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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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very good

402 Ratings
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 32
Gots: 67 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

randylangford, Jun 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

rab53, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Sludgeman
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

$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

Sludgeman, May 27, 2014
Photo of Theseanlewis
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
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

Theseanlewis, May 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

psoriasaurus, May 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

psumjl269, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Belittle, Apr 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

OregonGrown7, Apr 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Herky21, Apr 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

D-18V, Apr 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

TheSleepyMonkey, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

LumpkinBrews, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of BMMillsy
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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.

BMMillsy, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

kushlash23, Mar 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

afsdan, Mar 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

polishkaz, Mar 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Conceptuallogic, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Hoppy_McMalt, Mar 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

davidwhatshisnam, Feb 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

mrfrancis, Feb 19, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

ucsbmullet, Feb 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

22Blue, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Bung
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Bung, Jan 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

ChicagoNick, Jan 13, 2014
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.