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


on tap

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RATINGS: 398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2003
Deep ruddy brown/garnet hue. Rocky light tan head. Sweet nose, light vinegar, apples, cherry. Big and chewy, cherries, caramel, very sweet, medium to full bodied. Finishes peppery with big alcohol flavor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2003
This ale is ruby red in color, with a thinish dishwater soap head. The nose is full of iron, fruit, and whiskey. The palate is light for an 8.1% beer and the dominant flavor is iron. The finish is quick clean, sweet, and slightly hoppy. I find this beer to one dimensional and rather boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 13, 2003
(Vintage 2000) Lovely red gold color. Energetic head. Fruity aroma. I was expecting something light and happy, but what I got left me dumbfounded. This beer has serious balls. It's hearty, with a broad malty flavor, reminiscent of some of the more expensive barley wines I've had. Overtones of wood and hints of fruit are finished off with an unassuming hoppy touch at the end that warms the soul. This is a damn fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12460) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 12, 2003
Muddy brown body with no head. Aroma is sweet plum/raisin, caramel, wood, and sherry. Taste is very sweet and malty, some dark fruitiness, wood, and light sherry/wine. Body is syrupy and minimally carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2003
2002 dark ruby color with small head aroma and tasteis malty, yeasty with hints of dark fruits. some spiciness is present as well syrupy and sweet, alcohol also show through. decent but nothing special

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6841) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2003 2003 bottle. Body is dark reddish-brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, molasses), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of sherry, toffee, raisin, cask wood, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Not a bad sipping brew, actually...on the sweet side to be sure, but not overly so. There's just enough sourness and bitterness to keep it drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Very dark and reddish with a slight haze. Big and fruity aroma (mostly apples, some dark fruits). Smooth and thickish, yet has a milky consistency. Lightly spiced. Very sweet (toffee and molasses) malts. Very fruity, with fig and raisin notes. Hint of bitterness in the finish, but not quite enough to balance out the heavy sweetness. Last year's was much lighter than the one I just had (Jan. 2004).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2003
Pours clear ruby, with a minimal head and non-existant lace. Very small amount of carbonation present. Strong, vinous aroma - fruits like raisin, plum, caramel malts, and alcohol all tickle the nostrils. Flavor is quite sweet, sugary, caramel, and underlying alcohol, along with a mild bitterness in the back that was very subtle. Mouthfeel was buttery and thick. Alcohol is warming towards the end of the small bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trappistenbier (52) - BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2003
No big foamhead but a thin foam layer was always visible. Dark amber coloured and clear (no refermentation in the bottle). Mouthfeeling was from a very dense, sirupy one. Roasted, sweet, malt bitter and some undefined spices. Aftertaste was nicely roast bitter and spicy. yes, I think this is not bad at all !!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2003
No head on a dark copper/light brown color. Smells strong, vinuous, sweet, and fruity. Insanely short "flavor time" with no after taste. It seems like beer disappears as soon as it hits your mouth. Easily forgotten.

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