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

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RATINGS: 433   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5357) - 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.

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 (6557) - 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 (10563) - 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.


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