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

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RATINGS: 384   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stefano (1864) - 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 (14304) - , 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 (1019) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (7203) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2010
Bottle.Pours clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma and taste is roasted malts, caramel, brown sugar and some fruityness.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zoney (144) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown/red with little short head. Aroma of caramel and fruity goodness. Feels good and a wonderful seasonal.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
[3373-20100904] 9.3floz bottle. Petrol-soaked fruit cake aroma, the heavy kind. Murky, dark brown red body with a medium-lasting creamy light tan head. Thick boozy heavy fruit cake malt flavour. Thick full boozy body. Definitely reminds me of Christmas.
(w/ jerc)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Bottle:   Deep caramel, thin dishwater like head, dies quickly, sparce lacing.   Certainly appears aged.   Faint dark pitted fruit, slight caramel, a little musty on the nose.   Smells like the backside of the curve.   Smooth caramel and dark pitted fruit on the tongue, a little malty.   Actually tastes better than I thought it was going to be.   Body is not all there, but hey, who knows how old this bottle is.   Comes across as a little bit of raisiny/pruny water, with some caramel sweetening.   Yeah, decent flavor just seems the body maybe has gone south.   Nose suggest some age.   Not bad for an English Barley Wine.   Certainly low on the hop aspect.   Decent.


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