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


on tap

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RATINGS: 448   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (24781) - Tyres, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2015
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Hazy amber, small head. Floral resinous caramelly nose. Mid sweet with medium-full body and rounded mouthfeel. Woody resinous caramel. Deep malt character. Really bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (3037) - ngelholm, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2015
@ Havregatan 151229. Bottle (275 ml) from Systembolaget. Malty and fruity with dried fruits, sweet caramely, medium to full body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, sweet and malty with dried fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopmaestro (1596) - rebro, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2015
Aroma is sweet and malty, toffee and a slight red berry-ish sensation. Taste is slightly sticky toffee and a small plum sweetness. Theres also a slight umami sensation going on in the background, I cant really put words to it? Interesting take on a Christmas brew, and I will surely have a go or two on this little badboy in the future

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ForlornHope (504) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown-red and pan flat, like stewed tea. Aroma of the same, with some red fruit. Slightly sweet to start, then an aggressive, astringent bitterness. Oily palate. More bitterness to follow with more stewed tea and plum fruits. Not very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gaultier (1703) - SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2015
@ Agards vg 26/12-15. Bottle from Systembolaget. Fruity, overripe fruity and sweet with notes of caramel. Body is medium, some bitterness/astringency with some warming alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (14335) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle Conditioned, 275ml from The Harveys Brewery Bottle Shop, Lewes, E.Sussex. arkish orange brown with off white head. There is a fruity, wine like character from the start, a little like a rum punch with random fruits thrown in, quite apt for a Christmas Day beer whilst roasting the turkey. The smooth maltiness is the dominating characteristic, but there is also an alcohol element, giving some nasal heat. Rather pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Seffle (455) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle from SB 151225. Dark coppery amber with light beige head. Very fruity nose, not citrus but overripe apples. Sweet malty and fruity palate with prunes and plumpudding. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (7812) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2015
275ml bottle at home in Wales, 7.5%, BB April 2016. Red label with santa, candles, bells etc. Dark orange brown, clear, still, small bubbly off-white head, dotted lacing. Aroma is sherry, dates, Christmas cake. Mostly smells of dates. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is quite sweet with toffee, dates, light peppery spice, a little rum and coke. Not bitter but has a bit of oat astringency in the finish. Pretty decent. Its a slow drinker but tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NallePalle (614) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle, 33 cl. Overall pleasant, warming. Sweet but still well balanced. Had this on December 23 evening, prelude to Christmas.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Alphadelic (2232) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2015
I dont really know what to make of this. Its like a bizarre fruity iced tea. Im not really sure whats Christmassy here; is there some orange peel in it? Mild, sweet and with a hint of black tea dryness.

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