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Harveys Elizabethan Ale (Bottle)

Brewed by Harveys
Style: Barley Wine
Lewes, England
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RATINGS: 365   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (2374) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MichaelAwesome (4587) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McTapps (4589) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (656) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2014
275 ml bottle from Wilbur’s. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (2135) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (3362) - 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, it’s got a bit of marmalade, red apple, & cherry cordial. It’s 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. It’s got raisins, plums, and dark fruit galore. The alcohol provides a zippy sting and a touch of warmth to the flavor. It’s lightly earthy, nutty, & pleasantly bitter.... with light notes of cavendish tobacco, & cherry liqueur. This practically defines what I like about the flavor of barleywine, it’s complex and it’s sweet but there is a place for everything and everything is in it’s proper place.

The beer coats the mouth but the alcohol provides just enough of a sharpness that it’s 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (2290) - 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 (3553) - 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 (1983) - 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.

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