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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (13227) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle Conditioned, 275ml from The Harvey’s Brewery Bottle Shop, Lewes, E.Sussex. arkish orange brown with off white head. There is a fruity, wine like character from the start, a little like a rum punch with random fruits thrown in, quite apt for a Christmas Day beer whilst roasting the turkey. The smooth maltiness is the dominating characteristic, but there is also an alcohol element, giving some nasal heat. Rather pleasant.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Seffle (455) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle from SB 151225. Dark coppery amber with light beige head. Very fruity nose, not citrus but overripe apples. Sweet malty and fruity palate with prunes and plumpudding. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (6330) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2015
275ml bottle at home in Wales, 7.5%, BB April 2016. Red label with santa, candles, bells etc. Dark orange brown, clear, still, small bubbly off-white head, dotted lacing. Aroma is sherry, dates, Christmas cake. Mostly smells of dates. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is quite sweet with toffee, dates, light peppery spice, a little rum and coke. Not bitter but has a bit of oat astringency in the finish. Pretty decent. It’s a slow drinker but tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NallePalle (511) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle, 33 cl. Overall pleasant, warming. Sweet but still well balanced. Had this on December 23 evening, prelude to Christmas.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Alphadelic (2164) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2015
I don’t really know what to make of this. It’s like a bizarre fruity iced tea. I’m not really sure what’s Christmassy here; is there some orange peel in it? Mild, sweet and with a hint of black tea dryness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (4051) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2015
Pours clear deep copper to burgundy with low off-white head. Aroma of caramel, herbs, light citrus, carnation. Taste is herbal, deep roasty, slightly off burnt flavor, citrus. Body is medium rich and smooth with soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (3370) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2015
Bottle from SB. Reddish amber with a tiny off white head. malty and fruity tones. Malt, caramel and hops. Medium to full body with a bitter sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (6805) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2015
275ml Bottle - Dark brown with red tinges. Raisins, berries and a hint of Christmas pudding in the aroma. Berries, blackcurrant, mince pies and raisins all feature in the taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TychoJames (1060) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2015
Flaska systembolaget. Mörk bärnstensfärgad. Fruktig doft. Mustiga äpplen och sirap. Sötaktig smak med rå känsla. Äpple och malt med bränt socker. Lite alkohol som slår igenom och ganska vattnig avslutning i munnen. Det vattniga kan bero på den mycket låga kolsyrehalten. Annars trevliga smaker

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (5976) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Fruity and flowery smell with a caramel and malty aroma. Similar taste. Sweet and malty. Clean and drinkable. Nice I like it.


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