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


on tap

Local Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (3010) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2009
On cask at Redlight. Deep reddish brown pour with thin white head. Malty sweet spicy fruit aroma. Sweet malty body Smooth malty body, lots of caramel, dark fruit and slightly spicy. Really tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Cask @ redlight redlight. Spicy caramel with hints of fruit, light strawberry, sweet malts, green raisons, Pours a rich caramel amber color with a thin white head. Rich malty flavors, caramel, light molasses, green raisons, plums, fresh figs, with a nice spiciness. Finishes smooth with hints of vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10420) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2008
Mahogany with a medium off white head. Aroma was sweet with roasted malt and caramel notes. Flavour was sweet with roasted malt, caramel and hints of chocolate. Finished mild bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Cask at the Brick Store in Decatur. Pours a deep amber brown with a very bubbly head that lingered with sizable bubbles for a while. Lacing was minimal. The aroma is very sweet with caramel malts and some dark fruits but there is a lot of vinous characteristics coming out as well - lots of wood and a bit of booze. The taste is heavy of the sugary malts with plenty of dark fruits - plums, figs and raisins. There is a hint of hops in the finish but only in the background. As in the aroma, the wood comes through in the form of some vanilla sweetness and a slightly dry finish. The mouthfeel is, not surprisingly, super smooth with little carbonation. I havent had this in a bottle so I dont have a direct comparison, but I definitely enjoyed this on cask.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - DEC 20, 2008
My first cask ale -- at Rich Os Publick House. Nice dark amber with a small creamy light tan head. This stuff was very nice with great nutty, vanilla, woody, and caramel notes. The aroma was subtle but the flavor was big. The body was remarkably smooth and exactly what I want in a big beer - silky smooth, rich, thick, and very low carbonation -- enough to give it a nice creamy head though. I hope all cask ales are this deliciously smooth!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 Cask, obviously. Pours a deep ruby, with the standard big bubbled cask head. Nose is a bit faint, but with notes of sweet maple and fruit, combinations of citrus and port. Taste is rich up front, with maple and candied fruit overtaken quickly by a beautiful, spicy hop bitterness that balances the massive sweetness wonderfully. Mouthfeel is silky and just a bit sparkling. Lovely beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2008
2008.Cask @ Market Porter with Magic Dave6 and Mes. One of the best of the Pub crawl. Impressive dark amber red color, no head at all. Lots of fruit aromas. Mostly citric,candy sugar and spices. Lovely orange flavor. Dry hoppy finish. Very very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alefan90 (2) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2008 does not count
Dark and strong! Made the mistake of ordering a whole pint... Very deep red in colour with no head at all. Aroma of Barley and lots of spice. VERY sweet indeed, wth a very bitter after taste. Not a session beer, but certainly a treat!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13228) - 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 (7117) - 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.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 2 3  4  5 6

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50