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

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RATINGS: 426   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.


gwfrankpsu's rating

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - FEB 2, 2004
No head though the beer might be flat, but the beer was fine. Well, nice aroma with a hint of the 8.1% ABV and a warming, malty taste. I found the beer thin on the palate with a weak finish. Not a great beer, but nice on a cold winter night.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Turtles (1190) - 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 (2719) - 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 (471) - 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 (1505) - 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 (2210) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SirLimpsalot (3119) - SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2016
@ Basunen 16-1-6: trevlig doft av kola. Mycket humlig med toner av kola, trokadero, russin och nötter. Fin och klibbig.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
closey22 (1380) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Dark reddish brown no head; aroma is malty with a hint of berry; flava is malt sugar touch of wood and molasses; feels thick creamy no fizz; finishes tangy malty slightly bitter

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maverick34 (2784) - New York, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Poured a medium viscous brown. Nuts? Fruits spices. Some yeasty syrupy gunk. Ok but a bit off.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (22270) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (2066) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2015
@ Havregatan 151229. Bottle (275 ml) from Systembolaget. Malty and fruity with dried fruits, sweet caramely, medium to full body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, sweet and malty with dried fruits.


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