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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43243) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2009
Bottle 275ml. @ home.
Clear dark amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, vintage, fruity, dark berrry, date. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20081113]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (39962) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden amber to brown with no head. Smooth and fruity hoppy aroma with a sweet caramel malt and breadish base. Flavour follows this closely and is rather sweet. Nicely spiced and lingering breadish sweet into the finish. Full bodied.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (33993) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2004
The aroma is lovely; sweet with notes of caramel, cloves, and bread. The color is a deep red and it has a small though disappearing beige head. The flavor is sweet too with notes of caramel, yeast, roasted bread, and alcohol running over the tongue. The end is slightly bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (25647) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2009
Bottle at Københavnske Øldage 2009. Clear orange coloured with a small off white head. Sweet aroma of caramel, dried fruits and hops with fruity notes. Sweet and fruity flavour of marmelade, dried fruits, hops and grass. Dry hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle 27,5 cl. Clear, dark red beer with a small, off-white head. Aroma dominated by overripe fruit and licorice. Quite full-bodied, low in carbonation, again overripe fruit accents - prunes and raisins - and roasted malts. Some alcohol in the finish. Quite yummy. 121208

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (24904) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2005
Bottled. Black/dark amber colour, mediumsized bubbly head. Plum, malt and hops in aroma along with raisins. Sweet plummy flavour. Very Christmassy feeling over it. A bit bitterness in finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (22992) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2015
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Hazy amber, small head. Floral resinous caramelly nose. Mid sweet with medium-full body and rounded mouthfeel. Woody resinous caramel. Deep malt character. Really bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (22515) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramal aroma with hints of dark fruit. Sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit flavor with some spicy hints. Has a sweetish malty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (21549) - , 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (20882) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 9, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2008 2008. Pours burgundy red, small head. Malty start with cinnamon and allspice. Scant bitter finish. 1995. Dark brown, smooth and slightly sweet with a bit of spice, but no bitterness.


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