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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’.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2002
Very sweet and syrupy. Strong alcohol taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2006 (4 years old)... A crimson siren singing sweet caramel melodies from a thick syrupy sea of alcohol and chocolate malt...And she caresses with the fattest cherries...Her finish is a bit watery and alcoholic though...

(8 years old)...At this point in its evolution, every flavor starts to fade, and its structure starts to crack...The fruity caramel still valiantly holds ground, but alzheimer is affecting it, not remembering how it used to unite flavors so well before...The rating above does not take into account this old sample...

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6258) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2002
1998 bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is dark orange-brown, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (molasses, caramel), with notes of brown sugar, sherry, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation. Dull aged aroma, too sweet. First rating, but second time I’ve sampled.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2002
You’ve got to be joking right? this was horrendously syruppy and sweet (IMHO), raisiny malty flavour, cloying, cloying, cloying, way too sweet, no balance.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2002
Not too much head...diminishes quickly. Caramel aroma and taste.Not too mauch in the way of alcohol. Quite enjoyable though.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
Bottled 1998: More head here than on most barleywines. Very sweet. This just might be one of the best barleywines I’ve ever had - must taste it head-to-head against Victory Old Horizontal. Harvey should follow the barleywine naming tradition and call this Old Elizabethan Ale. This one’s really rather mild, and that’s why I like it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2004 More impressive than most barleywines I've had. Color like a darker brown or darker nut brown ale. Spices evident along with hints of fruit. Maybe raisins, plums, etc. Great winter warmer or digestif. Perfect for dessert. Nice strong ale. Recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
benzim (36) - USA - JUL 22, 2002
Sweet and sherry like. Nice sipping beer for a winter’s night. Needs a bigger bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 16, 2002
Excelent, big malty alcohol nose that got me excited. Big with a fruity malt charecter, very warming. Highly enjoyed. ’Reminds me of hard drugs.’ Zach

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JUL 16, 2002
this one packs a wollop, way more body than meets the eye, mmmmm


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