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


on tap


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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Cask: Seasonal (December). Also available in 275ml bottles.

Voted Worlds Best Dark Barley Wine at the World Beer Awards 2012.

This strong dark barley wine is reminiscent of the strong stock ales drunk during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and should be treated with respect.

Contains: Barley and Oats.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (14009) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2014
Cask at 32nd WHOAF. It pours jet black with a minimal head. The nose is rich, roasty, earth, umami, liquorice, black jacks, oily, dried fruits and garabaldi biscuits. The taste is big old fashioned liquorice vibe, booze, wood, earth, treacle, eccles cake, oily, umami, charry wood, tar and spice with a rich, warming finish. Full body, low carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Rich and complex. Big liquorice character to it. Crazy stuff, but tough going.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (2571) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2014
Cask at The White Horse, Parsons Green on 24 November 2012. Poured a murky, dark brown, with almost no head. Sweet nutty aroma, lots of malt and caramel. Strong dark fruity flavours, with peal, spice and chewy grain. Finish was toffee, cocoa and roasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (27272) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2013
Cask at Charlies. Clear rd-brown coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of alcohol. Sweet and fruity flavoru of licorice, caramel, dried fruits, hops and alcohol. Sweet and warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (19349) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2013
Cask @ the Wharf, Aalborg. Clear dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit and a little alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish with a little warming alcohol. 231213

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (3276) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2011
Cask at the White Horse Old Ale fest 2011, Parsons Green, London. An amber/copper coloured pour with a very small off white head on top. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, port. Tastes of Christmas, sweet, dark fruit, caramel, raisins, oranges. An all time favourite from Harveys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (7563) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2011
English barley wine. Chestnut color appearance. The head is basically nonexistent. A spicy, brash mouthfeel that wears the alcohol on its sleeve. Caramel malts and dark cherry flavoring. This is definitely a sipper!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2011
Cask at The White Horse, London. With our Mes on a rare visit to the gold paved streets of Larndon where cats walk on their hind legs with knotted hankys on a stick over one shoulder. Sod Noddy Holder, this screams Christmas loud. Huge sweetness and a rich texture. Christmas pud, spices, creme brulee all that good stuff. Couldnt drink glass after glass but its a real treat for one glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyit (3790) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2011
Dark brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of black currant, sweets and black winegums. A flavor of sweets, dark fruits, nuts, prunes and dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (15563) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 27, 2011
Apparently an unofficial alias for the Christmas Ale after Christmas.
Cask (White Horse Parsons Green)
7 lovely sweet spicy, clove Id say, appley aroma.
4 Deep red, next to no head.
8 glorious sweet toffee-apple retronasals. Touch of mushroominess, a little old-ale nuttiness too
5 Sticky sweet palate, no carbonation. Finish to die for, initially a sweet malt rush, quickly a wave of olde mushrooms, and then a gloriously resiny bitterness, which lasts a long time.
16 I often mark down such sweetness, but like Thomas Hardys you sometimes just have to forgive it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (20548) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2010
Cask at the Wenlock Arms, London. Poured a cloudy, ruby-brown with an easy, off-white head. Sour malt aroma with faint fruits and earthy hops. Sweet, tart, malty flavor, also vinous with hints of sugar plums, apples and toffee, syrup and brown sugar. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a sweet, wine-like finish with a boozy kick and more sour notes. Awkward, but decent. Cant really understand the tart, sour fruit notes.

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