J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask) - J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
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Reviews by vkv822:
2.98/5 rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
on-tap @ Belmont Station.
taster glass : from notes.
Clear golden orange with a thin white head.
Wow, robust, smokey peat, scotch is essentially the only element here. After the palate adjusts to these intense flavors, a faint backing of caramel and biscuit malt is detectable.
Medium-full body, low carbonation.
I had a very hard time grading this one, the flavors where not necessarily unpleasant, but definitely unexpected and a bit over the top with the scotch. Definitely would not want more than the few ounces I had, and I could see how even that would be a bit much for some people.
Serving type: on-tap
09-02-2012 04:54:34 | More by vkv822
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4.55/5 rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | 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.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2014 02:32:34 | More by BMMillsy
3.91/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2014 03:08:16 | More by Bung
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.