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


on tap

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RATINGS: 441   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (4061) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (35711) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Deep brown, virtually no head. Aroma of baking bread and malt. Flavors of molasses dominate, along with some brown bread and caramel notes. Hops to balance. Sweet without enough zest to clean the palate. So-so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - FEB 2, 2004
No head though the beer might be flat, but the beer was fine. Well, nice aroma with a hint of the 8.1% ABV and a warming, malty taste. I found the beer thin on the palate with a weak finish. Not a great beer, but nice on a cold winter night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2004
2002 Bottle. Caramel, butterscotch and treacle in the aroma, clear garnet, tiniest of toffee heads. Fine bitter malt flavour, very woody, and nutty too. Full bodied, quite bitter. So big a mouthfeel for such a small one, nice for this time of year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (19831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2004
Amber color. Fruity hop aroma (Cascade-like). Strong, sweet, malty, oranges Almost an IPA. The only really good one by Harvey's, I had so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Rich dark brown wih very light carbonation. Brown sugar and fruity esters. warming alcohol with some dry flintiness in the aftertaste. spices, perhaps a hint of ginger.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (12277) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 12, 2004
clear red-amber colour with almost no foam, strong hoppiness with notes of caramel and apricots (cascade ?), full-bodied, oily and bitter, dry and fruity finish with some alcohol notes - complex and very pleasant

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