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Brewed by Harveys Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Lewes, England
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RATINGS: 396   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: 275ml only. Also available on draught throughout December.

Christmas Aleís 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 4, 2013
What a pleasant beer. Like a Christmas pudding in a glass. rum and raisins fighting for control neither winning and all the better for it. If i can find more of this iíll be a happy man

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1609) - SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2013
Soft auburn, slight off white head. Nice spritely cinnamon nose, rich, pudding. Tight and again soft cinnamon, spicey and wee bit reassuring refreshment. Tinselly finish.

Bottle, 2009 Vintage c/o Santa Garvie, November Tasting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2854) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle. Amber with tan head. A slight metallic pissy aroma, dried fruits and caramel. Taste is quite oxidised, sherry, raisins. Sweet and a bitter finish. Nice

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (4538) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Cloudy brown with almost no head. Aroma of caramel and ginger. Dried fruit, caramel taste. Sweet with a bitter raisin finish. Not bad, but starting to oxidize and a bit flat.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (2082) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2013
Bottle in Royal Oak, Borough. Colour is a lovely reddish and orange tinged, very thin white head. Nose is fruity, orange marmalade, sugary sweet, barley sugar boiled sweets, honeyish. Taste is sweet, orange marmalade, Vimto, sugary, barley sugar boiled sweets, caramel. This is what Iíd call an archetypal English barley wine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3930) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2013
New Beer Distributors, NY 33cl ($5): Pours a murky mahogany with a tiny head that forms a second or two after your finish the pour (i.e. very low carbonation). Aroma is like a coke float with rum in it. Taste is kind of like soda, with a more organic fruitiness to it. It ainít as sweet as I expected, but is still plenty sweet. Some sugary aftertaste. This is an interesting take on the barley wine methinks.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mt_hall (147) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
Bottled. A dark ruby colour with a small, short lived, light brown head. Sweet aromas of malt, molasses, and treacle. Flavours are initially sweet too - malt and treacle again - but with a drier finish. Thick texture, strong flavours, and strong alcohol, but well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (11666) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle at home (Harveyís online) - 13/11/12 @7.5% ABV. Pours a clear dark chestnut with a thin tan head that soon dissipates to the edges and forms a small swirl atop the glass. Nose comprises sweet toffee, figs, fruit loaf bread, brown sugars, touch of wood and a little booze. Tastes of rich dark fruits, prunes, dates, Xmas Pudd flavours, touch of wood, little sign of the 7.5% alcohol. Fine carbonation, great feel, smooth and slightly warming. This beer grew on me as I allowed it to warm. It was from the outhouse which can be a little chilly in November, hence ideal for storing beers, but came into its own as it warmed. A decent low cost bottle!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (628) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Bottle tagged with "2009". Dark brown/res with little to no head. Smells like brandy and tastes like prunes, dates, oak, hops, lemon, and red grapes. Finishes dry and tannic. Very nice sipping barley wine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (13405) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2012
Bottle at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration Tune-Up, London. I think bottle came from the generous Duff, from RateBeer. Pours clear amber with a fine film. Medium sweet flavor with some caramel. Medium sweet. Medium to full in body with fine carbonation. Sweet finish with caramel and mild fruits. Itís fine. Good beer.


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