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:
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Added by Dantes on 05-07-2004

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Ratings:
513
Reviews:
277
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
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40
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108
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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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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review of 2014 Vintage poured into a pint glass
Appearance: Solid brown with minimal head
Smell: Strong oak and powerful whiskey scent
Taste: Initially sugary and fruity followed by complex array of malty flavors
Mouthfeel:: Very light carbonation
Overall: Very interesting beer overall. Certainly not a beer that you can have more than one per sitting, since the flavors do tend to overwhelm the palate.

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzeilinger
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In review is a 2010 Vintage.

A - Pours a hazy amber brown color, no carbonation, no lacing.

S - Lots of smokey charcoal, roasted brown sugar, and charred oak.

T - Very charcoal, oak, and smoke forward followed with toasted brown sugar, molasses, and whisky.

M - Thick and full body, bone dry finish, sticky on the lips.

O - Good but the charcoal and smoke is far too overpowering.

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Photo of kmos27
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of willic
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

L: Appears Anchient! Cloudy, amber, with whisks of white throughout
S: Truely smells like Lagavulin with beer malt!
T: Complex malty flavors, mildly skunk. I thought hop structure was weak
F: Chewy, low carbonation, creamy
O: I honestly expected much more. I'm glad I tried it, but I will not buy again.

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Photo of durlta
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sparty55
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A peaty, smokey whiskey treat. Not as sweet as the other barrel aged versions. Carbonation is very light. The peat and smoke are well hidden in the nose but really shine on the palate.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The J.W. Lees Harvest aged in Lagavulin Casks was interesting......not many at the table liked this one....I thought it ok.....probably would not order it again. The beer poured a nice amber with no head and no lace. The scent was earthy...other described is as plastic. The taste was very similar to the scent....had a lot of earth to it.....seemed more like scotch than whiskey. The mouthfeel was medium in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it was decent....certainly worth a try....but that is about it.

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Photo of Dogleg
2.66/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Roguer
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nutty brown brew, translucent if held up to the light, with a bare hint of beige head, quickly reduced to a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and an oily sheen atop the body.

Caramel, toffee, oak...and whisky. Lots of raw, real whisky. The aroma to the spirit is far clearer and purer than a bourbon barrel aged brew; it really smells like taking a whiff of a whisky bottle, plus the aromas of a boiling malt soup (before you add the hops).

Like the other J.W. Lees Harvest ales, this brew is sweet, nutty, and malty. However, the brown sugary sweetness is a little more restrained, as the Lagavulin doesn't add additional sweetness in the same way that port does. What it does add is a smokey, peaty, earthy tone, clearly discernible, building by mid-palate and lasting throughout.

The Scotch isn't nearly as potent and dominant as the aroma indicates, but its influence is impossible to ignore. I've had whisky connoisseur friends tell me that you can really, really tell the difference here - that Lagavulin's inimitable taste is immediately recognizable in this brew. I personally can't tell Lagavulin from Green Label, as I don't like whisky or Scotch, but I can definitely tell you that the effect in this beer is unique.

Beyond the Scotch flavors, this - like the others in this series - is a fairly straightforward, sweet, and malty EBW (fairly close to an Old Ale, really). What it lacks in real complexity, it more than makes up for by providing a sweet and decadent playground for the Lagavulin to dance in. The result is unique.

The flavor of the Scotch can be off-putting to a non-fan, so if you're not already a Scotch/whisky fan, I'd recommend going with one of the others in this series. If, however, you consider yourself a Lagavulin fan, then I'd put this on the "must try" list.

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Photo of drpimento
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is the 2012 version and it's good. The aroma was overpoweringly scotch, but way more balanced in the flavor. Carbonation was very light and while that can be expected in many BWs, I think a bit more here would have helped. More years on it? Probably mellow the scotch more, but also lose more gas, so a wash. I'd be curious to try one just to see, though. This hasn't been one of my favs of the series.

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Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mikepcarney
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattsucks
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moodyxc9
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dataylor21
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of justme
2.85/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

English barelywine is one of my favorite styles. That being said, I drink beer. I do not like whiskey. This one tastes like they didn't use empty whiskey casks when aging this. Way too whiskey for my taste. I'll stick with Lees regular Harvest from here on.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
2.97/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ryho
1.57/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Nasty. Sort of savory. So bad.

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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 513 ratings.
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