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

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)
BA SCORE
75.7%
Liked This Beer
3.94 w/ 519 ratings
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Dantes on 05-07-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,450
Reviews:
279
Ratings:
519
Liked:
393
Avg:
3.94/5
pDev:
16.75%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
108
Trade:
8
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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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Photo of John_Beeryman
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

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of n2185
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yancey82
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Brewed in 2013 per label; decanted into a conical pint. Pours a cloudy copper color, clearing somewhat at edge; little or no head, lacing, or legs. Nose: somewhere between a bourbon and sherry; palate: very sweet, caramel flavor with whiskey and peat notes. Sharp, full mouthfeel. Enjoyed it; not for dinner. More for an aperitif or dessert.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010 consumed on March, 2 2017.

This pours a murky brown color. There is really no head, but there's some carbonation in the glass. The nose is very rich with notes of the barrel ageing. The taste is really interesting. It starts out with, almost a smoke flavor. It then turns into a smooth flavor. It then morphs into a sight booze feeling from the barrel. I've never had it younger, or older, but I think I popped this at the right time. It is such an easy drinking beer with 7 years on it. Damn amazing!

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

275ml bottle, brewed in 2014, served in a Gordon's Highland Scotch ale thistle glass. The stamp on the bottle cap had the following: L4730 10:43

Appearance: Translucent golden amber. Initial thin white foam died back to nothing. No lacing.

Smell: Smoky, oak, metallic, a hint of alcohol and a hint of toffee.

Taste: Very nice. Buttery toffee, grapes, molasses, scotch whisky, peaty smokiness at the finish. Rich.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy - nice thickness. Tiniest bit of carbonation. Warming with that scotch whisky bite.

Overall / Drinkability: A very slow sipping beer. A nice treat that was better in taste and mouthfeel than it was in appearance and smell. This is a very good English barleywine, but I think Lagavulin, as much as I like that smoky scotch, isn't a perfect match for this. Unique and glad I tried it, but I probably won't get it again. For scotch aged ales, I think I prefer the Olah Dubh line of old ales. Now there would be a good aging for a barleywine....

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of South2NW
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waddellc2
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.61/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle

A: has a lighter, woody, red-brown color with a quickly dissipating (almost nonexistent) thin white head
S: smells of butterscotch and toffee right off with a boozy note that follows and some very subtle tones that are suggestive of smokiness (almost like charred wood)
T: sweet (okay, very sweet) but savory, with that wonderful charred wood smokiness from the nose showing up here only more present (the flavor of this beer is almost visually evocative), the butterscotch and toffee are also here and very nice but the smoky bitterness takes center stage, creating both a unique and remarkably invigorating experience
M: quite dry, but not too much so
O: this was my first experience with JW Lees and with pure English beer to be honest (I've explored a lot of beer from every major beer producing country but never really took an interest in English beer), and this is phenomenal, I don't know how available this is, I wasn't looking for it when I found it, but it did not seem to be in short supply, but get it if you can. Side note, this and uerige doppelsticke belong in a similar conversation because while they go about it different ways they both seem to be reaching for similar things

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3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of IpeeA
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Nat1975
2/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of szmnnl99
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
Beer rating: 75.7% out of 100 with 519 ratings
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