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 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 (1306) - 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 (11664) - 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 (7118) - 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 (5431) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, 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 (2471) - 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 (7033) - 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.

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