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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12537) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
worldbeertaste (1795) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Minderbinder (3279) - 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 (5293) - 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 (8749) - 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 (4191) - Omaha, Nebraska, 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 (8127) - 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 (8009) - 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 (320) - 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.

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