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


on tap

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RATINGS: 447   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 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 (20218) - 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 (12530) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2675) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Bottle. A deep dark brown color with a little to no head. Spicy plum and raisin aroma with a syrupy thick body and sweet and slightly sour (fruit) flavor. A pleasant christmas spice is sprinkled throughout the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Very dark tint with absolutely no head at all. There aren't really even bubble streams. Faint aroma of caramel sweetness and malts. The flavor is quite nice though: caramel, toffee, malty goodness, and enough hops for some balance. The finish is also pretty sweet. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2003
I have trouble getting used to the brews from this brewer.I've had quite a few elizabethan ales from them and they just don't do it for me so this will be hopefully a nice change.Dark brown color,No head of any kind or what little was there faded quickly enough to be unnoticeable.The aroma was malty sweet and hints of raisin and caramel with a light spicy note to it.The feel was kind of heavy and some what syrupy,with the taste being malty sweet with hints of fruit and spice,caramel and toffee.It's just as i was thinking it would be the syrupy feel really doesn't work for me,it kind of makes this brew a little hard to swallow.The flavors are ok just the feel makes me want to be sick reminds me of a few liquers drank straight up.It's worth trying but for me thats all i'm going to do.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2003
2002 bottle. Spicy apple aroma. pours a cloudy brown with no head. very syrupy and sweet. has pleasant hints of spice and sweetness. a bit of alcohol comes through as well. unfortunately this beer doesn't have much carbonation therefore i have taken away some points in the rating. overall not bad.

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