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


on tap

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RATINGS: 431   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (5742) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NallePalle (474) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Alphadelic (2128) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (3825) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (3228) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (6611) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TychoJames (1003) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (5719) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nisse666 (6033) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2015
Bottle from local SB cons 2015-12-06 Göteborg AR: treacle, roasted malt, spices AP: dark ruby, wee ofwhite head F: fizzy, roasted male, melas, Christmas spices, dark rye bread - cheap Christmas pudding without any kind of spirits

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooterbub (1000) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - NOV 29, 2015
275ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin than head that coats the class. Taste is of malt, spices, caramel, ginger, molasses, fruits and some hops. Similar aroma. Has a good body. Overall, a good, seasonal beer.

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