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

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RATINGS: 363   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’.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (1240) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (2387) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer4000 (4529) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7058) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
worldbeertaste (1670) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Minderbinder (1887) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle 275ml. [1998] Pours sligthly dirty brown, with almost no head. Aroma is of sugar, dark fruits, madeira. Taste is of sugar, malt. Taste totally collapses. Sligth madeira, weird notes. Oxydated. Sligth cardboard. Palate: very soft carbonation. Overall: Indeed too old, can still be drunk although.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tom10101 (2920) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle (275 ml) 1998. An extra from iguenard, thanks Ian! Murky brown with a very thin beige head and no lacing. Aroma is very oxidized with dark fruits and caramel. Taste is also extremely oxidized with caramel and dark fruits. Body is thin, almost watery. The beer look interesting but it’s a couple of years past is prime. It was a fun experience though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2012
Bottled 22/09/12. A mahogany coloured beer which poured with no head. A sweetish beer with brown fruit notes and cakey boziness throughout. A bit of a caramel edge. Boozy and deep old fashioned English barley wine which is just right for me.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (3049) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Candied plum and dark fruit flavor. Weak body. A watery mouthfeel. Dark and rich looking. The appearance doesn’t quite match the disappointing flavor. Tried with the parents in London in 2012.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (4861) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 12, 2012
9/VI/2012 - 275ml bottle from The Bottle Shop (Canterbury) @ home - BB: V/12 (2012-610)

Clear amber beer, small white aery head, unstable, non adhesive. High viscosity while pouring. Aroma: sweet caramel, nutty, chocolate, dried fruits, sugary, bit of hay, spices. MF: soft to no carbon, full body. Taste: lots and lots of caramel, fudge, nutty, milk chocolate, some spices, little bitter, malty, toast, bready. Aftertaste: dried fruits, little sour, caramel, slightly bitter, brown sugar, french toast, lemon drops.


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