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Harveys Elizabethan Ale (Bottle)

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

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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Generally available only in pasteurised bottle. Has occasionally appeared in cask. Currently 8.2%, but has been brewed at 8.1% and 8.3%.
Note: this is different to the 2012 Jubilee edition.
Originally brewed to mark the Queenís Coronation in 1953, this golden barley wine proved so popular that it has been brewed ever since. It is comparable in strength to the beer produced by Tudor brewers during the reign of Elizabeth I. It has won many prizes and, at the International Brewersí Exhibition 1968, was awarded the Championship Gold Medal. Regular drinkers simply asked for a ĎLizzieí.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (4731) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle at Craigís, bbe 2006. Nose is dates and raisins, taste is almost like flat oxidised sherry, very sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (957) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 19, 2015
amber-gold honey color with no head. Aroma is a sweet neutral and mellow honey and touch of sap and grass. Body is medium, oily-watery-syrupy, light carbonation, medium-fine, with little prickle burn. Flavor is a light herbal hay couples with a nectar honey-caramel fusion. Delicious and addicting flavor. Lack of head is a big detractor. Body is lacking in carbonation too, although some is present. Overall, the good flavor makes up for it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (2444) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Pours a slightly mahogany umber color with a finger of eggshell foam. Lots of burnt honey, creamy toffee, bitter walnut, cocoa powder and some lingering earthy black tea. Seems a bit young but nice mouthfeel and booze to sweetness ratio is nicely integrated.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonathonsti (29) - - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle - pours a dark chocolate black with little head. Mixed aromas of fruits (plums), malts and caramel. Taste of sweet malts balanced by fruity hops. Nice balance to this.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MichaelAwesome (4911) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2014
Very special piwo shared with McTapps. This one offers plums and some other sour fruits with some lactose in the back. Carbo is medium, alcohol definitely tasteable and beside being sick and heavy those fruity moments make this one special. Though, the drinkability is limited therefore I was not that convinced.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McTapps (4911) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle from the MIddle Center Cider Farm in Lewes-Firle. Pours out in a deep dark brown colour with low head and smooth body. Aroma of plums, prunes and barley. Taste of prunes, grapes, dried fruits, roasted barley, torf, leaves and light chocolate. Light dusty hints. Nice to drink, smooth to finish. Enjoyed it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (751) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2014
275 ml bottle from Wilburís. Appearance: finger khaki head, that does not last, no lacing, amber brown color, clear, Aroma: prune, port, molasses, medium full body, light carbonation, oily and alcoholic, thin. Taste: sweet prune fruit, into fuller maltiness and oats, light alcohol and prune fruit finish. Overall, super awesome! love the body, love the aroma and taste. Great balance.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (2202) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle form Harveys brewery shop, Lewes, East Sussex. A dark golden/amber coloured pour with virtually no head to speak of. Sweet, fruity, caramel aroma. Tastes quite sweet, fruity, caramel, rich, slightly musty and boozy. Been meaning to try this one for years. A nice old English barley wine.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (3427) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Pours the a deep beautiful red hue with a small but well retained head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very malty, itís got a bit of marmalade, red apple, & cherry cordial. Itís lightly sweet smelling.

The flavor is really something all the toffee and caramel you could wish for but with a sense of restraint on the sugary sweetness. Itís got raisins, plums, and dark fruit galore. The alcohol provides a zippy sting and a touch of warmth to the flavor. Itís lightly earthy, nutty, & pleasantly bitter.... with light notes of cavendish tobacco, & cherry liqueur. This practically defines what I like about the flavor of barleywine, itís complex and itís sweet but there is a place for everything and everything is in itís proper place.

The beer coats the mouth but the alcohol provides just enough of a sharpness that itís never quite syrupy.

I never expected to enjoy this beer this much, what a beautiful interpretation of the style, I really must buy more of this.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (2467) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2013
@Sergioís/Louisville Cloudy dark mahogany, only a rim head, cobwebs of lace show as I drink it. Taste is sweet caramel malt with toffee and mild prunes. The drink is lacking in carbonation, which is a little off-putting, but it makes up for it with alcohol warmth in the semi-sweet finish, almost as if this is a caramel schnapps. Hard to assess since it doesnít fall into any recognizable style (Iíve had several barley wines, of which this isnít) but it is easy to sip, and actually satisfying.


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