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)
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:
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Added by Dantes on 05-07-2004

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Ranking:
#6,787
Reviews:
286
Ratings:
539
pDev:
16.75%
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Photo of madelf66
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gambyt20
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DucksFan16
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

08/14/2016

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pants678
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Beersnake1
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erik-P
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beeragent
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TBoneJones
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +19%
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
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 even a couple of years back. (Perhaps my buds were going through a phase, but I obviously still appreciate barley as a base.)
Nonetheless, this barleywine brought back fine memories of smoke and warmth.
Lagavulin also went superb with a chocolate pecan pie infused with bourbon. Shared three-ways, this wonderful ale and a rich dessert met their match... better than halfway to heaven.

5/18/18 I changed my mind from waiting a few years to less than two. I opened a 2014 vintage and it also is ready. (This may be such a great ale that it is always ready... but that it is better if you have the patience to wait.) There are few ales with this rich and smoky an aroma. And I cannot even think of a lame suggestion of how to improve its Taste and the way it luxuriously sits in my mouth. OA: I have to go buy another and see if I am patient enough for it to mature from great to better.

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Photo of rspauldi
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of 3-Ball
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of adamdescott
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ttime3131
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msscott1973
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TonyLema1
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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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J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 539 ratings