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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

406 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 32
Gots: 69 | 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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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
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Andonato, Jan 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

JRod1969, Jan 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Sparky44, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

jds16, Dec 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

tbeq00, Dec 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

jaydoc, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

fsck, Nov 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Snowdog, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewed 2011.

Beer is a dark orange with a small off-white head. Head fades quickly, leaving some bubbles.

The Lagavulin comes through strongly. Peat and some smoke. Accompanying that is caramel and green apple.

Taste is like the nose. Peat, whisky, caramel, green apple. While I am a fan of Lagavulin and Islay malts generally, the peat is too strong for the beer. Quite sweet, with a bit of a honey flavour.

Full bodied, moderate to low carbonation, sticky sweet.

Overall, pretty good, but the Lagavulin is overpowering and the beer is too sweet. Not the best treatment of the Harvest Ale.

jrenihan, Nov 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Hallertau, Nov 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

GRG1313, Nov 12, 2013
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2.29/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

2008 Bottle cracked on 11/09/13 served into a snifter.

Maybe I'm not that into English Barleywines but King Henry is one of my favorite beers, probably not a true English BW. Anyways this beer had a real boozie sweet smell to it and tasted the same. Heavy smokiness, cinnamon, funky spices, caramel, kind of an unpleasant tart taste to it. Overall It tasted like a funky, sweet, syrupy mess. Maybe fresh it tastes a lot better.

BullBearHawk, Nov 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

mcann2pu, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of TheBeerTraveler
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

2008 brew

A: caramel, bubbly, tons of sediment!

S: Smokey, peaty, RonSwansonish, You can smell more alcohol than you taste.

T: Figs, retains the peaty flavor of the lagavulin

M: Syrupy, sweet, sticks to your lips

O: Was not very impressed - I think the sediment and the thick syrupy texture ruined it for me.

TheBeerTraveler, Oct 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

RMoeNay, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

alelover, Sep 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

kyle86, Sep 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Denoas, Sep 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

DmanGTR, Sep 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

beernads, Aug 22, 2013
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.