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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
90 94 86 2 14 6
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask) by J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
English Barleywine
11.50 % ABV

Review by everetends on 07/08/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 5 8 2008
Found these notes when I was going through a folder on my desk. Forgot to upload this one. Had this a month or so ago at the Brick Store Pub with one of my buddies on their Vintage Night. The well ran dry pretty early there, so we started ordering off their vintage bottle list. This puppy was 15 buck and was served up with a nice but awkward tulip.

A: This has a honey orange kinda look to it. Pours thick and viscous looking. This one seems a little brighter than the Calvados offering. Somewhat clear in the body, has a very slow to nonexistant carbonation moving around in there. Pour got a very thin, light tan colored head on top, but it is very minimal. Just an occassional wisp of lace left on portions of the glass.

S: This one absolutely took on a hell of a lot of the barrel. Just tons of scotch whiskey aroma coming out of this one. Nice with a good amount of peat to it. The sweetness of the BW does cut down on the heavy peat notes you expect from the spirit and it mixes nicely. Notes of vanilla come out as well, creating a little more sweetness.

T: Pretty much exactly like the nose, but the Scotch is even more present. Kinda tastes like I am sipping on a slightly below room temp Scotch. The peat is absolutely there and wonderful. It may have been tamed a bit by the sweetness from the malts, but I can't tell completely. Just took on the flavor so greatly. Its good, really good, but I just wish more of the BW came through. With that said, this is awesome.

M: Thick and viscous. Has a beautiful weight to it, and just coats the mouth with sticky goodness. ABV is surprisingly not hitting me as much as it did in the Calvados. For the booze flavor to be so present, it is nice to have less of it in the feel. Carbonation is minimal, and works very nicely here. Aftertaste is all peat with just a touch of vanilla and oak.

oa: This one was killed in record time as well. I was more partial to the Calvados because I believe it was more complex and the original BW came through a bit more. With that said, this is heavenly as well. I am going to be hard pressed not to fill my beer shelves with bottles of this series. Just damned good. Think I'll tackle the port offering when I get home tonight from work since this review brought back the memory of how awesome these beers are.

Served In: Tulip

Review by tjthresh on 07/30/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 10 20 5 9 2005
Pours light amber orange, lots of carbonation, but not head. I yeast floaties. Ooops. Wonderful carmelized fruit aromas. Oak and vanilla. Powerful alcohol sort of singes the nose hair. Wow what a flavor. The toffee fruit character is accompanied byt a new friend. A wonderful peat character that takes and all ready super beer, out of the world. Sweet, but not cloy. Very seductive.

Served In: Pint Glass

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