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Harveys Christmas Ale / Strong Winter Ale (Cask)

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

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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Seasonal - December. Has been seen on sale after Christmas as "Strong Winter Ale".
Christmas Ale is a strong "Barley Wine" brewed to a strength similar to the beers produced by the Tudor brewers in the time of Queen Elizabeth 1. This dark, heavily hopped Seasonal Brew is an ideal accompaniment to the festive season. A Merry Christmas to all.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (1802) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2014
Cask at The White Horse, Parsons Green on 24 November 2012. Poured a murky, dark brown, with almost no head. Sweet nutty aroma, lots of malt and caramel. Strong dark fruity flavours, with peal, spice and chewy grain. Finish was toffee, cocoa and roasted malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20810) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2013
Cask at Charlies. Clear rd-brown coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of alcohol. Sweet and fruity flavoru of licorice, caramel, dried fruits, hops and alcohol. Sweet and warming alcoholic finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (11217) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2013
Cask @ the Wharf, Aalborg. Clear dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit and a little alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish with a little warming alcohol. 231213

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2017) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2011
Cask at the White Horse Old Ale fest 2011, Parsons Green, London. An amber/copper coloured pour with a very small off white head on top. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, port. Tastes of Christmas, sweet, dark fruit, caramel, raisins, oranges. An all time favourite from Harveys.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (4608) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
English barley wine. Chestnut color appearance. The head is basically nonexistent. A spicy, brash mouthfeel that wears the alcohol on its sleeve. Caramel malts and dark cherry flavoring. This is definitely a sipper!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2011
Cask at The White Horse, London. With our Mes on a rare visit to the gold paved streets of Larndon where cats walk on their hind legs with knotted hanky’s on a stick over one shoulder. Sod Noddy Holder, this screams Christmas loud. Huge sweetness and a rich texture. Christmas pud, spices, creme brulee all that good stuff. Couldn’t drink glass after glass but it’s a real treat for one glass.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyit (3460) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2011
Dark brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of black currant, sweets and black winegums. A flavor of sweets, dark fruits, nuts, prunes and dark fruits.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (9359) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 27, 2011
Apparently an unofficial alias for the Christmas Ale after Christmas.
Cask (White Horse Parsons Green)
7 lovely sweet spicy, clove I’d say, appley aroma.
4 Deep red, next to no head.
8 glorious sweet toffee-apple retronasals. Touch of mushroominess, a little old-ale nuttiness too
5 Sticky sweet palate, no carbonation. Finish to die for, initially a sweet malt rush, quickly a wave of olde mushrooms, and then a gloriously resiny bitterness, which lasts a long time.
16 I often mark down such sweetness, but like Thomas Hardy’s you sometimes just have to forgive it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11030) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2010
Cask at the Wenlock Arms, London. Poured a cloudy, ruby-brown with an easy, off-white head. Sour malt aroma with faint fruits and earthy hops. Sweet, tart, malty flavor, also vinous with hints of sugar plums, apples and toffee, syrup and brown sugar. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a sweet, wine-like finish with a boozy kick and more sour notes. Awkward, but decent. Can’t really understand the tart, sour fruit notes.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2010
Cask in the royal oak. Alround rating: Well punch me in the granny this was good. Big toffee malt sweetness, harveys minerally character actually helps to balance more than any hop, the juicey fruit cake fruit richness is perfect. The best barley wine iv had in a long time.


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