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Brewed by Harveys
Style: Barley Wine
Lewes, England
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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 6, 2004
Very dark, with little or no head. Chocolate, toffee, cream adn molasses nose. Very rich, brief finish, w/toffee and roasted malt lingering. Slight molasses, butter chocolate, soft mouthfeel better as it warms, a lot of sweetness and carmel. Great beer!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (14599) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonMagi (5596) - 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.

4.3
   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!

4.2
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2004 Rating 950. Cask conditioned at The Royal Oak, Borough, London
Flat looking, no head but a little carbonation. Distinctive sweet, fruity aroma - with alcohol in the background. Syrupy & fruity, sweet, fruity and a slight tartness. Very, Very nice.
Sampled on the Ratebeer London Meetup & Pub Crawl, December 2004. With Silktork, Chris_o, Maeib & Kook

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13737) - 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

4
   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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2316) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11184) - 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!


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