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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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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 17.35%
Wants: 36
Gots: 73 | FT: 5
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dantes on 05-07-2004

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Ratings: 420 | Reviews: 251
Photo of yelterdow
4.86/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cellared for just over one year, this example was brewed in 2004 and will be served in an oversize snifter at cellar temperature.

Appearance- Pours a pale, clear caramel that displays a very light beige head... the large bubbles reducing to an awkward island wedge on one side of the glass. Many tiny, individual bubbles hug the interior, refusing to let go. This beer has a terrific, incandescent glow to it.

Smell- Absolute mastery. I love a good single malt scotch, especially Lagavulin... and this incredible drink has forced me to rethink what a barrel aged beer can do. The nose is astoundingly perfect, beginning with smoked bacon and dark fruit, then conceding to Lagavulin itself... with its hugely peaty, medicial aroma. All of these components are presented so well that if I could give the smell a 6, I would.

Taste- This beer is so much more like vintage port wine disguised as scotch... so incredibly rich and impeccably dressed. The slick, sweet entry into the mouth gives the tastebuds the royal treatment... luscious and too easy for words, the dessert-like port wine character is dreamy. Sound poetic? This is what I get here. Not a trace whatsoever of the 11.5% alcohol, although I certainly feel it throughout my body now. The finish is so smooth, with a suggestion of smoke and meat. How could this possibly be improved?

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Syrupy and, once again, smooth like a fine port. Silky, subtle carbonation at first, mellowing further to none at all. I would normally see that as a flaw... but it works tremendously in this beer. I have been sipping and savoring this amazing treat for the better part of an hour now, and realize that beer aged in whisky casks is hit-or-miss... but this must be sampled to be believed. A desert island selection for me.

Photo of OldSock
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – My first taste of one of the four 2004 barrel aged Harvest Ales. Poured from its 275 ml bottle into my snifter. The creamy off white head quickly succumbs to the alcohol and sinks into the beautiful clean amber-red beer.

Smell – Wow, the smokiness of the whiskey comes through almost giving the aroma the intensity of a good Rauchbier. The aroma from the barrel combines with the sweet caramel and hints of alcohol. A unique combination to be sure, dominated by the barrel aging.

Taste – Tastes very sweet up front with a rich smoky finish. The smokiness lingers on even after the beer is swallowed, really powerful almost oily. The whiskey barrel pretty much covers up the sublime fruitiness that the standard beer is known for. I know next to nothing about whiskey, but I read that Lagavulin is know for strong peat (definitely) and iodine (I taste it a bit ).

Mouthfeel – Nice smooth full body with low carbonation, the gold standard for barley wines.

Drinkability & Notes – Its amazing, this beer actually seems smokier than whiskey does in my experience, possibly due to the lower alcohol and carbonation. Certainly an interesting beer to give to anyone who loves scotch or if you are looking to start drinking scotch yourself, but I think in this case that the barrel aging reduced the character of this normally spectacular beer. Not sure how they can claim this has the same ABV as the standard, with this much flavor from the spirit some more booze must have made its way into the beer.

Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 vintage.

Pours amber in color with a thin white lace on top. Whiskey is very prevalent in the nose along with sweet and smokey malt. Taste is exceptionally smooth and creamy! The Lagavulin Whiskey is definately present in the taste as well as some smokiness and some honey. I am typcally not a huge fan of thick and sweet brews but J.W. Lees really knocks my socks off! Overall, this is an interesting brew that I look forward to having in the future.

Photo of nickss
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 Vintage.

Pours a beautiful orangy-tea color with a 1/8" cap of foam.

Smells more like whiskey than a barleywine.... interesting, and different, but not particularly good in my mind.

Huge whiskey taste.... this one kicks you right in the teeth. Extremely one dimensional, yet appealing at the same time (if you're a whiskey lover).

Subdued carbonation (likely significantly more subdued than when originally bottled). Moderately thick in mouthfeel... decent.

Not an easy drinker to be sure, but a nice sipper. If you don't like whiskey, don't even bother.

Photo of dherling
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a snifter, dark orange brown with little head retention. The nose is sweet with choclate and cider. The taste mimicks the nose, but becomes much sweeter than expected. It finishes with the Lagavulin notes. Smoke, salt, seaweed, fire, all the good stuff. It finishes rather cloying, making this a one and done for me, but something I would like to visit with again.

Photo of dogfooddog
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 bottling. pours with a small off-white head; nose is very sweet, syrupy, and there is a distinct hint of whisky, though the peaty aspect of lagavulin does not come through.

Taste is piercingly sweet, almost like drinking pancake syrup from the bottle. There is a faint taste of whisky underneath that, but it is so mild, probably a good thing compared to some of the other whisky-cask beers I have tried. I wonder how long the barrels had been in use at Lagavulin.

This is the first of thw special-cask Lee's harvest ales I have tried, and while it is a novelty, at this age I see nothing exceptional about this beer.

Photo of cbl2
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7/28/2005 $5.89 275 ml 11.50% No best by date. None Required.

Appearance:

Pours a murky brown, with hints of orange highlights. Moderately still with some fine carbonation, yielding only a thin film around the rim of the glass.

Aroma:

Oakier than the Calvados, with definite bacon aromas, coupled with a smoky sensation and surprisingly just a touch of whiskey.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Just as sweet, if not sweeter than the calvados, this beer has a smoked ham taste if aerated through the mouth. Viscous, with the tropical fruit flavor of the calvados & a touch of rauchbier. It's fascinating how the same beer oaked differently can take on such different and unique flavor characteristics. While Calvados was good, this one has subtler nuanced flavors, and is more enjoyable.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lagavulin cask bottling, vintage 2004. Tasted July 2006.

Pours a slightly hazy amber orange. Minimal head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is very lambic like with wild fruity aromas. Almost raspberryish.

On the palate I find the distinctive smoky/peatyness that is no doubt from the Islay malt casks, however they do not define the beer exclusively. There's a pleasant maple syrup sweetness and thickness of body that is noticed at the same time. Late palate into the finish is very malty sweet, some honey as well, with some tartness/bitterness that balances well.

For me this is a dessert beer and unfortunately it's my first pour of the evening. When the lambic mood strikes, reach for a curious alternative.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2004 Harvest Ale matured in Lagavulin Whisky Casks (tried on 7/10/06)

Presentation: 275ml bottle (9.3 fl.oz.) 11.5% Alc/Vol. Single obverse cream colored label with word Harvest in brown text and a small brown rectangle bellow which has the words ‘Ale matured in Whisky Casks’. Below that ‘Brewed in 2004 – Limited Edition’. Sealed with a black crown cap.

Appearance: Lightly hazed at first, it soon settles to reveal a dark brown oxidized coppery body with some ruddy highlights when backlit, seems to “drop bright” with some clarity after a short time. Tobacco stained yellow dirty-white head has a decent start but soon quickly fades to a thin halo. Finely dissolved conditioning.

Nose: Soft peat mix with a strange sweetness, the sort that you get from salt cured bacon and BBQ flavored baked beans in brown sugar.

Taste: Surprising at first, it didn’t have that annoying over the top ‘whisky’ trait that so many Whisky brews have. Moreover it was smoother with a creamy sweet body; the sweetness has hints of roasted honey hog, smoky malts and a tendency to have a sickly sugary ending which annoys. The Whisky seems muted.

Mouthfeel: Buttery texture, creamy tones and a smooth but very thick viscous character. Hints of alcohol in the last third. Gentle swathes of peat and smoked malts with some damp charcoal cooked wood.

Drinkability: The buttery smoky bacon aspects are not that enticing and lend a greasy feel that seems to outweigh any of the finesse that I expected from the Lagavulin Whisky. Shame.

Overall: 2004 Lagavulin Whisky – As with the other Cask aged brews I find that the sweetness of the Harvest Ale overpowers the delicate nuances of the barrel aging. Maybe a little time is needed to scale down the sweetness, like about 5 years judging by the ‘regular’ Harvest Ale. Might be worth revisiting in 2009.

Photo of nriech
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2004 bottle

Deep amber color, very syrupy looking. No head but lacing is present. Initial aromas are heavy on the scotch. A little honey also.

The first taste made me think I was drinking some kind of meade. This beer is insanely sweet, more so than the other version JW Lees makes of these beers. I was really straining to taste the Lagavulin notes. Smokey flavors were evident along with some malt. I prefered it actually at a cooler temperature, because as it warmed, it was almost like drinking smoked liquid sugar. Diabetics beware of this one. Overall I would not drink this again. I dont think that its a good representation of a barley wine, but more of a "neat" beer to experience.

Photo of mcallister
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brewed in 2004

Poured this one hard to try and accentuate the head. Very good looking sexy beer. An orangish scarlet, with garnet laced throughout when held up to light. An off white head emerged very briefly and faded to oblivion. No lacing to be found. Nice carbonation bubble rising up the side of the glass.

Wicked spicey nose. With big roasted malts. Burnt wood aromas with caramel, and mollasses edges.Smokey maple, Big alcohol aromas also. Very intriguing.

Big residual sugar. Smokey maple flavors up front with some slight vanilla extract notes and hints of caramel. Very thin mouthfeel lacking some complexity. Needs some hop component to tame the RS. Wood, and whiskey on the finish. Slight alcohol burn in the esophagus and chest.

The high amount of RS and somewhat thin mouthfeel are making this beer lack rather largely in the mouthfeel and drinkability department. Much prefer JW Lees Vintage ale but can't wait to try the others.

Photo of MarineHokie
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear reddish copper, absolutely no head.

S - Strong sweet smoky oak scotch aroma.

T - Sweet & smoky. Maple and bacon on the finish.

M - Medium-heavy body. Sticky & sweet.

D - Very interesting and definetly a sipper/apertif kind of drink. One is enough.

Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A beverage of certain extremes. A so-so barleywine taste boosted by clear scotch whiskey and wood flavoring, an interest cloudy pour. An aroma that is at the same time beer as it is whiskey. A not so satisfying drinking experience yet smooth. Not a perfect show: Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

275 ml bottle. Pours out a hazy brown color with almost no head. The aroma is caramel, raisins, and smoke. Sticky, sweet caramel flavor combined with an earthy smokiness. Oddly, a little salty. Mouthfeel is nearly flat and syrupy. Rough alcohol flavor, especially as the beer warms. There are some interesting flavors in this beer, but it is not an improvement on the original Harvest Ale. Certainly worth trying, but I doubt I would get it again, especially at the high price.

Photo of Crosling
2.94/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light copper, much lighter in color than regular Harvest. The aroma, though multi-dimensional, is pretty gentle and wimpy overall with light oak, peaty hints, saffron, cigarette ashtray, caramel and scotch hints. Engaging, but unrefined barrel contribution. Smoky and alcoholic with caramel and scotch flavors. Heavy feel with a lightly creamy texture. Not enjoyable at all and an honest drainpour for me. Harvest and Lagavulin is not a good idea.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 275 ml bottle. 2004 labled on the bottle.

Apearance- Pours practically, except for a small, almost unnoticeable ring around the beer until about halfway through drinking it. This ring gradually dissolves into nothing. Color is strikingly similiar to a generic cognac. A decent amouny of viscocity is visible when I twirl the brew around my chalice. A good deep amber with hints of copper, rust, and earthen clay.When I swirl this brew around my chalice, I can literally see the sugars, or maybe its particulate yeast sllide down the glass after the liquid.

Smell- Peat moss, yeah...definetly peat moss. A sweet peat moss none the less and lets not forget the sugared malts. A very earthy scotch aroma with lots of sugar water is very prevalent. This was very exotic and organic to my sense of smell.

Taste- I was very pleased by the new and almost exotic flavor of this beer. With the exception of a few weizen beers, this was the most truly organic and earthy tasting beers I've ever had. The damp earth, peat moss flavors dominate this beer. But lets not the syrupy sweet suagrs that mix with this beer that almost tricks your mind into thinking its drinking a mud bath. But the best and most expensive mudbath money can buy. The finish is more sctotchy and sweet mixed with a more subdued moss flavor.

Mouthfeel- Reminds of mof the syrupy put on Italian ice. A good stexture to match the sharp sweetness and damp earth flavors of this beer. Not to mention a good scotch warming effect at the finish.

When I first saw these four barley wines lined up next to each other on the shelf at Binny's, I told myself I would try these beers soon. And I of course bought one of each, the same day I bought two bottles of Scaldis Prestige at $42 a bottle!!! But I must give my praises to J.W. Lees Brewery for four very....extremely interesting and thought provoking beers. These beers raised my expectations for all barley wines, American and English. And has really opened my eyes to what can be done to develop the flavor of beer in general. Good job J.W. :)

Photo of Fugazme
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to UncleFlip for this one!

I drink beer and occasionally Scotch... and if I drink Scotch it is from Islay... Lagavulin or Laphroaig.

An attractive beer on the pour... dark, deep copper and ruby. Decent head and great stickage.

Aroma is exceptional. The smokey Scotch is present, but not overpowering... it lies under the sweet malt. Wow. Truly amazing aroma.

Mouthfeel is creamy and heavy. Huge.

Mild alcohol burn with some enourmous flavor. Malty with just a tiny, tiny touch of hop bitterness. Scotch flavor improves with the length of the drink. Lots of raisin, fig, dried fruit goodness.

Absolutely one of the best beers I've tried.

Photo of counselor
1.67/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I like scotch whiskey and I like beer; apparently I do not like scotch in my beer (or beer in my scotch). This beer was horrid. It looke good, a glistening khaki colored beer with a thin white head. It al went down hill from there. The smell was an overpowering whiskey, but not a crisp whiskey, but a muddled, milky bready smell. The flavors were overpoweringly of whiskey - the booze would not let the quality english malts to even approach the tongue. It did have a quality mouthfeel. I enjoy english bw and the full malt profile, unfortunatley, this one could not overcome the booze flavors. I have several other of this line (calvados, port, etc). Ihope they don't all stink.

Photo of isubsmith
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Orange/golden color. Minimal head and minimal head retention.

Smell: So wonderful... The smoky peaty aroma fills the nostrils. There is a malty sweetness soon after.

Taste: Oh man this is sweet. Some sweet fruity flavors. Tons of malty sweetness. Some interesting Lagavulin notes in there, but not as much as I had hoped for. The alcohol is definately present.

Mouthfeel: Waaay too syrupy. Cloying. Coats the mouth, very oily.

I really didn't care for the sweetness of this beer. I am hoping a few years in the cellar helps it out, but I will pass on another bottle anytime soon.

Photo of Billolick
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real treat to enjoy about 1/2 of a pint of this fine sipper from a "wodden pin" (mini keg) with a gravity pour at the Blind Tiger in lower NYC. Pours dark dark brown, very cloudy, no carbonation nor lacing to be found. Nose is of whisky. Notes of ripe plums and more whiskey on the palate.Also smoky notes picked up, hints of salami and soggy raisins and figs. Fine, fine brew, strong, rich flavors and quite complex and interesting. Depth of flavors is outstanding. Each sip is intriguing. Long wiskey infused finish. Outstanding.

Photo of EPseja
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my trusty Duvel tasting tulip at cellar temperature.

A - Pours a deep burnt orange-brown color without much bravado until slowly but aggressively, the bubbles start to rise up against the falling liquid in a manner remeniscent of the settling of a Guinness. The head finally reaches it's peak at a full, creamy tan inch and is composed of a tightly-knit honeycomb of tiny bubbles. As the head falls to a large-bubbled island amidst the remaining thin film, it leaves a thick ring around the edges of the glass. Lacing is thin, but then again, a thick lacing is not something you find in this style.

S - Malty, sweet and mildly tart notes dominate the nose. Also noticeable are hints of soy, caramel, a nice hit of smoked peat, and a very understated green hoppines.

T - As a lover of peaty islay malts, I was very happy to find that the first thing I tasted was a sweet, maltiness wrapped in a velvet blanket of lightly medicinal smoked peatiness. Absolutely delicious - and interesting to boot! The middle of the mouthful reveals a very light tartness (perhaps from the yeast), and a caramel candy sugariness. The finish is quite sugary sweet, mildly cloying, and only medium dry. There is a very faint hoppiness, although any residual bitterness is entirely overshadowed by the thick sweetness. Although the beer seems a bit one-sided and unbalanced, the incredible concealment of the alcohol is enough to garner kudos to outweigh that fact.

M - Thick, slick and chewy. Almost oily. Rises up to a meringue-thick consistency in the mouth atop the gentle shimmer of effervescence. Swallows with the viscosity of a mousse, and coats your throat like syrup. The sensations produced by this beer's mouthfeel are definitely more noteworthy than those of any other barleywine I've had, although the thickness is just a touch overwhelming to be better than good.

D - As an after dinner treat, or in place of a cordial, this beer is fantastic. It will appeal to almost any Scotch Whisky fan who's looking for something different. The 11.5% alcohol is so masterfully disguised that it's almost sinister. This beer is meant to be savored, not simply drunk.

Addendum: As I approach the bottom of the glass, it has become apparent that the sugary-sweetness of this beer has taken away from the taste and drinkability, as it has become cloying to the point of detriment. This beer could definitely benefit from many years of aging.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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!!!

Photo of CortexBomb
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2003 bottling consumed in Autumn of 2005. (I've had a few vintages of this over the years, but the old reviews were deleted in the great 07 purge, consider this largely representative of what they said though)

Pours out burnt, ruddy orange with almost no head, not surprising given the ABV though. The thin whisp of white that it starts out with quickly faded away to nothing. The beer has an exceptionally thick body though, which is clearly evident if one swirls it in the glass. Honestly, I don't know how much better a beer of this style and alcohol content could look.

The smell is extremely sweet and malty...there is also a distinctly oakey / sour smell from the lagavulin cask...perfection on the smell.

The taste is exceptional. It starts out sweet and malty before giving way to the oak and sour whisky aspect that was present on the nose. Brown sugar is present in abundance, as well as several dark fruits..figs, raisins, plums....the finish is a light kiss and then fades away.

The mouth on this is perfect for the style. It's very thick and this allows the beer to hit every taste bud repeatedly, a full on flavour explosion. Drinkability for a beer of this type is also very good. It's so rich that you have to sip it, but you definitely want to do so anyway. It's also a beer that I rebuy at least once or twice a year even though it's outrageously expensive, because it's just flat out fantastic.

This beer by JW Lee is really one of the best that I've ever had. The lagavulin cask aging adds a tremendous flavour to the English barley wine base and makes for an amazing drinking experience. Very highly recommended. My current favourite beer, and honestly, when it's available, I often think twice about buying a bottle of actual Lagavulin in place of 9 bottles of this stuff...it's really that good.

Photo of Sephiroth
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers, albeit the cask aged version. I have poured my bottle into a large tulip. The color is a fiery amber with a decent head. At 40 degrees, this beer has a smoky, malt whiskey aroma to it.

This has always been the best cask aged version of Harvest Ale. The flavor is of young Harvest Ale, which means ripe plums, prunes, raisins, noble hops, and the kicker, Lagavulin Whiskey. This adds a sweet, smoky flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth, with light carbonation and a moderate level of syrupy sweetness. I could easily drink more than five of these in a sitting. I will cellar some of these to go along with my regular Harvest Ales dating back to 1998.

Photo of Brian700
4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep reddish brown with minimal head.

The aroma is of whisky and sweet malt. Very amazing. Reminds me of persimmon pudding. Perfection.

The taste follows the nose and then some. It is obvious this is aged in whisky barrels. It is also malty sweet and very complex.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. Coats the mouth wonderfully.

This is a tremendous beer. I just drank my only bottle so now I'm going to have to see if someone will trade up with me for some more that I can age. I highly recommend this beer.

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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 420 ratings.