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

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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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Bottle; Pasteurised.
This brews popularity made it difficult to restrict it to being available for only a limited period. Fortunately the high alcohol level enables us to brew enough to last most of the year. This ensures that we keep this ales enthusiasts happy all year round. A strong, dark, heavily hopped seasonal drink.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
caesar (5324) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2002
Dark brown color, shortlasting head. Syrupy, caramelly perfume. Caramelly malts in the taste, together with liquorice and syrup. Not the best christmas ale i’ve had, actually one of the worst.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2002
Another one of these syrupy concoctions of the Brits - I poured this one into a snifter...there’s something gross about pouring a full bottle of headless brown fluid into say, a pilsener or pint ale glass. The color is, like peat bog brown. I rather liked this beer. It packs the expected heavy malt punch. Mine must have been old ’cause hops were definitely in the background, whereas the description says heavily hopped. Low carbonation. The bottle says to check the bottle cap for dates, etc., but my cap said CKN, not terribly helpful. I bought it in summer so I know its not new. Anyway, I like these sweet, strong English ales to be lightly hopped so I was happy. Aromas and flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, prunes (call ’em dried plums), and orange peel complement the maltiness. Finishes w. enough hoppiness to clean the palate. Pretty good.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sloth (2533) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2002
Pours with a creamy tan head,decent lace.clear dark copper color.perfumy aroma,some licorice in the nose.Sweet up front and on through to the finish,slick and oily on the tongue.Needs some bittering hops in the finish to balance the sweetness.Oh yea! Whats up with the 9oz. bottle?Its only an 8%er.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Though I was drinking this year’s vintage, it struck me as a being a bit still. No worries though, as it was in fine condition--tangy nose giving way to a wonderfully complex flavor. Notes of almonds, caramel, walnuts, and cherries come together beautifully, with just a hint of bitterness to balance out its pleasant sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2002
2000 edition: Syrupy sweet, and thick like treacle. Hard to get a head on this beer. Fairly complex with some fruity notes. Very nice. My label had color in it and featured some sort of Virgin and Jesus depiction.

3.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - SEP 20, 2002

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2002
Nice fruity raisin taste. Good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005 Same body as their Elizabethan Ale but fruitier (all sorts of berries, cherries, grapes)...Same down side also...Every flavor plummets in the end...Very oxidation prone, as salt and vanilla sometimes mix unpleasantly...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2002
Loads of raisins in te aroma. Very sweet taste with raisins and porto. Alcohol present, but well hidden. Syrupy, thick and oily. Perfect winter warmer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2002
Very sweet and syruppy, elegance is a word that never springs to mind with this beer (although it did just then, didn’t it?) but its just to raisiny, sticky and syruppy, leaves an Ok flavour in your mouth, a bit sweet for me.


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