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Harveys Bonfire Boy (Bottle)

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Brewed by Harveys
Style: English Strong Ale
Lewes, England

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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Pasteurised.
Originally brewed to commemerate the gallant work of the Fire Brigade during the fire at the brewery in July 1996 and was originally called Firecracker. We now brew this for the Lewes Bonfire Celebrations each year. This is a Seasonal Ale and only available for a short period of time. Highly roasted Malts are used during the production of this beer to give a slightly burnt quality and a hint of smoke to this amber coloured ale.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Erzengel (2536) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2013
Rating from 2012: Dunkelbraune Farbe, fast weißer Schaum. Der Geruch ist sehr intensiv, dunkle Kirschen oder Trockenpflaumen. ein Bisschen wie Früchtebrot. Der Antrunk ist wie der Geruch - dickflüssig, leicht verbrannt, Früchtebrot. Dabei trotzdem leicht herb. Der Hauptteil wird intensiver, die Noten von gebackenen Pflaumen mit einer angenehmen Herbe werden deutlicher, dabei weich - die alkoholische Schärfe ist kaum wahrnehmbar und fügt sich gut in das Gesamtbild ein. Der Nachgeschmack ist lang anhaltend, warm, herb, Lebkuchen, Früchtebrot, Trockenpflaumen. --> Ein tolles, intensives Bier!!! --> 12,13,12,14,12,14 - 13,25

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
worldbeertaste (1619) - AUSTRIA - SEP 17, 2013
A beautiful rusty caramel brown with a frothy, white, thin, disappearing head. Smells of deep caramel and toasted malt with nut, raisin, cherry and spices like cinnamon. Medium to full oily body. Sweet taste of toffee with a nice dose of spices. Woody, malty, cherry, nutty, Christmas cake and a dry bitter finish. A fantastic strong ale with a nice spicy palate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThirstyBird (1506) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - APR 12, 2012
Thanks for sharing, Gabriel! Pours clear mohagany with a course tan head that goes to a small whispy blanket. Smell is cherry, rich malt. Taste is sweet rich malt, toffee, cherry, wood. Slight dry and bitter aftertaste. Nice body, mild carbonation, medium body and oily.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (4443) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2011
50cl bottle picked up in Hastings. Copper coloured with a thin off-white head; rich nutty malt aroma; treace toffee flavour with a touch of spice; and a sweet but satisfying finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4107) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Dark, sweet, raisiny aroma. Clear chestnut brown, good label featuring a Santa-looking dude. Bitter, woody, raisins, medium sweetness. Oily mouthfeel. Finish clings a little long. Well-brewed hops on the lips. Thanks to Triock’s mom for enduring an intrusive search at the airport in bringing these in.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle from Kris Wines.
A beautiful Autumnal russet coloured body with a faint white collar. No head would form no matter how Sim tried. So typically Harveys on the nose. Excellent caramel malty tones with liquorice, dried fruit and a faint hit of characteristic sourness. The flavour is almost as good but it has the unfortunate addition of some cardboard and a sticky sweetness. My god this would be amazing if it was unpasturised. As it is, it’s merely very good. Faint oxidisation tries to spoil the day bit the excellent house yeast and faint brett in the finish save the day. A really good drop o English ale that could be SO much better if it wasn’t for the ridiculous pasturisation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2009
Bottle from Kris Wines. Pours an alluring caramel amber color with a fluffy off white head. Bready caramalt, raisins, sultanas and slight hop in the nose. Taste is much the same, lovely malty sweet flavor with a nice bittersweet hop finish. Good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7134) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2008
Takeout from The Garland, Redhill. Damn. With a name like that was expecting a stout. Transparent chestnut, fine persistent suds. Aroma dank sock, marathon trainer, toffee, crushed nuts, blood, wet conker. Damp, autumnal and sweetly metallic. Syrupy palate with nutty sweetness, metal, cake, marzipan, caramel, alcohol and back-of-the-tongue hop bitterness. Chocolatey malt without any smoke or roast. Gnaw of cask wood. Bit vegetal like a doppelbock or dunkel. Lingers with milk choc and nutty bitterness, opens like it’s had sugar sprinkled in it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2007
Dec 06 Bottle (from Middle Farm, Nr Lewes, BB Nov 07). Good musty wood and toasty malts, hints of smoke. Slightly fruity. Well complemented by earthy woody hop finish. Lacks much of the negative qualities of many pasteurised bottles

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 23, 2006
275ml bottle, bought from the brewery shop on 4th Nov 2006, drunk 22nd Dec 2006. Pours a perfectly clear dark amber with a great rich malt and fruit aroma. The taste starts off almost honey sweet and then the hops and malt come through. Has a great smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of body. Alcoholic enough to be warming but not so much as to spoil the flavours. One of Harvey’s best beers and suitable for those who find the likes of Sussex Best too bitter for their liking.


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