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Harveys Elizabethan Ale (Bottle)

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


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RATINGS: 358   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 Queen’s 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 Brewers’ Exhibition 1968, was awarded the Championship Gold Medal. Regular drinkers simply asked for a ‘Lizzie’.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (1532) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2013
@Sergio’s/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 doesn’t fall into any recognizable style (I’ve had several barley wines, of which this isn’t) but it is easy to sip, and actually satisfying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Erzengel (1907) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2013
Dunkelgoldene Farbe, angenehm hopfen-blumiger, malzig-süßlicher Geruch. Der Antrunk ist dickflüssig, malzig, angenehm süß. Im Hauptteil ist das Bier genau richtig abgewogen zwischen herb-aromatisch und malzig-süß, ohne irgendwie penetrant zu werden. Der Nachgeschmack ist lang anhaltend, malzig-karamellig und schön herb. Faszinierend und ideal abgewogen, Sehr toll. Dickflüssig, karamellig. Die 8,1% sind nicht zu schmecken. Sehr schön vollmundig! --> Tolles Bier!! 12,14,12,13,12,14 - 13,25

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (1753) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2013
Bottle in Royal Oak shared with Ian, Steve and Tom. Colour is pale copper brown, medium white bubbly head. Nose is boiled sweet, caramel, ale fruity, light spicy malt, quite a lot of husky cereal grain malt. Taste is tangy, sweet, cereal malt husky, caramel. It’s got quite a hard bitter sweetness and an alcoholic kick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (13348) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2013
8th October 2012
Opaque dark brown beer, little tan head. Nice of mild coffee and lactose. Palate is fairly neutral. Mild minerals. Mild tangy coffee and a little lactose. Finishes neutral.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (4863) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2013
Shared bottle at Edinburgh tasting. Pours dark amber with no head at all. Aroma is sweet, caramel and sugars. Smooth mouthfeel and low carbonated. Dark fruits, vinous, some soy, light alcohol warmth, good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (974) - SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2013
Clean brown, wee watery head. Musty sweet nose. Thick and rich initial taste, almost liqueur dense sweetness. Not a bitter but more frothy smooth finish. Surprisingly held up.

Bottle, Gunnar Tasting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (2013) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2013
Bottle, thanks Craig. Brown with little to no head. Smells oxidised, dried fruits, sherry. Similar taste, raisins, prunes and caramel. Thick and sweet. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer4000 (4313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 17, 2013
500 ml bottle, 2002 vintage sampled in 2007. Dark brown body with a medium sized beige head. Not particular strong but nice aroma of malt, caramel, cherries and vinous alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, fruit, acidic berries and vinous. Quite complex. Fine body and pleasant aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (5511) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle at home. It pours clear red-Brown with pretty much no head. The nose is toffee, fruit cake, tinned fruit, over-ripe pineapple, cherry, spice and wood. The taste is toffee, maple syrup, fruit cake, wood, vanilla, leather, spice, wood polish, raisin and some alcohol warmth with a smooth, sweet finish. Medium-full body, low carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Balance is spot on. Dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
worldbeertaste (1546) - AUSTRIA - NOV 21, 2012
Clear medium dark copper with a red tint and a fizzy, no lace, disappearing tan head. Smells of malt, raisins, dark fruit like cherries, raisins, plum, almonds, marzipan or vanilla. I think it has a Christmas cake nose. Medium to full oily body with soft carbonation. Sweet toasted malt with caramel. Woody and smooth with vanilla, chocolate and alcohol. Would be nice to age it to get that booze taste out. Smoky elements. Very nice, its a strong ale that moved to the next stage and became something special.

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