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

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RATINGS: 360   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’.


2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
TwoSipDip (8880) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Bottle @ home. Pours a dark amber appearance with a whitish head that disappears quickly. Sweet caramel malty, somewhat musty, some bathroom cleanser-like, dusty nose. Quite strong, medium boozy, caramel malty, a touch watery, quite sweet flavor. Not very smooth and the booze is strong.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2011
[1998 bottle] shared by jk. Pours hazy caramel with no head. Aroma is moderate oxidation, butterscotch, very powdery malts, brandied fruits, a touch of chocolate, and, honest to god, and I’m channeling Guerde here, but I get a bit of urinal cake. Flavor is fairly sweet, some powdery caramel, butterscotch, candied dates, and nice oxidation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2011
1998 vintage courtesy of jk. The body has a thin ring of large bubbles. Dark brown color. Butterscotch aroma with undercurrents of dates and raisins. The flavor is very sweet with a lovely butterscotch character.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Bottle. A - Dark ruby with an orange hue. Tiny, foamy, bubbly, off-white head. The head doesn’t stick around very long leaving a thin lace. S - Nice old ale aroma with burnt caramel, toffee and butterscotch. Also some spice, hints of dark fruit, berry, and apple. There is a slight alcohol aroma along with a very faint phenol aroma. There is some sherry/port aroma but it doesn’t dominate for a 12-13 year old old ale. T - Raisin, burnt caramel, toffee, and butterscotch are the biggest providers of the flavor. Some other faint dark fruit. A touch of alcohol as well. My major problem is that it doesn’t last long enough. Fairly sweet with a slight spice kick. M - Medium body with low carbonation (to be expected) and fairly slick, oily feel. D - Goes down easy, and it is a nice drink. Not quite as full or big in flavors as I was expecting. Definitely wouldn’t have more than one in a night, but it is nice. Notes: Didn’t see a date but I was told it was ’98 and from other reviews that looks right. Decent old ale, but nothing to write home about. Sweet dark fruit and some alcohol provide the most flavor. Lacks a bit of the fullness and complexity that I would expect from a 12-13 year old ale. I liked it, and it had some regular old ale aspects, but it is nothing special and didn’t show the complexity that can come with aging some old ales.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
[3374-20100904] 9.3floz bottle. Not much aroma, some mild fruit malt and stinky peat. Slightly hazy, dark brown amber body with a medium-lasting creamy light tan head. Roasted fruit skins flavour with peach hints. Medium-full boozy body. Good.
(w/ jerc)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6178) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Bottle:   Copper hued amber, thin sudsy off-white head, sparce lacing.   Soft barnish biscuity malt aroma, slight pale fruit as well.   Semi-sweet start, fruity in the apple/pear sense.   On the malty side, very little hop presense.   Has this really musty sweet basement aroma.   It also seems a little spicy.   Comes across as a sweet malty somewhat fruity Barley Wine.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Clean, lighter more fruity example of a Barley Wine.   Not a hop oriented one thats for sure.   Its also not as heavy as other English examples.   Decent, clean, but more of an English Strong.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rand (1250) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 21, 2010
Bottle 275 ml from Slijterij van Bergen in Eindhoven (NL). Amber red with a thin head with big bubbles, otherwise flat. Nose alcohol and molasses, fig and cognac notes. The mouth is syrupy, sticky burned toffy, with plum, dried fruit, Madeira. Cordial, warm and heavy, of course, it is liqueur-like, long in final malted, bitter and heady. With Stilton is an Alleluia.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (4376) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2010
275ml bottle from Westholme Stores, Goring. ABV 8.1% Bright golden amber with a ring of white head; rich aroma of barley sugar, and apricots; thick oily texture, more barley sugar and caramel flavours, but not too sweet; with a rich vinous finish. An excellent barley wine.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2010
Bottle. 275 ml, 8.1% vol. Thanks to Mes. The bottle looks a few years old. Reddish brown colour with a beige head. Sweet & malty, vinous, fruity, caramel, jam, berries, earth, nuts, a bit of bitterness just to balance all the malt. Tasty with cheese. A very nice barley wine! My 1000th rating.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle from? I don’t know but easily over a year and half old. Wow! What a cool beer this is, took me completely by surprise. Pours a fairly flat somewhat viscous brown with a minimal bubbly head. Aroma is lovely nutty, rich booze accents the nuttiness, just a hint of buttery toffee, not much fruit, really an extraordinary toffee aroma, not in a overly diacetyl way though. Flavor follows, nice rich nutty flavor, toffee, very smooth, 8% is a nice abv for this and seems to fit perfectly, some subtle cotton candy flavors, brown sugar, bit of fruit cake, raisins, touch of coffee, this is just plain delicious, very balanced and isn’t cloying like similar English BW. Medium bodied, a bit gritty, basically no carbonation, not too viscous and stays drinkable, very drinkable. Great beer!!!


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