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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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)

Brewed by:
J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Dantes on 05-07-2004

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Photo of ppavlick
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tylerstravis
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenHoppy
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 vintage poured into snifter @ 45-50 degrees:

L: port wine, caramelly reddish brown with light carbonation and super thin lacing

A: pure whisky/scotch with tad bit of Smokey bbq along with dark fruit

T: Smokey buttery bbq with mild whisky notes, a tad sweet but everything covered up by smokiness. Alcohol well hidden

F: thin and creamy

O: I'm guessing 4 years is sweet spot. A bit like a barleywine yet best smoked beer I ever had. Fantastically aged, fantastically brewed.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Murky brown glass doesn't hold a head, shows a few lazy bubbles coming up the sides.

Aroma: Barrel soaked whisky, smokey, hint of grain. Not sure if I like it, but it makes an impact.

Taste: Sweet toffee base, hint of butterscotch, that supports a big leather tobacco leaf gravitas. The barrel and alcohol notes are there, but they don't burn or char, just give depth to the toffee malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Almost flat, slick texture, slight chew in the medium heavy body. Slowly drys and numbs a bit.

Overall: Ain't much to look at, but man this one is classy. It's like someone put an old English gentleman's library into a blender and mixed it with a big malty monster. I feel more civilized for having enjoyed this beer, I'll be looking for more.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucoli
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stratusjeans
3.01/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opened Sept 28, 2017 - 2006 vintage.

Given as a gift 2 months ago so I can't say how it was cared for before then.

Dark brown color slight reddish hue. No head.

Smells and tastes very strong of Lagavulin, as you'd expect, but too smokey and peaty for me. There's a little sweetness in there but not enough for balance.

This beer is 11 years old and carbonation is completely gone. Drinks more like a cocktail than a beer, but not one I like.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure how or why this beer isnt rated higher than it is because this is bottled beauty right here. Thick, heavy and boozy with the edition of the peat from the Lagavulin barrel, you can feel this one warm you all the way from your mouth to your stomach in the best way possible. Equally sweet and smokey, this might very well be the perfect winter sipper. Not the easiest beer to find but I always pick up a couple bottles when I have the opportunity.

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Photo of Premo88
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

9.3 oz. bottle poured into Jester King Snorkel snifter
(2014 vintage)

L: syrupy and relatively flat, murky bronze with some amber in it; pushes up the smallest of heads that might not even make for a full skin; keeps the thinnest of beige collars

S: boozy ... and you can tell it's Lagavulin off the pour, that peaty Scottish seawater note coming up along with the thickest wall of syrupy sweet malt; the whiskey note disappears quickly and it becomes mostly caramel, dried peach, dried apricot, fruit cake

T: similar to the nose but after the first sip, the boozy Scotch whiskey note subsides and you taste mostly caramel sweet malt, loads of it, super sweet; as it warms some of the peaty/seawater Lagavulin flavor slips in but it's faint ... the chunk of big malt sweetness is hard to budge; every now and then a smoked malt note shows up, very slight but still distinct, like a drop of rauchbier got thrown into the bottle

F: heavy, thick, slick ... it's got a slight tinge of prickly carbonation near the end of each sip that's a nice touch, but otherwise it's full on barleywine

O: possibly the sweetest beer I've tasted so far through 650-plus reviews, so sweet it's like throwing some beer into a bag of sugar then sipping it through a straw; the whiskey adds a nice warmth in the aftertaste, but the amount of malt in this thing is so formidable that it's hard to pick up much whiskey flavor

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Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of epyon396
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear light reddish color, with no head or lacing.

This smells like Maraschino cherry juice, light smoky whisky, barrel juice, toffee, and caramel.

The body on this is a bit thin, but it's just absolutely loaded with flavor. It's very sweet, and the Lagavulin is definitely present. The barrel doesn't do much to temper the sweetness, however. Despite the sweetness, it's absolutely delicious, with cherry juice, toffee, caramel, praline, sweet oak, and milk chocolate. It's like dessert in a glass.

This is kind of thin, and a little syrupy, but still feels strangely decadent.

This is an exceptional and classic barleywine. It's probably the best BA version I've had of this series.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ostpies
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Like drinking a fine, leather-bound book.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a rich amber color with a medium to small head. The aroma is heady and boozy, with plum, raisin, melon, candied pomegranate, maraschino cherries, iodine, peat smoke and peaches. The flavor is sweet and boozy, with maraschino cherry, plum, raisin, fig, date, stewed peach, and peaty scotch coming through at the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a small amount of sudsy carbonation. Overall this is an excellent beer - I love how the smoke minglew seamlessly with the sweet, dried, and stewed fruit flavors.

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3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Warren2621
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed in 2014. Wisps of smoke, hints of peat, caramel, vanilla and milk chocolate. Caramel malt profile. Medium bodied. Coats the mouth. A bit sweet, but works. Perfect beer for #nationalscotchday.

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3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mcrawford
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Treyliff
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage
Poured into a snifter

A- pours a slightly murky deep amber color with a one-finger foamy white head that reduces to leave nothing behind

S- aroma is predominately the Lagavulin barrel, with notes of smoked peat, brine, bandaids, campfire. Undertones of caramel, toffee, leather & tobacco

T- Barrel flavors up front with notes of peat smoke, salty brine & campfire ash. Mid-palate brings out the malty sweetness of the base beer with flavors of caramel & toffee, as well as some earthy tobacco. The finish gives notes of sweet sherry, along with more peat smoke

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly creamy finish

O- the combination of the Islay barrel and the base beer gives a perfect combination smoky and sweet that keeps me wanting more, an outstanding barrel to base beer combination

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
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