeter malt, toffee and melted brown sugar are stronger here. Finishes with some fig and toasted bitterness, more smoke.

Just over medium bodied, but coats like a heavier brew. A good stickiness to it. No alcohol present as always with the Harvest ales.

I like smoked beers, so this worked for me. It nearly overcomes the excellent base brew beneath.

Not for the faint of heart. Kind of a smoked English Barley-wine. Very unique and worth trying, just be aware and ready for it.

Photo of jrenihan
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewed 2011.

Beer is a dark orange with a small off-white head. Head fades quickly, leaving some bubbles.

The Lagavulin comes through strongly. Peat and some smoke. Accompanying that is caramel and green apple.

Taste is like the nose. Peat, whisky, caramel, green apple. While I am a fan of Lagavulin and Islay malts generally, the peat is too strong for the beer. Quite sweet, with a bit of a honey flavour.

Full bodied, moderate to low carbonation, sticky sweet.

Overall, pretty good, but the Lagavulin is overpowering and the beer is too sweet. Not the best treatment of the Harvest Ale.

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2.29/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

2008 Bottle cracked on 11/09/13 served into a snifter.

Maybe I'm not that into English Barleywines but King Henry is one of my favorite beers, probably not a true English BW. Anyways this beer had a real boozie sweet smell to it and tasted the same. Heavy smokiness, cinnamon, funky spices, caramel, kind of an unpleasant tart taste to it. Overall It tasted like a funky, sweet, syrupy mess. Maybe fresh it tastes a lot better.

Photo of TheBeerTraveler
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

2008 brew

A: caramel, bubbly, tons of sediment!

S: Smokey, peaty, RonSwansonish, You can smell more alcohol than you taste.

T: Figs, retains the peaty flavor of the lagavulin

M: Syrupy, sweet, sticks to your lips

O: Was not very impressed - I think the sediment and the thick syrupy texture ruined it for me.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After my experience with this beer, the low reviews are shocking. It makes me curious as to whether some reviewers appreciate the difference between an English barleywine and an American barleywine. That said, I loved this beer.

Poured into a mini-snifter, the beer was a copper color with a modest slight white head. At the front, the aroma was a mild whiskey aroma. While the aroma was enjoyable, it would not make be want to buy the beer again by itself. In the initial taste, one gets sweet malts, nuttiness, amaretto, and a mild sourness. Even with an 11.5%ABV, this beer's alcohol does not leave an abrasive alcohol burn. The thick mouthfeel becomes more apparent in the aftertaste as the aftertaste lingers. I might define the aftertaste as a syrupy sweet alcohol that is masked well enough to be like a girly drink. This is an outstanding barrel aged barleywine.

Photo of tbdkev
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with tons of sediment. The aroma is nice; hints of vanilla, caramel, oak, and toffee are abound. The taste follows well with a sweet blend of all the aforementioned notes, plus a slight whisky burn and an indescribably smooth finish. The lack of burn really masks the alcohol content (11.5%); this one really has the potential to sneak up and dropkick a lot of people. All in all, a very, very good brew.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottling

A: into a snifter, orange amber with a touch of haze; only a slight off-white collar even after a center-pour

S: Lagavulin Scotch - peat and smoke; rich beer malt sugars, like toffee and caramel

T: sinuous blend of top-tier single malt Scotch flavors and sweet malts - aforementioned smoke, peat, toffee, and caramel, delicate malt flavors and whisky-soaked wood

M: slick, thin, light - but a caress over the palate; sweet stick to the roof of the mouth, airy wood and whisky vapors in the mouth

O: not as acclaimed as their sherry cask edition, but I'm more of a Scotch man, so this was an absolute delight. A very thin, graceful, and flavorful barleywine - transcends the boundaries between the beer and spirit worlds.

2007 bottling

A: into a snifter, dirty brown beer with lots of chunky sediment - Heady topper's got nothing on this beer - small, brief head - unfortunately, I've gotta say, that much sediment isn't quite what I'm looking for

S: sugary-sweet caramel and candy apple have grown larger than the peat and smoke I enjoyed in the 2011 bottling

T: again, the Scotch flavors have largely subsided, and I'm drinking something that reminds me of caramel apples

M: smooth, slick, no bitterness, candy aftertaste, light/thin

O: had to downgrade some scores, as this did not age as well as I'd hoped - losing the Lagavulin peat and smoke did not improve the taste of the beer, which I found to be far too sugary for my liking, and the appearance of so much sediment was due in part to my pour, but still detracted from the drinking experience I was hoping for.

Photo of breakingbland
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 9.3 fl. oz. bottle (marked "L2413 11:54") into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured with no head and only a broken ring of foam. The color was a very cloudy gold.

Aroma: Very much bourbon-forward which evident even before bringing the glass to the nose. The bourbon aroma bordered on harsh. No malt or hops were easily evident.

Taste: Mostly smoky with a honey-like sweetness. There was a slight scotch flavor component. The hops bitterness was very slight.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a full body -- almost syrupy. There is a light, fine carbonation.

Overall: I knew nothing about this beer prior to this tasting, and the smoky, scotch flavors were a surprise -- but a good surprise. The smoke is quite dominant. I enjoyed this beer and think it would best stand alone rather than pairing with any food, although it would be interesting to try it with BBQed pork. I will look for it again.

Photo of Offa
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a strong, but excellent barleywine, a bit sweet and potent to be anything other than a slow sipping beer, but with an interesting and complex character.

Hazy pale amber, it has no real head and only a thin ring.

Aroma is smoky peaty and raisiny grain, old dough, sour vinegary fruits.

Taste is very sweet, a bit spicy, smoky, with dry toast and bread finish, then a whiskyish bitter-spicy aftertaste. It's engaging.

Photo of superspak
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

275 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2005 vintage. Pours very hazy and cloudy reddish copper color with no head and some minimal lacing bubbles sticking to the side. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, prune, fig, toast, toffee, molasses, oak, whiskey, vanilla, peat, light smoke, and dark earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt notes with barrel character. Taste of big caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, raisin, fig, prune, vanilla, oak, whiskey, peat, light smoke, and dark earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, dark fruits, vanilla, oak, whiskey, light smoke, and earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of malt notes with dark fruits; with a fair amount of barrel character that isn’t overwhelming; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and fairly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English barleywine. All around nice balance and complexity of malt and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on slowly. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of MadScientist
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 2008 that's been in my cellar for most of those year.

A: A light copper colored beer with a light haze. The thin head is off-white; it never goes away but dissipates to a thin ring of bubbles around the glass.

S: The aroma is peat smoke, whiskey and cherries over a rich malt background. There is a bit of a chew-able vitamin smell to malt sweetness and moderately-light fruitiness but not in a bad way. And a soft alcohol sweetness that is slightly floral.

T: There honey sweetness, lots of cloying honey sweetness of a pile of sugar. The alcohol and moderate whiskey is all that's left to check the malt sweetness but both fall well short. A light hops bitterness and no hops flavor. The moderately-light oak flavor is there but you kind of overlook it with the smokey whiskey note. The balance is very sweet and the finish is sweet.

M: Moderately full bodied with a pretty low level of carbonation.

O: The Harvest Ale always tends to be fairly sweet but this is a bit much. One of sweetest beers I've had and kind of hard to finish without someone to help. A cigar would be fine compliment to this beer though.

Photo of matttttYCE
3.04/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

2010 bottle.

Light tan creamy head, not very high, light lacing and retention. Muddy dark amber color with noticeable sediment floaties. The aroma is very thick with charred wood, peat, sctoch, smoke, leather, a mixture of brown sugar, dark fruits, and malts - all burnt. Behind that are extremely rich/sweet notes, deep caramel and molasses, toffee, vinous/grape notes, and tobacco. The taste is much like the nose. Big peat, scotch, smoke, leather, toffee, heavily burnt brown sugar caramel and malts, vinous and dark fruit notes. Strong. Mouthfeel is super heavy. Consistency is viscous, carbonation is light, body is heavy, and the finish is lingering, almost sticky.

Overall, I'm not really digging this. It's strong but not necessarily offensive on the nose, and nearing harsh in the taste, and not just because of the alcohol content. Quite a different take on english barleywines for sure but just not for me.

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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage.

A- pours into a snifter a hazed reddish amber with a liquory shimmer. There's almost no head except for a thin ring of foam and some swirls on the surface. Sparse bubbles rise and since I can smell it already, I'm prepared to treat this one like scotch.

S- the nose isn't overwhelingly peaty, not yet at least but I'm sure it will open up as it warms. At this temperature, mineral water and definite salty seaweed aromas blend with the touch of smoke and bold sweet wood. There's also a heavy amount of malt sweetness, very fruity in character with notes of apple, pear, and cherry. After letting it sit for a while, the smoke begins to rise. Thought not as smoky as the mighty Lagavulin 16 which I'm assuming previously occupied the barrel.

T- enourmously sweet and warm. There's plenty of smoke flavor but it doesn't come through in the same manner as it does in the scotch itself. Here it's more astringent, woodsy, and quite frankly tastes like leftover smoke. I don't wanna use the word "stale" but it is, and that's ok, because that's what's gonna happen when the barrel absorbs the smoke flavor from the whisky and spits it back out into the beer. The sweetness is akin to some sort of smoked-over brandied caramel vanilla dessert with seemingly no hop presence to balance it out. Oak and earth flavors erupt as the smoke and sweetness slowly fade and the finish is a beautiful mingling of grain, charred oak, and loads of tannins. Alcohol flavor is rather prominent and there's a touch of bitterness to the smoke.

MF- very tannic and absurdly dry, this one has the mouth numbing smoky feel of Lagavulin with the voluptuous body of Laphroaig. Carbonation is seriously toned down and only felt as some zip on the center of the tongue and in the throat. Although the sweetness in the taste stops just short of cloying, the malt sugars wreck shop on the palate and along with the high level of tannins and smoky astringency, my mouth doesn't even know what's going on. It's a very complex feel but not exactly awesome.

D- if I could make three wishes for this beer, they would be more peat, more seaweed, more "fresh" smoke. The oceanic pungency that I love about Islay scotch is all but lost in the malt sweetness. The scotches themselves are plenty sweet, but still retain a balance. This one sadly does not. This is a great beer and very monsterous and a must try for anyone that loves this type of scotch, but be aware that the taste is of smoked wood, not smoked barley. Like you over-smoked your BBQ by adding too much oak. I'm glad I found this bottle but I don't think I'll ever buy another one.

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4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

$12.00 for 275mL bottle, served in a mini snifter
Brewed in 2009, Sampled 10JAN13

[A] Pours with almost no head at all - just a few stranded bubbles that are reluctant to form a collar and quick to disappear. Light tan in color with a very thick, still, chestnut brown body underneath. Wonderful clarity, impressive depth, minimal sediment, no lacing.

[S] Peat and sharp wood overtones with outgoing alcohol. Complexity is minimal as a result.

[T] Peaty whiskey flavor turns into a sweet, dry smoke with a touch of meatiness. Sweet dried fruit (apple/pear) and buttery caramel subtleties are discernible in the back end of the palate.

[M] Huge mouthfeel. Thick and tongue coating. Very full body, lightly cloying with lots of residual sweetness bringing it all together.

[O] Normally I find that I rate the aroma and flavor in most beers about the same. For some reason, the nose on this one didn't do it for me - but the flavor sure did. Very nice beer...better than the BA average in my opinion.

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3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

275 mL bottle poured into a Courage snifter. 2009 bottle.

Appearance - Deep red brown body. Doesn't seem to have the chunkiness of other versions. Maybe the nastycake at the bottom is well compacted. I don't get much sediment until the very end. Slight semblance of a head for a moment.

Smell - Peaty smokey scotch aroma. Sweet caramel. Subdued raisin character, but it still has that distinctive dark fruit aroma.

Taste - Barrel is less intense here. Scotch blends throughout the flavor with a smokey whiskey flavor. Cuts the sweetness nicely, allowing the caramel to produce a better flavor. Also cuts some of the complexity, though. Raisin flavor comes back in the very end and sweetness lingers.

Mouthfeel - Still thick and syrupy. Low carbonation. Slick with a slight smokey bitterness.

Overall - Enjoyable variation. Better than some of the others. I don't always love a scotch barrel on a beer, but the intensity of the whiskey flavor tends to subdue the sweetness of the base beer.

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4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage, 275mL bottle, poured into a snifter

appears a muddy opaque medium brown color, not really any head. yeast floaties. huge wonderful aroma of raisins, fig, burnt sugar, wood. similar notes in the taste. very complex, yet smooth. no alcohol heat. medium body, but it's viscous and coats the mouth. low carbonation, fits the beer.

overall - great, but I think I prefer the regular version.

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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.