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Harveys Christmas Ale (Cask)

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


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Cask: Seasonal (December). Also available in 275ml bottles.

Voted ‘World’s Best Dark Barley Wine’ at the World Beer Awards 2012.

This strong dark barley wine is reminiscent of the strong ‘stock ales’ drunk during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and should be treated with respect.

Contains: Barley and Oats.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (4095) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2016
Pours clear deep copper with low off-white head. Aroma of caramel, light citrus, rye bread. Taste is alcohol bitter, slightly medicinal, with really no balance towards the finish. This is all out bitter. Body is medium full and creamy with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (2404) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2015
Cask in the Royal Oak, Borough. Clear chestnut brown, with reddish tinges and an off white head. Nose has that fruity rhubarb tang which I only ever get from Harvey’s beers in the Royal Oak. Then stewed plums, menthol, caramel, barley sugar, cranberry red berry. Taste is dry hoppy, fruity, cranberry, stewed plums, spices, barley sugar, menthol from the hop. Trying to pick out the spice. Nutmeg, maybe orange and clove. Hop is giving some menthol. I’ve got a residual cold so my palates not quite on form, which is a shame because this is in top condition.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erzengel (7889) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2015
On Cask at the Royal Oak. Thick and spicy beginning. Lots of sweet malt, spices, round and intense. Not too sticky but fresh and round. The aftertaste is long, full-bodied spies, dried plums, apples, Clive. Great aroma and a great complexity! Fascinating!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThirstyBird (2617) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2015
On cask at the Royal Oak, pours a red amber with a tiny tan head. The smell is toasted malt and spice. The taste is spice, toasted malt, quite sweet and ending spicy and a bit dry. Medium in body with mild carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (3671) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2015
Aroma: intense caramel malt, molasses, bread, a touch of wood, slightly more than the bottle version. Appearance: clear, dark brown, very small, creamy, beige head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: caramel malts, toffee, molasses, flat carbonation, great malts, a touch of dark fruits. Overall: OK Barley Wine, niche sweetness, lacks complexity. Pint at The Royal Oak, Borough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
teorn88 (6724) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
Cask at WHOAF 2014, London. It pours a hazy copper color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is sweet with yeast, toffee and ripe fruits. Taste is sweet with notes of sweet cake yeast, candy sugar, molasses. Tasty overall

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Desverger (8636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2014
Cask@Charlies Bar, CPH - reddish brown pour with off white head. Very sweet malty aroma and taste, some caramel, fudge toffee, dried fruit, some herbal notes but overall on this outing but to overt sweet for my palate. ---Sent via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12705) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2014
Cask at 32nd WHOAF. It pours jet black with a minimal head. The nose is rich, roasty, earth, umami, liquorice, black jacks, oily, dried fruits and garabaldi biscuits. The taste is big old fashioned liquorice vibe, booze, wood, earth, treacle, eccles cake, oily, umami, charry wood, tar and spice with a rich, warming finish. Full body, low carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Rich and complex. Big liquorice character to it. Crazy stuff, but tough going.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (2570) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (26157) - 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.

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