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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2003
2002 bottle. Aroma of cocoa and licorice root. Mahoganey colored, with no head. Flavor of caramel and toffee with some plum notes. Very still, and sweet, almost cloying.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Bottle pours a deep dark amber garnet color with a very small tan head. The aroma is hoppy and shows a bit of alcohol. The flavor is quite woody and sweet, dark dried fruits, not very hoppy, and warming. The palate is nice and sticky. Overall, this is quite nice. Not knowing the vintage by looking at the bottle, I suspect I have a somewhat aged bottle since I really detect very little bitterness. I would really categorize this as a Barley Wine, but ESA works too.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2003
2000 AD Bottle: whiskeylike and tree bark aroma, cloudy ruby colored, very woody and candylike with a nice warming alcohol effect and a sticky mouthfeel

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Hazy reddihs brown hue with a small off-white head and good lace. The aroma hinted of vailla, wood, barnyard yeast, hay and grassy, Fuggles hops, and ripe fruit. The taste was sweet with a large alcohol component. Vanilla and wood upon the finish. Minor bitterness lingered. The mouthfeel was sticky yet watery, too soft for the style. This beer is good but not great.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2003
This is a good English Storng Ale. Caramel, sweet, and fruity flavors. Finishes clean, smooth, and creamy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Caramel, black licorice notes. Enjoyed the warming strength of this beer and its sweet complexities.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10522) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Very dark, sparkling clear, crimson ale. The complex nose offers notes of dark raisins, prune, and port among other unidentified, wonderful aromas. The flavor is very sweet and malty with lots of vineous notes, prune, raisins and other dark fruits. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Lengthy, sweet, lightly bitter finish. Nice and dry at the wee end.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5860) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Poured a mahogany color with a light, tight, tan head and some lacing. Aroma was vinous, fruity and some alcohol. Tastes of grapes, plums, dates, caramel and mild hoppiness with an alcohol bite, with a sweet mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Lacey head which is slightly tan. Dark ruby hue. Malty flavor mingles caramel with chocolate and has smooth flavor. Delicious but a little watery on finish. Slightly hoppy on finish but barely noticeable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Very pleasant and enjoyable beer. Dark mahoghany in color. Lasting white head. Malty and fruity. Good beer.


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