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

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RATINGS: 430   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Very dark tint with absolutely no head at all. There aren't really even bubble streams. Faint aroma of caramel sweetness and malts. The flavor is quite nice though: caramel, toffee, malty goodness, and enough hops for some balance. The finish is also pretty sweet. Interesting brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2003
I have trouble getting used to the brews from this brewer.I've had quite a few elizabethan ales from them and they just don't do it for me so this will be hopefully a nice change.Dark brown color,No head of any kind or what little was there faded quickly enough to be unnoticeable.The aroma was malty sweet and hints of raisin and caramel with a light spicy note to it.The feel was kind of heavy and some what syrupy,with the taste being malty sweet with hints of fruit and spice,caramel and toffee.It's just as i was thinking it would be the syrupy feel really doesn't work for me,it kind of makes this brew a little hard to swallow.The flavors are ok just the feel makes me want to be sick reminds me of a few liquers drank straight up.It's worth trying but for me thats all i'm going to do.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2003
2002 bottle. Spicy apple aroma. pours a cloudy brown with no head. very syrupy and sweet. has pleasant hints of spice and sweetness. a bit of alcohol comes through as well. unfortunately this beer doesn't have much carbonation therefore i have taken away some points in the rating. overall not bad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5872) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2003
The label for this is different than last year. Pours a very rich dark brown with a small brown head. Nose is malt, dark chocolate, some molasses, and alcohol. Very rich aroma, indeed! The taste is just as good. Alcohol(liquor), fruit, wood notes, toffee, chocolate, and many others. Complex taste! This seems much better than last years version. Much more "alcoholic" and thick. Excellent beer! Can't believe I hadn't rated it! If I had, the re-rate would have pumped it up a bit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Bottle. Poured languidly, brown with garnet highlights and a medium off-white head that lingered well. Aroma is very malty with molasses and spice. Flavors are complex like a rum-soaked fruitcake in a glass. Heavy almost syrupy body and virtually no carbonation. Quite a unique ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2003
Clear somewhat dark amber coloured beer with a small head. Heavy sweet and malty aroma and taste. There is also a spicy taste somewhere in the thick of things. Sweet all the way. I like the taste but drinking a bottle on your own requires time and maybe some getting used to the heavy taste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Darkest of dark deep ruby red with a chestnut brown tone in color, zero head, nada lace, just the thinnest of thin rings around the edge thats like a string of web. No marks down for that though cuz the color is gorgeous. Aroma is a mass of malts, sweet and tangy, rich and lush, deep and dark, raisin and plum, caramel and toffee, notes of molasses, dark cherry, vanilla, and tobacco. Taste is nice and thick, dopplebock-like through and through, deeply sweet with a certain twanged tangyness of malty fruitness that lends raisin and plum, smoothing out but keeping its thickness with trails of caramel thats slightly burnt and finishes with a nudge more roasty burntness of caramel floating on the roof of the mouth with a crackly smoken caramel chewyness. Unique finish with a burntly mingling maltyness, quite nice and curiously interesting. Feel is pretty full, thick for sure with a nice creamy tone and sweetness with a lingering burnt finish. A nice thick winter sipper & favorably yummy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5351) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Eclipse dark red color. No head to speak of. Aroma is dark fruits, malts and dried fruits. A medium to full bodied strong ale. Malts are very fruity and very sweet. There are touches of wood and caramel, but its mostly rich malts and dark fruits. It reminds me of a sherry more than anything else. Very smooth tasting. Thick and if not for some tartness it would be cloyingly sweet. As it is, it’s a nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Not sure what vintage I sampled; the beer was most likely bottled in the late 1990s. Poured dark red, similar to red grape juice, with a thin tan head. Syrupy fruitiness, woody notes, and yeast evident in the aroma along with alcohol. Flavor was fruity and woody, finished by fairly strong bittering hops. Some caramel. Alcohol was notable. I found the flavor profile too muddled for my liking, and the mouthfeel was rough.

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2003
This beer was too sweet. Flavor of a dark chocolate syrup with a hint of raisons. Sweet and unsatisfying. Strong stringent aroma of chocolate and pine bark. Nice color but poor palate. Someone who appreciates a dark strong beer would appreciate this one.


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