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Harveys Elizabethan Ale 1952-2012 (Bottle)


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Formerly brewed at Harveys
Style: Barley Wine
Lewes, England
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Bottle conditioned - Jubilee Edition.
Note: this is different to the normal Elizabethan.
An exact replica of the ’Coronation Ale’ brewed by Harveys Brewery in 1952 and marketed as Elizabethan Ale. In contrast to its modern counterpart, the original recipe includes flaked barley and black malt. This dark barley wine with its full rich malt character is well hopped with local Fuggle and Golding hops and is brewed in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The 1952 bottling is still drinking well 60 years on and an equal degree of longevity is anticipated with this 2012 bottling.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
worldbeertaste (1795) - West Midlands, - NOV 19, 2012
Dark brown almost black with a beige, lacy, thin, lasting head. Smells of rum and alcohol with spices, deep roast, dark malt, dried dark fruit like cherries and blackcurrant with spices like cinnamon. Full rich oily body. Tastes of full flavoured malt, dark malt with spices that create a rum effect. Cinnamon. I would love to age this for about 10 years if it was bottled conditioned. A great barley wine and distinctly different than the regular Elizabethan Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MPA (942) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 29, 2016
Vintage 2002, 500 ml. Original rating moved from current version and posted on December 04, 2006: Redbrown with light off white head. Aroma of dark mature fruits - madeira and plums comes to mind. Dark fruit in flavour along with raisins and nuts. Soft. 8-3-8-4-16 = 3.9 Rated again April 29, 2016: same score - this time with an even more mellow feel, aroma and flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (16416) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2016
Many thanks to Erzengel for sharing!
Pours very dark reddish brown colour with a small beige head. Aroma of dark overriped fruits, nuts, wood, alcohol. Taste of dark riped fruits, roasted malt, toffee, plums, raisins, wood, some alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erzengel (7547) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 9, 2016
275ml, May 13 BHJ on the purple crown-top. Malty nose with plums. The beer starts intense malty. Dried fruit (black cherries, plums, blue grapes). The body is quite light and easy to drink, but full and deep intense. Smooth caramel, not too much sweetness, not much bitterness. Easy to drink with a very long aftertaste of roasted caramel and dried fruits. Great!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (2531) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle. (7.5% on bottle). Pours a dark orange colour with a thin white head, malty aroma, the taste is sweet and has a sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cuso (7625) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle from bottle-shop.co.uk with ABV of 7.5%. Dark amber color with small white head. Red fruits, grapes, syrup, alcohol in aroma. Taste, sweet plums, burned caramel, syrup, harsh bitterness in finish. Overall very sweet beer. Not very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16615) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2012
Bottle at home (from Harveys online) - 23/10/12. 7.5% ABV also has 1952 - 2012 on the badge to commemorate the Queens Diamond Jubilee. Pours a clear dark chestnut brown with a thin off white head that soon clears to the edges. Nose comprises treacle toffee, fudge, prunes, dates and burnt sugars. Tastes of dark dried fruits, figs, prunes, toffee, caramelised sugars, treacle and a little alcohol although this is well disguised. Medium bodied with fine carbonation leading to a sweet and fruity finish, An enjoyable barley wine!

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