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

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

369 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 17.81%


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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Trilogy31

California

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is probably the worst part of this beer, a muddied redwood brown with a thin wisp of head - no lacing and very little carbonation, almost still. The nose is bright with churned oaky butter, rich toffee and caramel bread pudding, plum qlong with a complex melange of salt, sea and iodine kicking off at the very end. The taste is just the opposite - with the whisky front and center - i could honestly guess this was aged in a lagavulin cask (or ardbeg) classic hallmarks of lagavulin, grainy, red fruit, tons of smoke and peat - and for me very medicinal i get iodine more than anything, but to me thats exactly how lagavulin tastes. The beers finishes very smooth and not overly sweet, a nice touch of slightly sour acidity and oaky tannins pull through the heavy amount of malts. I really, really liked this beer and im not a huge scotch guy much less islays, but it works here. 2010 vintage.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 03:37:54 | More by Trilogy31
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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 369 ratings.