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


on tap

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RATINGS: 426   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (3047) - New York, USA - APR 15, 2015
Bottle at home on nicest day of spring which I’ll count as a Christmas present so this is appropriate. Pours fine amber thin head. Nose is some molasses and dark fruit. Tastes of molasses, malt, yeasty, plum, sour cherry, green raisins, caramel, hint of cough syrup. Sweet but not cloying boozy but not harsh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nihtila (2303) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle thanks to Ashton McCobb. Pours clear ruby. Aroma is that stuffy Harveys malt/yeast, some berries and caramel, slightly sweet. Taste is sweet, caramel but also that unpleasant stuffy malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (4436) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle from Harvey’s online shop. Appearance - deep amber red with a decent head. Nose - orange peel, cake and toffee. Taste - toffee and orange. Then caramel or honey. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy yet tangy texture and a long tangy finish. Overall - that’s like a barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (7791) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle shared with Ashton McCobb and nihtila. Pours clear amber gold, thin white head. Aromas of light spice, toffee, sugar. Taste is sweet, orange peel. Sweet finish. Better than most of theirs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wlajwl (5063) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Aroma is malts, medicinal and a vinous hint. The flavor is malts, mildly vinous and a medicinal/very slight heat in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bill Becker (659) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JAN 4, 2015
This pours a clear dark copper with a tiny head of foam that shrinks quickly to just a ring around the glass. The smell is malty, sweet like Port, with a slight bitter note or two. Yummy the taste is.Besides the Port like character, which I almost always dig, I get some nice nutty tones and more than a bit of bitterness. Medium body goes well with the light carbonation. A real treat of a beer for me and my palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (4312) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2014
9.3 out De bottle thanks to lukaduke. Pours a clear mahogany with a thin head of beige foam around the perimeter of the glass. The aroma has nuts, caramel, toffee, raisin, toast. The taste is pretty woody and sweet. Medium to thick mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (10335) - Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2014
275ml retrnable bottle. Amber pour, not too much head. Aroma i baked bread, savory marmite, caramel, herbs. Flavor is sticky malt cracker, slight burnt toffee, tastes well pretty christmasy, a fine ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2853) - Gray, Maine, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Pours a deep amber color with a finger of off white foam. Nose is spicy caramel, burnt sugar, grass, kola nut, peanut shells. Palate follows with notes of burnt toast, maple sap, bitter black tea, silky mouthfeel, floral honey, caramel popcorn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (8407) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"a great malty yeasty example of the style. not a terribly exciting style mind you, but ths is a highly drinkable, enjoyable no frills session beer...no more, no less."

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