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


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RATINGS: 433   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
Nische (1912) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle from systembolaget. Pours a clear mahogany with a thin, beige head. Sweet aroma with caramel, toffee, raisin and brown sugar. Quite mild for the ABV. Taste is dominated by caramel and toffee with woody and nutty notes lingering in the background. Decent, but not very memorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (3035) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2016
Pours dark amber with a low white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, raisins, resin, malt. Taste is caramel sweetness with some malty notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SirLimpsalot (3815) - SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2016
@ Basunen 16-1-6: trevlig doft av kola. Mycket humlig med toner av kola, trokadero, russin och nötter. Fin och klibbig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
closey22 (1683) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Dark reddish brown no head; aroma is malty with a hint of berry; flava is malt sugar touch of wood and molasses; feels thick creamy no fizz; finishes tangy malty slightly bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maverick34 (3002) - New York, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Poured a medium viscous brown. Nuts? Fruits spices. Some yeasty syrupy gunk. Ok but a bit off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (23684) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2015
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Hazy amber, small head. Floral resinous caramelly nose. Mid sweet with medium-full body and rounded mouthfeel. Woody resinous caramel. Deep malt character. Really bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (2721) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2015
@ Havregatan 151229. Bottle (275 ml) from Systembolaget. Malty and fruity with dried fruits, sweet caramely, medium to full body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, sweet and malty with dried fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopmaestro (1306) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2015
Aroma is sweet and malty, toffee and a slight red berry-ish sensation. Taste is slightly sticky toffee and a small plum sweetness. There’s also a slight umami sensation going on in the background, I can’t really put words to it? Interesting take on a Christmas brew, and I will surely have a go or two on this little badboy in the future

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ForlornHope (417) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown-red and pan flat, like stewed tea. Aroma of the same, with some red fruit. Slightly sweet to start, then an aggressive, astringent bitterness. Oily palate. More bitterness to follow with more stewed tea and plum fruits. Not very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gaultier (1538) - SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2015
@ Agards väg 26/12-15. Bottle from Systembolaget. Fruity, overripe fruity and sweet with notes of caramel. Body is medium, some bitterness/astringency with some warming alcohol in the finish.

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