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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

413 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 17.35%
Wants: 36
Gots: 71 | 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: rhoadsrage on 08-01-2005

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pencible
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
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 +14%
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.

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1.75/5  rDev -55.4%
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.

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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 413 ratings.