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


on tap

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RATINGS: 402   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wlajwl (4929) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Aroma is malts, medicinal and a vinous hint. The flavor is malts, mildly vinous and a medicinal/very slight heat in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bill Becker (610) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JAN 4, 2015
This pours a clear dark copper with a tiny head of foam that shrinks quickly to just a ring around the glass. The smell is malty, sweet like Port, with a slight bitter note or two. Yummy the taste is.Besides the Port like character, which I almost always dig, I get some nice nutty tones and more than a bit of bitterness. Medium body goes well with the light carbonation. A real treat of a beer for me and my palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (4124) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2014
9.3 out De bottle thanks to lukaduke. Pours a clear mahogany with a thin head of beige foam around the perimeter of the glass. The aroma has nuts, caramel, toffee, raisin, toast. The taste is pretty woody and sweet. Medium to thick mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (10044) - Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2014
275ml retrnable bottle. Amber pour, not too much head. Aroma i baked bread, savory marmite, caramel, herbs. Flavor is sticky malt cracker, slight burnt toffee, tastes well pretty christmasy, a fine ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2793) - 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 (7877) - 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 (6007) - 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 (6044) - 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 (7821) - 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 (6212) - 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!

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