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


on tap

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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Minderbinder (1581) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tom10101 (2217) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8391) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (2579) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (4069) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrankGKarioris (12) - - JUN 7, 2012
Strong flavors, a huge heady alcoholic aroma as well as taste. Its beautifully, majestically deep notes push all the way through the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (4888) - ITALY - MAY 26, 2012
Mogano schiuma media non molto persistente naso fruttato maltato frutta secca buon corpo inizio dolce abbastanza bilanciato

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Velkyal (275) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2012
Pours a deep russet with a thin slightly yellow head which lingers and revives with each swill of the glass. The aroma is dominating by the sweetness of caramel, with just a hint of spice and maybe a merest hint of tobacco. Tastewise, sweet toffee and burnt sugar dominate, almost like a creme brulee, however the sweetness is far from cloying and the alcohol is superbly integrated. A lovely beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamP01 (514) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2012
A ruby amber on the pour with a small short lived head. Aroma is very fruity, with a bouquet of dark fruits, plums, dates, some yeast, caramel malt, and sweet alcohol esters are present, almost like a brandy. Taste is caramel malt, yeast, dark fruits, plums, dates and some light bitterness. Palate is a full body with a rich creamy texture and soft carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, dates, plums, maybe some light chocolate notes, ending with some sweet slightly bitterness and a lingering alcohol presence, flavors become more pronounced as it warms up. Overall a good ale to sip on cold winter nights

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
magdalar (513) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber with a white head. Smells of dark red fruits and alcohol. Tastes of potent sweet red berries and a mild bitterness. Mostly unrefined sweetness. Finishes dry. Not a fan.

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