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Brewed by Harveys
Style: Barley Wine
Lewes, England
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RATINGS: 390   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.


Theydon_Bois' rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9990) - The ’Sham, Surrey, - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle at home (Harvey’s online) - 13/11/12 @7.5% ABV. Pours a clear dark chestnut with a thin tan head that soon dissipates to the edges and forms a small swirl atop the glass. Nose comprises sweet toffee, figs, fruit loaf bread, brown sugars, touch of wood and a little booze. Tastes of rich dark fruits, prunes, dates, Xmas Pudd flavours, touch of wood, little sign of the 7.5% alcohol. Fine carbonation, great feel, smooth and slightly warming. This beer grew on me as I allowed it to warm. It was from the outhouse which can be a little chilly in November, hence ideal for storing beers, but came into its own as it warmed. A decent low cost bottle!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3248) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7977) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2374) - Portland, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - 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."

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MichaelAwesome (4606) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 5, 2014
Shared with McTapps in the Arlington Arms, Eastbourne. Quite thick and bit sourish beer with lots of cookies, some vinegar and plums in the aroma. Heavy aftertaste reminding me of some belgian which could match that one. To recommend.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
McTapps (4606) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle bought and drank at Arlington Arms in Eastbourne. Pours out in a deep dark brown colour with low head and medium to flat body. Aroma of sour mash, torf and woods. Taste of acid, barley, berries, malt, nuts, bread and raisins. Finished off a little bit like sea - probably the glass wasn’t too good? Couldn’t really enjoy it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours brown, light cinnamon nose, sweet, fruity, bitter toffee.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (5015) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Worldbeertaste. Poured a clear reddish amber with a bubbly round head. The aroma is rich fruity with some malty vinegar notes. The flavour is medium sweet light bitter with a smooth oily red berry fruit alcoholic light bitter palate. Full bodied with flat carbonation. A Christmas beer like no other!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
worldbeertaste (1693) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2014
Deep brown with a thin, white, disappearing, nonlacy head. Smells of deep toasted malt, caramel, sweet malt, and a bit of peat. Medium to full oily body. Tastes of toasted malt, caramel, rich malt and a bit of syrup. Nice by very sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (5781) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Worldbeertaste. Pours clear brown with a small bubbly beige head. Aroma of Christmas spice, dark fruit, malts, caramel. Flavor is over moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.


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