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Brewed by Harveys
Style: Barley Wine
Lewes, England
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RATINGS: 388   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2011
Bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk - rich copper pour with a creamy tan head. Beautiful nose - Christmas spices but a definite plummy note too. Rich toffee palate, figs and plenty of raisin flavour. Warming but not boozy finish. Lovely stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (4571) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2011
275ml bottle picked up in Hastings for rating #2600 Copper coloured with a thin cream head; rich, fruity, Christmas Cake aroma; thick in the mouth with flavours of treacle, plums, apricots and cinder toffee; giving a dry, burnt sugar finish with warming alcohol. A beautiful sipper.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geokkjer (5887) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2011
Bottle.Pours amber with a small off-white head.Aroma of malt, biscuits, berries, alcohol and caramel.Flavor is sweet and malty with some dried dates, biscuits, somewhat meaty, caramel and alcohol.Medium to full body, average carbonation.Nice warming beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
planky84 (2113) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle from The Bitter End, Bromley. Reddish-brown pour with a beige head. Very festive nose indeed. Raisins, figs, dates, prunes, treacle, plum pudding. Full on dark fruit action. Imposing flavours of plum pudding, dates, walnuts, raisins, crisp red apples, damsons and figs. Nice, smooth alcohol burn. Rich fruity finish. Tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stefano (1880) - Esbjerg, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2011
Amber colour with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, and toffee. Flavour is brown sugar sweet, with caramel, roasted malt, toffee and dark fruits. Very sweet finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrankJohansen (3602) - Sabro, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2011
Bottle. Clear dark amber colour with a small off-white head. Aroma and taste of roasted malts, caramel, brown sugar and some fruityness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2011
14th January 2008
Sumptuous brown ale with sweet rich malty toffee. Subtle fruit. Lip smacking and moorish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Aroma is slight fruitbread, dark rum Nutmeg. Appearance is still cognac. Flavor is gritty nutmeg and other indistinct spice. Dark rum and caramel pleases as it heats. Still much complexity seems washed out.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2010
9.3 oz bottle, looks like flat cola. Aroma is sweet like fruit, heavy malt character. Spicy like a typical christmas beer. Taste is also sweet and spicy but not over the top. Palate is incredibly smooth and not overpowering. Overall solid offering, nothing too spectacular but does not disappoint. Great session beer, suited well for drinking on a cold Christmas day.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JamieFerdinand (163) - Hove, East Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2010
Bottle on 8/12/10. Dark chesnut and red colouring. Spice, grass, fruit and berries in the nose. Spicy, sweet taste and a lovely syrup finish.


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