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

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 447   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 Ales 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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CEZ (414) - Milano, ITALY - MAY 4, 2004
Pepsi-like brown body, dark and clear. Short-lived head. Caramel and warm notes in the aroma (sherry wine, orange and a hint of tea). A bit molassy at first, with sugary malt and raisins; but the finish gets a bit more bitter. Medium/full bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2004
Aroma of caramel, wine, and molasses. Flavor is of caramel and licorice. The beer is a bit to sweet and sits in your stomach like snowball syrup. Its a nice beer to try but I don't think I will get it again.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thedm (6043) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2004
This bottled brew poured a small sized head of quickly diminishing light brown clear colored fine to medium sized bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body was hazy carbonated and light brown colored. The aroma was mildly malty and hoppy with a distinguishable Barley Wine note to it. The mouth feel was mildly tingly at the start and finished with a mildly vinuous note. The flavor was a bit off IMHO and contained notes of malt hop mild vinuousness with a souring finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (5077) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Bottle. A very small tan head. The body was cloudy and uncarbonated with an orange brown hue. The aroma was fruity, sweet and alcohol. The flavor was sweet, caramel, and sugary and finished sour tasting. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth and there was no lacing with this beer. Nothing really special going on with this beer in my opinion.

1.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Ron (3848) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2004
The one bottle I received of this as part of a Christmas present must have gone bad. It poured a little head and was nasty going down

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlimJimDrinker (115) - Nrrebronx, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2004
Sharp fruity aroma, maybe straw/raspberry.... Fruity taste with a smoky, dusty finish

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotdogs (13) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2004
pours with a small, lacy head, deep walnut brown, and quite heavy in the glass. aroma = really heavy on the mollassis, sharp pepper and clove, a little gamey. mouthfeel = fatty/juicy huge feel. taste = thick with mollasis, fades softly into chocolate and malt,with a little bitter in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (4147) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Reddish brown with a thin halo of bubbles. Nose is intensely vinous, sweet and lightly tart. Mild carbonation. Slightly syrupy on the tongue. Loads of sugary malt in the body. Notes of grape and toffee. Just a slight bit of bitterness to match the sweetness. Tasty but not well-balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (36412) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2004
The aroma is lovely; sweet with notes of caramel, cloves, and bread. The color is a deep red and it has a small though disappearing beige head. The flavor is sweet too with notes of caramel, yeast, roasted bread, and alcohol running over the tongue. The end is slightly bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PeterA (342) - EL SALVADOR - FEB 13, 2004
Nice warm aroma, some sweetness, but not too much. Kind of a deep cherry color, not a lot of head. Nice warm malty-sweet flavor, but the alcohol is definitely there. The palate is a little thin, but the slight bitterness to the aftertaste works well. A well done beer.


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