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Brewed by Harveys
Style: Barley Wine
Lewes, England
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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Seasonal - December. Has been seen on sale after Christmas as "Strong Winter Ale".
Christmas Ale is a strong "Barley Wine" brewed to a strength similar to the beers produced by the Tudor brewers in the time of Queen Elizabeth 1. This dark, heavily hopped Seasonal Brew is an ideal accompaniment to the festive season. A Merry Christmas to all.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (6134) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11113) - 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!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (14294) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NosirIwont (1939) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29081) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30689) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2009
Handbottled @ Chriso’s pre GBBF Shindig ’09.
Clear medium brown color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, light to moderate hoppy. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090801]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11021) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2009
Dark amber with a smalloff-white head. Spicy aroma with white pepper dominating, and dark sogar in the back. Sweet caramel flavour with spicy notes

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (13933) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2009
Hand Bottle unfiltered at Chris-Os Pre GBBF 09 tasting ... copper ... sweet toffee nose ... sweet toffee little hop ... quite juicy

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2009 Handpulled cask at the Royal Oak Borough before Xmas. Deep amber with a thin off white head. Sickly sweet, malty sugaryness and plenty of alcohol. Where are the hops? This used to be a very well balanced beer for it’s strength a few yearsa ago. Sadly no more.


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