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)
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

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Ratings:
510
Reviews:
276
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
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41
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Photo of pants678
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tykechandler
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Beersnake1
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2004 vintage poured from fridge temp (and allowed to warm) into a tulip. No sound when I took the cap off, and the carbonation was non-existent when poured. The smell is dramatic, and full of dark fruits. Barrel doesn't come through on nose, but blackberries, cherries, and toffee are incredibly strong. Taste is fantastic - reminds me of a thick malt beverage. This tastes old! Sweet, dark fruits, and sweet again. Very nice experience, and would love to have another one in 10 years.

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Photo of Shawnadams330
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erik-P
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beeragent
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky, amber-orange in color with no head. Taste is big, high quality whiskey, light wood, and caramel. I like whiskey so this one is right up there with my favorites in the JW Lees barleywines that I have tried lately. Well worth a try.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.52/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer really didn't sit well with me. It has the classic look & feel of the Harvest Ale series, but it is such a sweet & decadent beer, and to me it just doesn't mix well with the heavy peat smokiness of the Lagavulin. It's too much of a styles clash to overcome. Your milage will very depending on how you feel about Lagavulin, but I'm not a fan & certainly not with how it butts heads with the softer, sweeter tones of the harvest ale

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Photo of GetTheYayo
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TBoneJones
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brewed in '13 per the label.
Pours a burnt orange. Looks decent.
Smells quite smokey and of peat. Lots of nice smoke though.
Sweet-tasting and of smoked malts, with some sugary caramel and nutty notes. On the sweeter side, yet very interesting with this refined campfire smoke. As I approach each sip, for a moment, it's almost as if I'm about to sip amaretto, and then comes the smoke with the brown sugar-like sweetness.
Feels medium and slick with low carbonation. Nice light burn at the end, although this sips dangerously easy with well-hidden alcohol.
Different type of barley wine to try, as I've never had an English version that I can recall.
I may check out their other versions.
Recommended, but you must like the sweet ones.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.69/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage.

Look: Thin white head, orange-brown body. Kind of an ugly color.

Smell: Roasted chestnuts, burnt caramel, lots of peat.

Taste: Same as above, but also dates, leather, wood, and a hint of orange. The flavor of the chestnuts is really upfront.

Feel: Sweet, low carbonation, medium-full body, warming alcohol. The finish is slightly dry.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is the 4th rendition of Lee's Harvest Ale I've Had. Three times I've Had this rendition aged in Scotch barrels. This one was from 2010. I think it was ready. And I think I've had enough for a few years.
I drink Scotch far less than when I bought this vintage. (Perhaps my buds are going through a phase.)
However, this barleywine went superb with a chocolate pecan pie infused with bourbon.
Shared three-ways, a rich dessert met its match.

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Photo of rspauldi
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Klourie
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of adamdescott
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ttime3131
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msscott1973
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tlema1
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: muddy brown, thin tan head
S: scotch whisky, and caramel sweetness
T: booze, peat, smoke, malt...great sipper
F: after taste lingers
O: 2013 vintage, expensive, but highly recommended

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Photo of BKotch
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NWHopinator
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zonker17
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in 2014, consumed 2/17/16. Disclaimer: Lagavulin is among my favorite of Scotch, and Scotch is my favorite of whisky. Pours opaque lighter brown with a touch of foam. Smells like heaven, the barrel very present along with the malts of the ale. Taste is a perfect combination of the peaty, smoky, woody characteristics of the barrel along with the sweet but not too sweet ale. Finish slightly bitter. Lightly carbonated with a full mouthfeel. Will seek more.

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Photo of CoreyC
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage
A - Beautiful golden/orange/amber color with a nice head that dissipates fairly quickly
A - Sweet with a unique aroma
T - Sweet, as smooth as it gets, with a sweet unique taste - I'm thinking of shreaded mini wheats
M - Nice, smooth
O - Very unique taste and aroma - very good

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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
3.96 out of 5 based on 510 ratings.
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