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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

387 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 29
Gots: 62 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 08-01-2005)
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm oh-so terribly fond of the J.W. Lee's Harvest Ale, so let's be a good sport, and give this Lagavulin Whisky Cask-aged version a try.

Appearance: A color reminiscent of sweet, gooey, delicious honey. From very talented, very wonderful bees. A tight, compacted khaki-colored head, with minimal head retention - but that's to be expected. Slight carbonation, with fat, lazy bubbles working their way to the surface.

Aroma: Holy moly! What a HONEY pot aroma with some sweet malt and butter smells around the edges. There's a very slight smokey peat smell to it, but only very slight (far less than I would have imagined).

Taste: Wonderful. A good bit of fruit in the flavor, mainly apricots and honey-soaked raisins. Plenty of chewy malt. The Lagavulin adds in a layer of smokiness to the brew's benefit and makes for a delightful twist on the classic Harvest Ale. A long finish, a graceful finish, and one to simply sit down and cherish.

Mouthfeel: Think, warm and always creamy on the tongue, like so much honey. The alcohol is warming, but not overly noticeable for 11.5%.

Drinkability: A beer you can really drink yourself into a stupor with and smile all the while. True, this one's a sipper, but I am guilty of taking whole mouthfuls just to really sink my teeth into it. A great barleywine experience!

Thankfully, I purchased more than just a single bottle of this offering, and look forward to enjoying these down the road with a little age on it. I'll be sure to try Port, Sherry, and Calvados versio-- OWW!! I just got bit by a BEE!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 06:46:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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.

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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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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.