J.W. Lees Harvest (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)

J.W. Lees Harvest (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)

Time to make up for some lost review time earlier this week due to the cold. I recently picked up this J.W. Lees Harvest beer. Expensive as I recall…maybe $10 or 12 oz? I’m thoroughly excited to try it. I should note that someone WAAAAY back last year recommended that I try the beer.

J.W. Lees Harvest (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)

The stuff is 11.5% booze and it smells that way! Besides alcohol, I detect dark fruit (raisin or plum??) in the scent.

J.W. Lees Harvest (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)

Upon sip #1 I’m completely and utterly confused. NOT what I was expecting. Smokey!! Completely and utterly complex…far beyond my tongue’s capabilities. Wood flavors, sweetness swirling around in there, but first and foremost massive smoke flavor.

J.W. Lees Harvest (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)

I’m not going to lie…I was hoping for vanilla / oak flavors. I’m not a smokey beer kind of guy. That said, I haven’t tried a lot of them. I’m having doubts that I’ll be able to finish this one.

Generally a let down. If you’re into smokey beers, give this one a go. If not, stay far away.


J.W. Lees Harvest (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)

Author: Joshua Dion

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6 thoughts on “J.W. Lees Harvest (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)”

  1. The smokey flavors are from the Lagavulin (though it’s usually a peat-y whisky, but I’m not a whiskey drinker). But that’s where those flavors are coming from. I had a bottle of this a long time ago (can’t buy a lot of it, it’s super expensive and a tiny bottle, too).

    Anyway, add my obligatory, “This beer should be in a snifter, not a mug”. :)

  2. Interesting. You usually only get that kind of smoke from smoked malts, not from a barrel. The one I had was sweet, almost like a brandy or cognac. It had some notes of the smoky whisky flavors, but nothing “in your face”.

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