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

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RATINGS: 431   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


FrankJohansen's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrankJohansen (3616) - Sabro, - 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.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheKernOwl (165) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2016
Lovely (supercharged version of their brown ale?). Like a caramel/sugar dessert brittle, or v sweet balsamic reduction; cinnamon in nose too, as well as a cheeky sour touch. Thick, oily texture. Just lacking spice to get it into truly excellent bracket of winter ales.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
NordicV (1915) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2016
Rödbrun öl med smutsvitt skum. Doft av karamell, julkryddor och bröd. I smaken tillkommer viss alkoholsötma och lätt nötig beska. För söt för mig.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (9825) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2016
Bottle @ Home. Pours dark amber with a small creamy offwhite head. Aroma of sweet malt, little caramel, nuts, spice, little honey, wood, some dried fruit, light alcohol. Flavor is sweet, malty, caramel, x-mas spice, dried fruit, raisin, wood, alcohol. Medium body, average carbonation, sweet finish with some alcohol. 210316

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer_est_deus (1109) - örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2016
Hel klar, bärnstens brun, nästintill utan skum. Doft: Malt, deg, konstgjord fruktsmak, alkohol, russin, lite lager. Smak: Malt, fruktkola, russin, humle, torkad papaya och andra torkade frukter, lite lite lager av någon anledning. Tror den gillar lagring.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (5968) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2016
From a bottle in Jackson WY. Pours a clear deep mahogany with a thin ecru head. Malty nose. Flavors of caramel and plums. Smooth sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Turtles (1735) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2016
275 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Clear mahogany, one-finger size tanned head, good lacing. Malty aroma, toffee, caramel and bread along with grassy hops. Sweet, silky and full-bodied. Sweet malty taste, fruit cake, prunes, dried fruit, caramel, sugar, apricot and orange marmalade. Warming finish with a floral bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (2979) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours red. Aroma of toffee and dark fruits. Tastes of red berries, alcohol and a little licorice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Malin_aiisa (726) - SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle Dark, red clear off white head Aroma of orange and gingerbread Taste sweet, old feeling taste, hint of bitter A bit strange

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nische (1799) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle from systembolaget. Pours a clear mahogany with a thin, beige head. Sweet aroma with caramel, toffee, raisin and brown sugar. Quite mild for the ABV. Taste is dominated by caramel and toffee with woody and nutty notes lingering in the background. Decent, but not very memorable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (2769) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2016
Pours dark amber with a low white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, raisins, resin, malt. Taste is caramel sweetness with some malty notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.


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