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


on tap

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RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Bottled: 275ml only. Edition: 2013-current. Has occasionally appeared in cask.
Older versions with a slightly different ABV (up to 8.2%).

Elizabethan Ale was originally produced in celebration of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This strong barley wine is reminiscent of the "October Ales" which were brewed in domestic brewhouses during the sixteenth century.

A full, malty palate with a lingering bitterness and warming spirit content.

Contains: Barley and Oats.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2003
This was one of the best beers of the year. It featured great complexity of flavor and aroma, displaying touches of licorice, raisin and sherry as well as the usual attributes of a fine English Barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3808) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2003
Bottled. Deep amber/chestnut colour, thin off white head that quickly evaporates and low condition. Thick toffee and caramel aromas with a slight burnt smoky edge. Seems initially quite thin in the mouth but starts to reveal itself if you let it slosh about a little before swallowing. Good malt flavours with a nutty roastiness mingled with toffee and alcohol. Slight metallic note noticable in the long hop bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3192) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2003
Elizabethan Ale looks like an apple cider and has the aroma of a good doppelbock, with a heavy prune scent. The flavor reflects an interesting mix of doppelbock and barleywine characteristics: prune and raisins dominate at first, followed by sugary malts. The body is syrupy and rich, thicker than the typical doppelbock but right in line with barleywines (unintentional rhyme). A very nice beverage, but I do recommend moderation: this is too syrupy sweet for session consumption.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (7404) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 Rerate Just did not blow my socks off as much this time around - not quite the same maltiness, still very good however and an excellent nightcap Original 4.2 Wow - like taking a plug of chewing tobacco, throwing some raisins and molasses in it and squeezing out the juices. Looks the same way too! Sweet molasses aroma, thin, barely there head. Quite the bellywarmer - hides the alcohol well. Could see myself drinking this in some dark pub in London on a cold foggy winter’s night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2003
1998 vintage, sampled 2003. Medium dark brown, very little head. This reminded me a little of Moonraker, without the suspended bits. Smells like a poptart -- very fruity, berries, raisins. Flavor is tobacco, leather, raisins, a shot of worchestershire or vinegar. A little salty flavor. Lasting roasted aftertaste, not much fizz. Pretty impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Pungently sweet aroma, ruby brown color with a lingering head and light, visible carbonation. Rich malty flavor with hints of caramel and wood. Mildly hoppy finish. REALLY nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2003
1996. Dark red color, very little head. syrupy aroma. Very very sweet. Bottle 0991. Pretty cool.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 8, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2003 Beautiful ruby color with a small white head. The aroma was full of sweet grapes...malt...no bitterness. The flavor was very sweet...much like grape juice...some nice roasted tones complimented the sweet flavor. Creamy feel with a crisp, dry finish. Very mild for a barley wine, but enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2667) - GERMANY - FEB 28, 2003
Very nice, reserved barley wine. Not complex - simple enjoyment. Starts with a light sweet malt nose (very honey-like) with fresh hops. Dark ruby red-brown color and foamy low tight head with lace. Fruity and toasted malt taste with toffee flavors in the middle. Rather quick profile and thinner than other barley wines. Smooth texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2003
Unfaked clear taste. Malty with hoppy undertones, honey and cherries. Also cherry and malt and chocolate in the nose. Red brown color with a little layer of a head. Long lasting light smooth bitter syrupy aftertaste.

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