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


on tap

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RATINGS: 398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Bottle: 275ml only. Also available on draught throughout December.

Christmas Ale’s popularity made it difficult to restrict its availability to just the Festive Season. Fortunately, the high alcohol level enables us to brew enough to last most of the year so enthusiasts can be kept happy all year round.

It is heavily hopped, dark and strong, like Christmas Pudding in a glass!

Contains: Barley and Oats.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2737) - Gray, Maine, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Pours a deep amber color with a finger of off white foam. Nose is spicy caramel, burnt sugar, grass, kola nut, peanut shells. Palate follows with notes of burnt toast, maple sap, bitter black tea, silky mouthfeel, floral honey, caramel popcorn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7440) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"a great malty yeasty example of the style. not a terribly exciting style mind you, but ths is a highly drinkable, enjoyable no frills session beer...no more, no less."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MichaelAwesome (5920) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 5, 2014
Shared with McTapps in the Arlington Arms, Eastbourne. Quite thick and bit sourish beer with lots of cookies, some vinegar and plums in the aroma. Heavy aftertaste reminding me of some belgian which could match that one. To recommend.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
McTapps (5926) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle bought and drank at Arlington Arms in Eastbourne. Pours out in a deep dark brown colour with low head and medium to flat body. Aroma of sour mash, torf and woods. Taste of acid, barley, berries, malt, nuts, bread and raisins. Finished off a little bit like sea - probably the glass wasn’t too good? Couldn’t really enjoy it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (7322) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours brown, light cinnamon nose, sweet, fruity, bitter toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (5947) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Worldbeertaste. Poured a clear reddish amber with a bubbly round head. The aroma is rich fruity with some malty vinegar notes. The flavour is medium sweet light bitter with a smooth oily red berry fruit alcoholic light bitter palate. Full bodied with flat carbonation. A Christmas beer like no other!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
worldbeertaste (1758) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2014
Deep brown with a thin, white, disappearing, nonlacy head. Smells of deep toasted malt, caramel, sweet malt, and a bit of peat. Medium to full oily body. Tastes of toasted malt, caramel, rich malt and a bit of syrup. Nice by very sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (7709) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Worldbeertaste. Pours clear brown with a small bubbly beige head. Aroma of Christmas spice, dark fruit, malts, caramel. Flavor is over moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zer0 (1175) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle thanks to worldbeertaste. Pours clear amber. Aroma is sweet malts, raisin, chocolate, red fruits and alcohol. Taste is quite sweet. Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3580) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle. Clear mahogany with a minimal beige head. Sweet brown bread and boozy dark fruit aroma. Sweet prune, chewy brown bread, and light alcohol flavor. Medium body, soft/flat carbonation.

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