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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

255 Reviews
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Reviews: 255
Hads: 447
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 22.78%
Wants: 38
Gots: 86 | FT: 7
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Dantes on 05-07-2004

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Photo of scottfrie
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. Thanks Jay!

A: Pours a murky iced-tea color with a thin bubbly collar for a head. I left a ton of yeast in the bottle.
S: A very rich and decadent beer. I get notes of butterscotch, caramel, leather, whisky barrel, raisins, cocoa powder and dark fruits. Not getting much oxidation.
T: Better than the nose. Very sweet and sugary notes of caramel and fruit syrup. Hop resin, butterscotch, toffee, leather, and milk chocolate come through nicely, with hints of earthy peat, apple cider, and honey. Finish is sticky syrupy sweet with flavors of whisky. Aftertaste lingers.
M: Very thick and syrupy mouthfeel, warming alcohol, very low carbonation and a full and heavy body.
O: A great thick little sipper. Very syrupy and smooth. Alcohol warmth is very mellow. Peat flavors are unique but easy to get used to. Pretty good all around.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

vintage 2010.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: murky light brown bodied beer that almost looks like apple cider. 1 and a half fingers of head that drops down to a thin cap. lace is thin and spotty.

Smell: Its interesting with a really busy / complex nose. Malty and even a little bit fruity. Smoke, charcoal, earthy, peat moss, and scotch / whiskey notes.

Taste: This beer has a fairely sweet malt profile. Caramel and apples upfront and mostly what I get out of the malt profile. Midpalate the barrel notes show up in the form of heavy wood and earthiness; a little bit of vanilla and even honey adding richness to this already sweet beer. Finish is all about the smoke, you start to get hints of it midpalate, but really starts to build into the finish. The smoke tastes like bacon and is a "meaty" smoke note. Lots of complexity.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with a low end of moderate carbonation. Slick and sticky and thick. Almost syrup here, but it well carbonated so it does quite get all the way there to syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall: Good beer with nice complexity, but the bottom line is...its too sweet for me(never thought I could say this about an english barleywine). I really enjoy this beer style alot, but its just a little over the top sweet.

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Photo of Holland
1.87/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: cloudy orange and brown color with no head and no lacing.

S: apple cider, earthy tones, some sweetness and peaty scotch

T: apple cider and bacon. Later on once I let it settle a bit I get some more scotch, but not much.

M: thick and uncarbonated

O: skip this, it's bad on cask at least. It would be fine if I had it with pancakes in the morning alongside an FBS since it tastes like bacon and apples. At $10 for a pour, forget this garbage.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copperish body with minimal head on top of a strong whiskey/oak aroma, with a think yeast aroma as well (and touches of honey and sugary sweetness (and black cherry?)). The yeast sediment sticks to the bottom and slowly dissolves every time I take a sip...thick, sticky, has a boozy but not medicinal taste - the sweet malts are great and this is a very sweet and sturdy beer (a great after lunch sipper). Slightly warming as I sip - real nice finish. No dry or bitterness as hops barely noticeable, but a real good sweet and malty beer to relax with.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my favorite wife for this bottle, part of a lovely Christmas box. 9.3 oz. bottle popped to end a nice Saturday evening, 2007 vintage.

Pours with massive floaties, Sediment Gone Wild! Yeasties slowly settle to the bottom of the glass in a caramel-colored brew. Smell is strong whiskey, very distinctive, not at all like the standard barrel-aged American beers. Smoky & sweet.

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagaluvin Whiskey Cask) is uniquely English. Having a problem locating the word until looking at the other reviews: peat. Yup. Burning peat bog. Sweet, sweet, almost honeyed malts. Underneath, all sorts of more subtle feelings. Caramel, slightly herbal, additional honey. Very nice. Pretty flat & heavy, but no problem taking this small bottle down.

This beer really grew on me as it warmed & I moved through it. The unusual whiskey is really nice, the complexities lovely. Really good beer that's licking the boot of excellent; looking forward to the other varietals.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle, poured into a Bruery glass, not too cold.

Deep, glowing amber color, quite attractive. Some chunkies due to not pouring carefully. The great color is not obscured by any head.

Rich aroma of caramel and nuts, with a bright fresh fruitiness like a mixture of agave, Bing cherry, and lemon peel. A welcome hint of nutty, sherrylike oxidization. Hints of soot and sea air, but less indication of peaty Scotch barrel than I was expecting. Nonetheless, really good and complex.

Tastes like big sweet malt up front, sticky toffee pudding and fresh cherries, and then the whisky barrel comes in and builds gradually. The barrel treatment certainly comes through more on the palate than on the nose, mature Scotch with industrial smoke and salty ocean air, nicely restrained and a great complement to the sweet fruity malt. Long, long finish, with the smoke building, becoming almost completely dry with only peat smoke and roasted nuts lingering at the very end, amazing after such a sweet attack. Very tasty stuff, with great balance and complexity.

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Photo of MBrausen
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage bottle poured into a CBS Sniffer.

A. Beautiful red hue, thin layer of head even with an aggressive pour. Head faded quickly to a clean as glass surface.

S. Smells of sweet fruit, cherries, sour. Very much like sherry, and nearing the smell of a sour.

T. Very sweet, light cherry, a little honey and and a tiny bit tart. Noticeable charred oak after taste along with some chocolate. Mild whiskey taste, but very well balanced. This is one of the better additions of whiskey I have ever had. After 2 years, it has clearly mellowed to an ideal balance.

M. Medium body, watery with a coarse slightly dry finish. A little chewy. Thick without being hard.

O. This is a very good barelywine to me. I think 2 years was perfect for this one. Minimal alcohol with a fair amount of barrel really make this a pleasure to drink. You do not taste the 11.5% at all. If this wasn't so spendy, I would have a fridge full of it.

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Photo of DIM
2.52/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pumped from the actual lagavulin whisky cask, pretty cool.

a: This was a ruddy dark copper color. It was served to me with a small but firm cap.

s: Strong sherry aromas with hints of caramel and ash. Where is the whiskey?

t: This tasted strongly of sherry, not whiskey. There was plenty of ash as well that wasn't all that pleasant. There was a puckering quality about this that wasn't quite sour. I found a vague sort of fruit that reminded me of port. The regular version was extremely sweet, that was all lost here.

m: Still and syrupy.

o: I had to try it, the concept is very cool. I just didn't enjoy the beer though.

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Photo of fx20736
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 9.3 oz bottle into a pint glass,served near room temp.

Bronze Orange, no head, I decanted bottle slowly, leaving maybe 11 oz in the bottle along with alot of sediment which may have reduced head somewhat.

Aroma: A much more appealing bouquet than the others. I can't identify but there is a woddy aroma, a fruitiness and something else...

mouthfeel: soft and syrupy

taste: Oaky and smoky with the Scotch coming on the tail.

Notes: The best of the JWL Cask Aged Barleywines but not very 'beer-like'. This definitely taste like Scotch but if I want Scotch, I'll drink it, not beer.

So my vertical tasting of all four of these is complete. Like the Rochefort tasting this was a bust. I am glad I did it but won't buy these again.

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Photo of KyleDS
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This exceptionally rare brew from JW was poured straight from the cask at the Belgian Cafe in Philly - one of my favorite pubs in town.

I was really excited to try this beer but was a bit dissapointed with the overall characteristics. Although i appreciate the time, craftmanship, and hardwork that when into producing this beer, it's not something that i would likely try again.

A: copper coloring, very little head

A: woody, earthy, chared wood, smokey, caramel

T: alcohol warming, woody, cramel, warm all the way down with sryup, dark fruit on the back

M: consistent of a scotch feel, with apparent warming in the mouth and throat.

O: i enjoyed tasting this beer and differentiating the characteristics, however, its not something that really caught my attention.

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Photo of Phelps
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Enjoyed at the 2011 RAREaffair. Poured into a tasting glass.

The color of iced tea, a dark orange with perfect clarity but no head. 2.5

The nose is packed with heavy smoky peat, caramel, brown sugar and molasses. Hard to get past the peat, but I'm not complaining — it's quality stuff.

The flavor is peat plus apple brandy plus sugar. The standard heavy JW Lees sweetness that usually overpowers the palate actually works well with the smoke, being tempered by it. Burnt sugar notes and some semblance of earthy hop bitterness come through, though there’s not much. Complex.

Sugary, thick medium body; prickly medium-light carbonation. Alcohol fumes come through the nose, but they’re fairly light and are hidden by the hefty sweetness.

If there's one liquor that works with the uber-sweet Harvest Ale, an islay scotch is it. Great mix of sweet and smoky.

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Photo of ficknish
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - Darker copper. No head.

S - Peat. Wood. Soil. Earthy sweetness.

T - Peat. Whiskey. Butterscotch. Cake. Molasses.

M - Medium body. Sweet finish.

O - A fine beer. The peat smells and flavors are nothing I've ever seen in a beer before. Very interesting indeed. I enjoyed the earthy sweetness and peat smokiness together. Might drink again.

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Photo of Greencoat
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage, strait from the cask.

A: murky medium brown with absolutely no head
S: huge whiskey nose with a gorgeous caramel backbone
T: brilliant oak and whiskey flavors, no hop presence. Wonderful smoke character on the finish.
M: still, sweet and warming
O: one of the most enjoyable beer experiences I've ever had. I feel privalaged.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 9.3oz brown pop top with really classy, minimalist label; 2008 vintage...was saving this, but decided to pop it after a very bad day.

Appearance: Slightly murky beer, the color of hardened amber, with a slight off-white cap...was surpised at the levels of carbonation still here, actually. Did my best to keep the floaties (of which there were a BUNCH) in the bottom of the bottle, but a few flakes made it into the beer.

Smell: Sweet candied red fruits and sweet, sugary alcohol lead the way. Then comes the barrel character, with a hit of earthy, damp smokiness. This smells like it may be a brusier. Not tons of depth, but fairly pleasant.

Taste: The initial taste is sweet, toffee/cherry, and then WHAM. Just as you think, 'hey, this is good' it hits you. Smoke. Let me repeat. Smoke...and not just 'we threw some rauch or peated malt in here'. It's intense and overpowering, and this is coming from a guy who appreciates a good single malt. Oddly, it doesn't really strike me as a peaty smoke, though I know it is...it's woody, meaty, and almost camp fire-like. I think what makes it so overpowering is that there's the smokiness is combined with the huge sweetness of this beer. It does mellow with sipping (or maybe that's just my tongue throwing in the towel) but it's just too much. Oddly enough, this reminds me forcefully of the aromas (so thick you could almost taste it) of my late grandad's wood-burning stove in the shed where he kept his antique gasoline engines. I think, honestly, the happy memories of hanging out down in the shed in the winters, shooting the shit w/my dad and gramps is the only thing that really appeals to me about this beer. Otherwise, it's just kinda over the top. Which is too bad, because I have a feeling there's a REALLY good barleywine under here...

Mouthfeel: Rich, viscous, almost sticky sweet

Overall: This one ran me about $10.00...would I do it again? Nope. Would I get a regular JW Lees after trying this? You bet!

Oh, and I bet this would make a KILLER barbecue sauce...

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle as an extra from match1112! Thank you!

A- Looks like fall in a glass. Murky orange/brown just like the leaves on the ground. No head to speak off, just a bit of caramel colored foam floating atop this brew. Little bits and chunks of floaties. It sits like still water. No lacing or oil on the glass.

S- Vanilla, sweet caramel, smokey peat moss, brown sugar, oak, and alcohol. This is friggin' fantastic! Touches of cinnamon and mulling spices. This is Fall in a glass!!!

T- Sweet, smokey wood wrapped in a vanilla marshmallow! Tons of caramel, molasses, brown sugar and toasted oak! The whiskey adds a wonderful smokey alcohol burn. Picking up some dried dark fruits... Figs, raisins, and prunes. Suchh an amazing balance of smoke, caramel and spice!

M- Creamy and oily. Really coats the tongue! The smokiness stays and never lets go, but it does leave enough room for the sweetness and spice to roam! No carbonation... like a cask ale in a bottle.

O- This is phenominal!!! It's everything I was hoping it would be! It's crazy how many things are going on in this glass! No wonder J.W. Lees is one of the top makers of Barleywine in the world... they really know how to do it! Really looking forward to trying all the variations of this brew.

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Photo of match1112
2.42/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: pours out the color of liquid caramel. no head, no lacing, just plenty of floaters.

s: alochol, smoke, caramel and bad cider.

t: smokey peat and alochol. some sweetness.

m: thick and flat.

o: truly disgusted by this beer. this must be one of those that you either love or hate with no inbetween. the longer i look at this it looks like diarrhea in a glass. smells like a pile of wet half burnt leaves. tastes horrible. not even sure at this point if i want to continue cellaring the bottle i have left. i'm gonna drain pour something i paid a dollar an ounce for after one sip. truly disgusting.

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Photo of rudzud
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at a weekly beer tasting at Julios.

A - Poured a nice copper hue with a creamy thin head that faded at the average pace for such a higher ABV barleywine.

S - Very much what it promises. There is some light malt sweetness and toffee, but there is a fair amount of scotch on this. I'm a big fan of Lagavulin whiskey and this is it. Nice and smokey with good barrel notes.

T - Nice and light malt sweetness with some more carmel and toffee notes. The big draw is the delicious Lagavulin notes. its earthy, smokey, peaty. This stuff is delicious.

M - Smooth, slightly creamy. Enough carbonation to keep it from feeling syruppy.

O - Really, really liked this beer. Love the scotch and it works really well with this style and beer. Would pay the price of this beer.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008(?), opened 2011. Label has fallen off.

Caramel brown body with plenty of suspended sediment in it. A bit of surface memory but my pour wasn't big enough to elicit a head. A couple bubbles.

The sweet nose of the vintage, but some undertones of peat from the aging.

The same caramel, honey, spice from the vintage, but a trace of smokey peat.

Slightly foamy mouthfeel.

Impressive beer still, but the barrel-aging imparts only subtle characteristics. Maybe a bit more spice. And a trace of peat.

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Photo of meatyard
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 bottling.

Pours out a clear, deep ruby with a short, khaki head that turns into a ring.

The smell is pretty strong on the whiskey and is sweet & malty. I can almost feel the alcohol warming in the aroma.

The taste is very sweet, lots of whiskey flavor (might have assumed it to tone down after 7 years) The peat flavor, which others mention, appears to be missing after aging though I get what appears to be peat long after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a scant notice of carbonation.

Overall: This may not be to my particular taste but I can still tell that it's an interesting and somewhat special beer. I'd definitely recommend it to someone wanting an intense English BW.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.77/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2010 vintage.

A: Pours a clear, chestnut brown with a small, short-lived beige head. It has no collar, no lace, no curtains -- very still.

S: Tons of whisky on the nose. The Lagavulin is strong here. I am relieved to find that the whisky contributions are smoke, peat moss, and salt/soy instead of burning tire. I'm not a scotch guy, as you might guess.

T: I couldn't detect the base beer on the nose, but its youth its evident in the flavor. It manifests as toffee, burnt sugar, caramel; I generally find J.W. Lees Harvest Ale to be cloying when fresh, and this one is no exception, even with a year of barrel-aging on it. The oxidation hasn't really taken hold. That being said, the barrel-aging has contributed the lightest touch of sherry, which closes out the finish after a rocky mid-taste of soy-saucy, peaty whisky. It actually reminds me of seaweed.

M: Like the other treatments and the base beer, this is fairly still, with medium-plus body and a lingering, sweet finish. Very smooth, on the whole.

O: I am of a mixed mind when it comes to these barrel-aging treatments. On the one hand, they're generally not appealing to me fresh. The barrel choices could be really interesting complements to aged Harvest Ale, but if you age one of these barrel-aged treatments too long, they drop off faster than the regular beer. It seems there's no way to achieve what I think this beer could be, short of aging it in kegs and then barrel-aging it, but that's ridiculous (or is it?).

Generally speaking, I skip these and go for the base beer.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

9 point something ounce bottle poured into a whiskey glass. 2009 vintage. $9.50 at Side Door Liquor Store.

Appearance - Very cloudy medium brown body. Plenty of sediment.

Smell - Like a forest fire. Very smokey. It's almost off putting, but it goes so well with the taste when you get to that.

Taste - Complex as all heck. Sweet. Sour. Barely bitter. Almost astringent. Smokey. Woody. Meaty.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. In light of the overwhelming flavor, the mouthfeel seems irrelevant.

Overall Drinkability - Possibly the most complex and flavorful beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask) | 275 ml. | 11.5% ABV | 2008 vintage

Brewer: J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
Style: English Barleywine
Glass: snifter

Really beautiful chestnut brown, with tons of sediment and no head whatsoever.

Mmm... the Lagavulin whiskey comes through so nicely: a sea-salt flecked, peat-drenched delight.

The expected toasted grains, honey and caramel Maris Otter malts, and deep woodiness are present. But the Lagavulin whiskey steals the show. The peaty, salty, smokiness pervades each sip, but really expresses itself in the aftertaste. This is probably the most distinct of the four J.W. Lees Harvest Ale variants. As with the other great concoctions, this is such an expertly crafted and complex brew, it can be enjoyed closer to room temperature without any particular flavor skewing the balance.

Slick and supple, with just the smallest amount of carbonation.

Beautifully balanced and expertly crafted. The Lagavulin whiskey is so right.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: 2008
Served: September 20, 2011

Price = $11.99 at Whole Foods

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Photo of nhindian
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

275ml bottle poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass. Bottle generously provided by thagr81us as an extra, thanks a lot Calton!

2005 vintage.

A - Pours a dark copper color, almost like a rusted pipe. It is completely still and the only notions of carbonation are the smallest of bubbles that surround the edge of the glass as it lies precariously silent. The bottle had a lot of sediment at the bottom, but a careful pour led to only a hazy appearance with no noticeable floaties. No lacing at all besides the slight cap from the bubbles, but a ton of alcohol legs. It resembles the scotch in which barrels it sat it quite well.

S - I'm really surprised as to the extent that the Lagavulin overpowers the otherwise sweet malts that J.W. Lees Harvest normally has. It is actually the first thing I notice about the nose, bringing a lot of peat smoke and then the malts come next, bringing toffee, caramel, raisins, and sugar. A bit of alcohol in the finish. As it warms, the sweetness definitely comes through stronger.

T - This is my second Islay barrel-aged beer I've had this week, the other being the Mikkeller Islay Scotch Black, and although the Black was a 17.50% behemoth of an imperial stout, I can really draw the comparisons of the barrel treatment between the styles. The peat begins the taste, lending some smokiness that helps cut down that sugary sweetness of the malts, while at the same time aiding in complexity. Additonally, there's some sea-spray salt and seaweed that gives it a unique flavor. Once these flavors dim, the malts do come through, delivering the signature raisin-bread taste of the base beer. Caramel and alcohol-soaked fruits round out the flavors.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with almost no carbonation. Feels a bit lifeless, despite the sweetness which I thought would be heavy and syrupy, so I'm torn here. It takes on the mouthfeel of whisky but in a beer.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I would probably rate this as slightly better than the 2000 vintage of the Harvest ale I had recently. The Lagavulin cask really helps to cut the sweetness while adding much more diverse flavors. This is definitely a sipper, but I enjoyed every drop of this beer. I will be seeking out the other cask versions of this beer for sure!

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9.3 oz bottle...2007 vintage. Purchased many moons ago at Blue Max in Minnesota. Started around the fire and finished around the FSU - OSU football game. Remember when Florida State was both hated and relevant? Where have you gone Peter Warrick? Ah, good times.

Pours a marmalade orange, quite still with only a thin white collar and loads and loads of suspended particulates.

Massive vanilla, green raisin, and caramel with a brown sugar icing: very dessert like.

Peat, smoke, and woody vanilla. Whiskey has really mellowed. Sardines and toffee.

Time seems to have been kind to this, though I haven't had a recent vintage for comparison. Sticky, medium bodied, and sugary.

A fine dessert beer that has mellowed into a pleasant sipper.

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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 255 ratings.