J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Whisky Cask)

2004 vintage (which seems to be all we get in Atlanta), 275 mL bottle, $6.49 from Merchants Package Store, Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Pours with a really rather alarming amount of carbonation – very fizzy. Obviously this dies very quickly to settle into the non-carbonated, still beer that I was expecting, but I was shocked by the initial pour. Strange. Settles to give a dark orange (verging on red) body with some spotty lace only on the surface.
Aroma is not complicated and seems to be made up of an earthy alcohol and not much else.
Tastes are mixed. As expected there is an enormous sweetness and some warming alcohol in the finish, but the effect that the whisky has had is a little odd. It seems to have imparted a smoked, earthy, peat like taste to the beer which seems a bit disjointed.
Probably my least favorite of the Lees Harvest Cask series.

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03/01/2008
Format:
bottle
ABV: 11.5 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.55
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