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


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 444   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   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.

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Uriel's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Smells like a christmas pudding. Brandy backbite. Darker brown color with some lacing. Coffee and toffee flavors, this beer is nicely warming.

thepatrickman (1358) - Jevington, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2017
Bottle from the brewery. This is rich enough to give you gout (which is a compliment). It’s a combination of Christmas pudding and vintage port, with a big upfront sweetness, with lots of raisins and plums. It fades slowly and finishes with a long lasting bitterness. It’d be excellent on Christmas Eve.

MoritzF (9901) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - APR 17, 2017
(bottle, 27.5cl) Clear, dark amber colour with a short and slightly tanned foamy layer. Slightly leafy dark malty aroma with fruity notes of umeboshi, raisins, as well as caramel and a whiff of booze. Sweet and mildly bitter flavour, full bodied with a soft carbonation. Initially delicately syrupy malty taste with notes of caramel, dried fruits and umeboshi, drying herbal and earthy hops are kicking in the middle part; moderately sweet-bitter finish with a balanced tart and slightly vinous fruity touch and obvious hints of booze. Pleasant. 17.IV.17

thejackpacker (454) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Bottle from brewery in Lewes. Definitely a beer that must be drunk at the right time I.e at Christmas. It is so full bodied, malty, powerful. Ideal queens speech or Boxing Day beverage replacement for port (or just have both)

john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2017
Bottle. Mahogany/Reddish in colour. Malty; roast malts, toffee, brown sugar. Fruity; dark fruits, raisins, possibly plums, hint of spice. Earthy hops. Sweet malty throughout with some hoppy bitterness in the dry finish. (2009-02)

minutemat (5566) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2017
330ml bottle @ monthly tasting, Chez Sophie, courtesy of Mike. Thanks Mike! Pours deep amber, thin off-white head. Aroma has fruity hints, caramel. Taste is fairly light, caramel, alcohol, ripened fruit.

Borup (14551) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2017
33 cl. bottle. Clear amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of raisin, malt, caramel, spice, dried fruit and sweetness.

Nevalainen (773) - FINLAND - JAN 26, 2017
Clear amber color with tiny off-white head. Aroma of caramel and resins. Taste is medium sweet with notes of malt and dark fruits. Very nice barley wine, well balanced and easy to drink.

sir__v (2629) - FRANCE - JAN 4, 2017
Bottle from Boxbeers.com - Color: clear amber caramel beer with no carbonation and small white foam. Smell: caramel and malt domination. Sweet. Small alcohol finish. Taste: full body with caramel malt, caramel domination and alcohol notes. Quiet well balanced and really drinkable. Good attenuation with spicy hint. OK. Aftertaste: caramel and alcohol.

Leafs93 (2305) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Pours chestnut with a small off white/tannish head. Aroma is earthy, woody, toffee and caramel. Taste is sweet with trace bitters. Medium bodied, smooth and a sticky finish.

BeardedAvenger (799) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle at home. Bought from Inn At Home, Guildford. Floral fruit aroma, but restrained. Chestnut. Traces of an off-white head. Some sweetness, a hint of sourness. Stewed fruits. Medium bodied. Soft, slightly oily. Long finish, although it’s almost just an aftertaste. I’d describe this as laid back. Not as spicy or boozy as I’d expected. Just not sure if that’s a positive or a negative.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 45
Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5