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

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

Each December, English brewery J.W. Lees release its Harvest Ale, a giant barleywine pushing 11% abv. A popular candidate for aging, Harvest Ale is packed with malts to continue developing for years to come, which made it a prudent choice for J.W. Lees to condition in various barrels. For 4 months, J.W. Lees ages Harvest Ale in casks that once held Lagavulin Scotch, Port, Sherry, or Calvados apple brandy. This particular bottle is from the 2005 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, English Barleywine, J.W. Lees & Co., Lagavulin, Reviews, Scotch

Goose Island’s King Henry

Goose Island’s King Henry

For those of you who follow Russ, Greg or my own personal social media accounts, you saw that we had a pretty awesome tasting two Saturday’s ago. There were a few beers that we considered duds, but Goose Island’s King Henry was one of the highlights. By the numbers, our third highest rated overall beer, though tied for second with the Bramble Rye Bourbon County Stout (which Russ reviewed) once you eliminated the rating from a … Read entire article »

Filed under: English Barleywine, Goose Island Brewing Co., Pappy Van Winkle

Better From The Barrel: Heavy Seas Below Decks Barleywine

Better From The Barrel: Heavy Seas Below Decks Barleywine

First of all I would like to introduce a new column to The Beer Circle: Better From The Barrel! In this series of posts, our writers will taste a beer and barrel aged version of that same beer to determine which is better. You may ask, “wasn’t there a post on Flying Dog Gonzo and BA Gonzo before that did the same thing?” The answer is yes! and it is being retroactively added. This post will … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Better From The Barrel?, Blend, Cabernet, English Barleywine, Heavy Seas Beer