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


on tap

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RATINGS: 401   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2003
No head, deep brown color. Smells like butterscotch, nutmeg, and a little gingerbread. Butterscotch dominates the taste, and it actually seems a little greasy on the palate. I ended up not really liking this one much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2004 No head and muddy brownness combined in scariness..the aroma was a spicy licorice infused overripe chocolate covered bananas..the flavors were like banana bread, spiced pumpkin, nutmeg and chocolate soda with hints of ginger and cloves..the carbination was very low and it was very spicy overall re-rate 2003: Licorice notes, mouthfeel not thick enough, still quite spicey...and to tell you the truth, reminds me a little of J.W. lees harvest...but not thick enough...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crit (3638) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 27, 2002
Thick sweet and syrupy.Light fruit notes.Not much else other then the alcohol heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2002
2000 Version. Light chestnut color with a touch of red. Minimal head. Very vinous with undertones of spice and brandy. Still sweet even after this aging.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Quite flat. Tart, fruity notes, maybe some spices as well. Pears, apples, estery flavors. Not a great Xmas ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Dark ruby brown, it tried to generate a head, but didn’t have it in it. Hot sweet alcohol aroma. Malt is thick and forbodingly sweet, with an almost teeth-numbingly sweet finish. Some spiciness begins to poke trough the sweet. Not terrible, but definitely not very exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Mostly diminishing head. Apple cider color, hazy. Sweet aroma. Flat, no real carbonation. Acidic and tart in flavor.

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