Brewed by Harveys Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Lewes, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Cask: Seasonal (December). Also available in 275ml bottles.

Voted ‘World’s Best Dark Barley Wine’ at the World Beer Awards 2012.

This strong dark barley wine is reminiscent of the strong ‘stock ales’ drunk during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and should be treated with respect.

Contains: Barley and Oats.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (11511) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 27, 2011
Apparently an unofficial alias for the Christmas Ale after Christmas.
Cask (White Horse Parsons Green)
7 lovely sweet spicy, clove I’d say, appley aroma.
4 Deep red, next to no head.
8 glorious sweet toffee-apple retronasals. Touch of mushroominess, a little old-ale nuttiness too
5 Sticky sweet palate, no carbonation. Finish to die for, initially a sweet malt rush, quickly a wave of olde mushrooms, and then a gloriously resiny bitterness, which lasts a long time.
16 I often mark down such sweetness, but like Thomas Hardy’s you sometimes just have to forgive it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (14746) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2010
Cask at the Wenlock Arms, London. Poured a cloudy, ruby-brown with an easy, off-white head. Sour malt aroma with faint fruits and earthy hops. Sweet, tart, malty flavor, also vinous with hints of sugar plums, apples and toffee, syrup and brown sugar. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a sweet, wine-like finish with a boozy kick and more sour notes. Awkward, but decent. Can’t really understand the tart, sour fruit notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2010
Cask in the royal oak. Alround rating: Well punch me in the granny this was good. Big toffee malt sweetness, harveys minerally character actually helps to balance more than any hop, the juicey fruit cake fruit richness is perfect. The best barley wine iv had in a long time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (7103) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2009
From cask at Charlies Bar, CPH. Fruity, malty and light spicy aroma. Warming light alcoholic flavour with caramel, spices, sweetness and hoppy notes. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (7149) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2010 Cask-conditioned at the Royal Oak, London SE1. Reddish-brown in colour with a slight, off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel, earthy hops, wood and spice. Flavour of barley sugar, red fruits, oak, the house yeast and spice, with a hoppy, dry finish. A great beer on a cold day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11589) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2009
Cask @ Charlies Bar, Cph.
Pours lightly hazy red-brown with little off-white bubbles on the surface. Aroma is sweet, caramel, toffee, vanilla, Christmas Pudding, lightly vinious, prunes. Low, but lively carbonation, lovely oily mouthfeel. Flavour is rather swee, herbal, some holly, vanilla, light oak, walnuts, prunes, raisins, strawberries. Softly vinious. Lovely that! Good balance between the sweet and the bitter - light chocolate dryness in the finish. Lovely!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (16658) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2009
Cask at Charlie’s Pub, Copenhagen
Dark amber to brown color, hazy; a few lonely bubbles on the surface. The aroma is mild, vinous. It has a good body structure, very rich caramel flavor and malt, quite sweet, with a light woody astringency, light wine sourness that brings also a light fruitness; if possible, in the end there are some very light spices. The bitterness is quite high; the alcohol is present only as mouth warmer. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NosirIwont (2159) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2009
Cask @ The Wharf, Aalborg. Pours a golden reddish colour with a small off-white head. Complex aroma; sweet with notes of yeast and blackberries (or is it blackcurrants) – like the black english wine gums. Also a tad perfumy, but not much. Complex flavour as well; sweet, dusty, tart and with yeast and candy notes. Sweet finish, a bit of alcohol, a dry bitterness and tart notes – like a mix of red wine and port. A distinct difference between the initial flavour and the finish. A bit cloying., but otherwise nice. 27-11-09.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (30970) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2009
Cask at Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen. A chestnut brown beer with a thin light tan head. The aroma has notes malt, caramel, as well as lighter notes of notes and spices. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of malt, caramel, hops, alcohol, and very ripe berries, leading to a bitter and alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (36243) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2009
From cask at Charlies. Pours hazy dark orange with no head, golden glare. Light spiced and roasted malty aroma. Sweet malty and overripe fruity flavoured. Velvet mouthfeel. Sweet lingering malt flavoured and slight spiced flavoured. Sweet overripe fruity lingering sweet flavoured into the finish. Lovely.

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