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

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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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 (7779) - 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 (10100) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 10, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 2000 edition, 275 ml bottle drank on 3/11/02: Almost no head with a light ruby color. Wood/spice wine taste and aroma. Finishes more like wine than beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2002
(2000)Deep,deep red/copper. Almost no head. Huge nose of dark bready malt,molasses,nuts, sherry and more. Simlar to harvest ale. Medium to thick in body. Damn, mouth is bombarded with sweet heavy malt,nuts,raisons,lightly sour wine notes,caramel, spices and more. Very soft, mellow and rounded. Its 2 years old and I cant see it getting better then it is. Oh yeah its 8% and its blended beautifully. A fantastic beer that should be sipped and savored.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2485) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2002
Very sweet, very bitter finish, not bad at all.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2450) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2009 2001: Musty, cherry, wood, pepper, tobacco, and vinous aroma. Quite impressive. First sip took me by surprise with such a soft mouthfeel and slight carbo. Very subtle oxidation. Some sort of candied fruit; could it be raisins? Round, soft, and juicy. Supplies a tinny tinge on my tongue. Dominant lingering cedar/evergreen aftretaste. Hops are more noticeable in the finish at room temperature. Also a dry finish. This is a world-class English beer. Indeed, Sherry fans would enjoy thoroughly. Old ale/Barleywine/Strong ale? This defies classification.


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