Harveys Christmas Ale (Bottle)

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

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on tap
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RATINGS: 452   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: 275ml only. Also available on draught throughout December.

Christmas Ale’s popularity made it difficult to restrict its availability to just the Festive Season. Fortunately, the high alcohol level enables us to brew enough to last most of the year so enthusiasts can be kept happy all year round.

It is heavily hopped, dark and strong, like Christmas Pudding in a glass!

Contains: Barley and Oats.

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3.6
axl (1077) - Lund, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2017
275ml bottle. Aroma is sweet and malty with dried fruits, chocolate, toffee, light coffee and touches of Christmas pudding. Taste is equally sweet with milk chocolate, toffee, light sweet coffee notes, dried fruits and Christmas pudding. Medium, creamy and slightly sticky mouthfeel, light carbonation and sweet milk chocolate and Christmas pudding aftertaste.

3.4
hirigalzkar (3271) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2017
Bottle. Strong, sweet and rather bittern with notes of dried fruits and green apples.

3.2
fillepolo (1131) - SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2017 Bottle from systembolaget. Pours a brown colour beer with a medium head. Malty and dried fruity with notes of rasins. Dry bitter finish.

3.7
gopherfan99 (2012) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2017
Bottle; pours murky brown with a thin ring of tan head; sweet aroma of dark fruits and caramel; taste is sweet with caramel, dark fruits, and malt; dry finish is a little bitter with some alcohol warming.

3.8
dynamiteninja (1889) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2017
Bottle. No head. Dark gold body. Rich red fruits, glace cherries, sherry. Bittersweet with a dry finish.

3.5
thepatrickman (1502) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2017
Bottle from the brewery. This is rich enough to give you gout (which is a compliment). It’s a combination of Christmas pudding and vintage port, with a big upfront sweetness, with lots of raisins and plums. It fades slowly and finishes with a long lasting bitterness. It’d be excellent on Christmas Eve.

3.6
MoritzF (10095) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - APR 17, 2017
(bottle, 27.5cl) Clear, dark amber colour with a short and slightly tanned foamy layer. Slightly leafy dark malty aroma with fruity notes of umeboshi, raisins, as well as caramel and a whiff of booze. Sweet and mildly bitter flavour, full bodied with a soft carbonation. Initially delicately syrupy malty taste with notes of caramel, dried fruits and umeboshi, drying herbal and earthy hops are kicking in the middle part; moderately sweet-bitter finish with a balanced tart and slightly vinous fruity touch and obvious hints of booze. Pleasant. 17.IV.17

3.4
thejackpacker (637) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Bottle from brewery in Lewes. Definitely a beer that must be drunk at the right time I.e at Christmas. It is so full bodied, malty, powerful. Ideal queens speech or Boxing Day beverage replacement for port (or just have both)

3.3
john44 (3392) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2017
Bottle. Mahogany/Reddish in colour. Malty; roast malts, toffee, brown sugar. Fruity; dark fruits, raisins, possibly plums, hint of spice. Earthy hops. Sweet malty throughout with some hoppy bitterness in the dry finish. (2009-02)

3
minutemat (6062) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2017
330ml bottle @ monthly tasting, Chez Sophie, courtesy of Mike. Thanks Mike! Pours deep amber, thin off-white head. Aroma has fruity hints, caramel. Taste is fairly light, caramel, alcohol, ripened fruit.


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