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


on tap

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RATINGS: 463   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2004
2000 A.D. bottle: Deep garnet body with no head at all, even from a direct pour. Fruity, vinous nose. Like a fortified wine. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy, syrupy, slight carbonation. Flavor was sweet, vinous, alcoholic.

badgerben (5372) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Pours a brownish/redish color with a dinky head. A little thick and sticky for the mouthfeel. Not much flavor, just a little barley and alcohol.

robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Brown Coloring with a Little Red. Small Head. Syrapy. Spice. Barley. Not bad, but nothing wonderful.

TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JUN 18, 2004
reddish brown in color, very minimal head sweet cranberry like taste. texture is a bit syrupy.

ClarkVV (6940) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 6, 2004
Undated bottle. Thick, syrupy looking dark brown pour. Some red hues on the edges, light oranges as well. Small diminishing off-white head. Lightly bubbly. Aroma of dry barley, lots of raisins, prunes, brown sugar, alcohol and sweet cherries. Touch of hops adds some nice earthiness. Flavor is heavily sweet, prunes, figs, raisins and sweet black cherries. Not seeing much balancing bitterness and not much alcohol noticeable either. Mouthfeel is very flat, lightly thin, only a medium body, a touch syrupy.

Spiesy (2337) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2005 Bottled. Tawny brown with very little head. Classic barley wine aroma, flavour and texture. This beer is straight out of the text book. Sugary sweet but with more hop structure then most beers. Integrity, character and substance.
Re-rated, at the Market Porter. 28/12/04<i/> Extra cloves and spice on this occasion but just as sweet. Very rich barley wine.

thegreenrooster (4626)
- St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Pours a dark brown with almost no head. looks like molasses. Flavor is burn sugar and carmel that turns into a very thick swallow.

CEZ (420) - 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.

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.

thedm (6320) - 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.

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