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


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RATINGS: 433   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.

DavefromChicago's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2002
Another one of these syrupy concoctions of the Brits - I poured this one into a snifter...there’s something gross about pouring a full bottle of headless brown fluid into say, a pilsener or pint ale glass. The color is, like peat bog brown. I rather liked this beer. It packs the expected heavy malt punch. Mine must have been old ’cause hops were definitely in the background, whereas the description says heavily hopped. Low carbonation. The bottle says to check the bottle cap for dates, etc., but my cap said CKN, not terribly helpful. I bought it in summer so I know its not new. Anyway, I like these sweet, strong English ales to be lightly hopped so I was happy. Aromas and flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, prunes (call ’em dried plums), and orange peel complement the maltiness. Finishes w. enough hoppiness to clean the palate. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (2589) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2016
275 mL bottle shared by ebone1988 for the book. The pour is a dark ruby with a thin ring of light ivory head that leaves a couple spots of lace. The aroma is very sweet. There is a lot of sweet caramel malt right up front and a hint of metallic. This is decent, but it seems really light for a barley wine. Sweet caramel and toasted malts before the metallic malt finishes up. The flavor is really sweet. There is a bright fruit thing happening, lots of molasses, lots of caramel, and then a large dose of metallic. This is probably much older than should be consumed. The balance is there and nice, but it’s extremely sweet and the metallic adder on the malts is not my jam. The mouth feel is thin and slick with a barely there carbonation and a lingeringly sweet metallic molasses on the finish. It’s really interesting, and presumably quite old.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ebone1988 (1414) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20, for the book. Aroma is figs, dark fruit, some spice, molasses, metallic. Appearance is ruby brown, light light light tan head, clear. Taste is fruity, metallic, molasses, spice, malt, pretty off-putting. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, metallic harsh molasses aftertaste. Overall, not good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheKernOwl (194) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
NordicV (1955) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (10441) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer_est_deus (1161) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (6245) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Turtles (2056) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (3119) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Malin_aiisa (879) - 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

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