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


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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (10220) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2008
Cask conditioned at The Royal Oak, Borough, london. Chestnut colour with no head. Heavy fruity, alcohol dry beer, big nasal flavours with sherry type flavours. Powerful and decent, a challenging brew for an afternoons pub crawl.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2008
A Mes rate: Cask at The Wenlock.
Stunning deep dark amber red colour. No head but who cares? Aroma is an awesome blend of barley, port, spice and sugar. The flavour is even better. Fantastic sweet and sour character. Loads of barley suger offset by an old ale type sourness. Liquorice, spice, just a lick of hops and the characteristic Harveys orange notes. If this was heavily hopped it would be an absolute stunner. Where the hell is the alcohol? The only thing stopping me downing this is the sweetness. Damn this is good beer. Incredible sweet yet sour finish. It’s an absolute joy. Fantastic palate. Not even a hint of carb but it’s sheer velvet. Amazing stuff. I could get extremely drunk on this before I even noticed I was on my way. Love that the abv column on the Wenlock chalkboard says that this is 8.1(ish). Another bloody cracker from Harveys.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Cask at the Royal Oak with tashi on 13th Dec 2007. Similar to the bottled version - a bit more lively and slightly less strong on the aroma. Still excellent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2007
Jan, 2004: The Royal Oak, London A barley wine. Intensely sweet, but with ribbons of bitterness to give some balance and relief. The alcohol is distinctly felt, and along with the sweetness makes this a difficult beer to drink. The flavour range is not expansive, though it is quite pleasant with a suggestion of sherry, tea and oranges. Served in very good condition. Warm malty aroma. [3.2]
Dec, 2004: Royal Oak, London. The London Xmas Crawl. Balsamic vinegar aroma. Oak. Sweet. Gentle sour notes. Good mix. Gentle. Intense fruit. Lemon rind. Vanilla. Brown sugar. Mmmm. [3.7]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2007
Dec 06 Takeaway from Gravity cask @ Middle farm, nr Lewes. Sweet fklavours. Almond past, liquorice, choc, nuts and hints of sherry. This is tasty but too sweet for me. The smattering of dusty hop and tannin in the background doesnt balance. Ok for about 1/4 of a pint - I just drank it over the course of several evenings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6137) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2006
(Cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 26 Nov) Dark brown colour with tawny notes. Fruity, sweet, vinous nose with notes of syrup and wood. Slightly closed. Fruity, sweet taste with notes of black-currant, prunes, raisins and caramel. Viscous, syrup-like, body. Sweet, but not overwhelming. Very warming and, actually, surprisingly nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2006
Cask @ 13th White Cliffs BF, Dover. 3 February, 2006
Very hoppy and somewhat sourly aroma. Taste is hop tea with plenty of sugar, no milk. Overly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13704) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2006
Cask gravity at Dover BF 06. Dark reddish brown with beige head. Really quite pleasant if slightly sticky sweet, quite a meaty aroma with lots of orange. Nice dry hop finish and some boiled sweet. Better on the second half pint

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7359) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2004
Deep ginger colour. Herbal aroma, with spices, dried fruit and hints of bubblegum. Flavour is sweet and herbal with some vinous notes - sherry trifle, maybe even port. Pretty good, but rather sweet, so I wouldn’t want too much. A real warmer, but the alcohol is not excessively intrusive. Cask (handpump), at the Royal Oak, Borough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2004
Sweet sugar and orage aroma. Amber in colour. Sweet caramel flavour with some oak and port notes. Smooth heavy/full mouthfeel. Alcohol quite warming.

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