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


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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Cask: Seasonal (December). Also available in 275ml bottles.

Voted Worlds Best Dark Barley Wine at the World Beer Awards 2012.

This strong dark barley wine is reminiscent of the strong stock ales drunk during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and should be treated with respect.

Contains: Barley and Oats.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
thejackpacker (374) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Cask at pub opposite brewery in Lewes. I knew they had some problems with the batch this year with the Christmas ale (which apparently justified mental price put on a half pint!!!). The taste was quite odd from cask and was surprised how much it tastes like an off port...not pleasant given this is one of my favourite Christmas beers in bottle form.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (3034) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Cask Half Pint at White Horse, Parsons Green, London in Dec 2009 - Reddish Brown in colour. Syrupy sweet. Very Fruity; dark fruits, raisins, oranges, berries. Spicy. Malty; caramel, toffee, candy sugar, toasty malts. Earthy hops. Vinous; sherry-like. Very sweet fruity malty throughout. Dry fruity malty finish. Good, but wouldnt be able to drink more than a half due to overwhelming sweetness. (2009-12)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (13797) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2016
From cask at Charlies Bar. Dark amber colour without a head. Aroma and flavour of malt, dried fruit, caramel, spice and a mild bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (4709) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2016
Pours clear deep copper with low off-white head. Aroma of caramel, light citrus, rye bread. Taste is alcohol bitter, slightly medicinal, with really no balance towards the finish. This is all out bitter. Body is medium full and creamy with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdKing (2550) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2016 Cask in the Royal Oak, Borough. Clear chestnut brown, with reddish tinges and an off white head. Nose has that fruity rhubarb tang which I only ever get from Harveys beers in the Royal Oak. Then stewed plums, menthol, caramel, barley sugar, cranberry red berry. Taste is dry hoppy, fruity, cranberry, stewed plums, spices, barley sugar, menthol from the hop. Trying to pick out the spice. Nutmeg, maybe orange and clove. Hop is giving some menthol. Ive got a residual cold so my palates not quite on form, which is a shame because this is in top condition. Rerate - had the 2016 version absolutely bang on form. Goes up from a 4 to a 4.2.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erzengel (8496) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2015
On Cask at the Royal Oak. Thick and spicy beginning. Lots of sweet malt, spices, round and intense. Not too sticky but fresh and round. The aftertaste is long, full-bodied spies, dried plums, apples, Clive. Great aroma and a great complexity! Fascinating!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThirstyBird (2877) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2015
On cask at the Royal Oak, pours a red amber with a tiny tan head. The smell is toasted malt and spice. The taste is spice, toasted malt, quite sweet and ending spicy and a bit dry. Medium in body with mild carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (4492) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2015
Aroma: intense caramel malt, molasses, bread, a touch of wood, slightly more than the bottle version. Appearance: clear, dark brown, very small, creamy, beige head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: caramel malts, toffee, molasses, flat carbonation, great malts, a touch of dark fruits. Overall: OK Barley Wine, niche sweetness, lacks complexity. Pint at The Royal Oak, Borough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
teorn88 (7647) - Rimini, ITALY - DEC 22, 2014
Cask at WHOAF 2014, London. It pours a hazy copper color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is sweet with yeast, toffee and ripe fruits. Taste is sweet with notes of sweet cake yeast, candy sugar, molasses. Tasty overall

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Desverger (10836) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2014
[email protected] Bar, CPH - reddish brown pour with off white head. Very sweet malty aroma and taste, some caramel, fudge toffee, dried fruit, some herbal notes but overall on this outing but to overt sweet for my palate. ---Sent via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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