Harveys Elizabethan Ale (Bottle)

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Bottled: 275ml only. Edition: 2013-current. Has occasionally appeared in cask.
Older versions with a slightly different ABV (up to 8.2%).

Elizabethan Ale was originally produced in celebration of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This strong barley wine is reminiscent of the "October Ales" which were brewed in domestic brewhouses during the sixteenth century.

A full, malty palate with a lingering bitterness and warming spirit content.

Contains: Barley and Oats.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bill Becker (906) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 4, 2016
A- slowly forming head of foam after the pour, at its max less than an inch and that fades quickly. S- caramel malt, Port like nose, slight dark fruits. T- caramel malt with again, Port like flavour, some butterscotch, hints of dark fruits. M- medium to medium high body, no carbonation. O- very tasty brew with the alcohol well hidden. I dig it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyit (3790) - Vadum, DENMARK - APR 25, 2016
Reddish brown of color with a very weak off white head. An aroma of malt, molasse, sugar, prunes, chocolate and raisins. A flavor of port, sugar, candy, malty and no bitterness at all!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (4615) - South Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2016
Shared 20 year old bottle from 1996! (Thanks Dan!) Clear deep red-brown body. Excellent sweet bitter balance. Rich and complex taste. Lasting malty flavor with hints of molasses, toffee, and vanilla. Very smooth!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (18199) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle thanks to James, 30/12/15. Clear golden orange with a decent beige swirl. Nose is rich fruit cake, candied fruit peel, brown sugar, caramel. Taste comprises fruit loaf, dates, prunes, caramel fudge, light spice. Full bodied fine carbonation, light warming booze in the close. Decent barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (13835) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2015
Bottled, 275ml aged 3.5yrs (8.2%ABV) from Harveys Brewery Bottle Shop, Lewes, E.Sussex. Orange amber with slight white head. This has the aroma and character of an old, dusty, well used leather armchair, quite earthy but fruity, apricot alcohol hits. A fairly basic beer for the type.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (7386) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2015
275ml bottle picked up at The Royal Oak a couple of months ago and drunk at home in Blaendulais, 7.5%. Undated but says its the 60th anniversary version. Dark orange, totally clear, still, small thin off-white head, light lacing. Aroma is Horlicks, toffee and spinach, maybe a touch oxidised. Body is medium, soft carbonation, quite smooth. Taste is toffee, cardboard, raisin. Papery dry and slightly oxidised. Not too sweet, a touch of spicy booze. Not amazing up front but opens up nicely over time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rjplumer (1030) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2015
The aroma has a strong fruit and malt character. Body is a strong mahogany red with just a slight head. Slick rich taste. Plum and malt taste.Sweet with a mild roasted malt for balance. Warming on the palate. Smooth finish. Low carbonation. Definitely one for enjoying slow and easy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (8663) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2015
(Thx!) 330 ml. bottle sampled @ 2de Bierproeffestival van De Dijleschuimers. Clear dark orange, little white. Nose is odd fish guts yeast, dull sugar (odd fermentation temperature?), Taste is rather German like given oily nature, heavy fish guts, yeast notes, basic oily sugary sweetness, caramel, orange, tad marmalade, Oily, slick fish guts body. Reminiscent of the De Molen / Hair of the Dog Fred, serious disappointment much like that beer, zero complexity, fish guts, mild esters, thinned oily base sweetness, I was really hoping for more and as usual I question its historical accuracy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (7035) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber with minimal carbonation or foam. Rich fruit and big malts in the aroma. There is considerable harshness and it is also bitter grapefruit. I wish that harshness were tempered. Fruit is nice and there is some heat. This is just ok, and with so much fermentable stuff it could have been better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (3995) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2015
Aroma: intense caramel, bread malts, light citrus fruits, dark fruits, plums. Appearance: clear brown, small, creamy, off-white head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: sweets continue, remain very heavy, caramel, molasses, fruity, sticky texture, turns lightly bitter in finish. Overall: OK Barley Wine, lacks some complexity in both aroma and palate. Bottle from the brewery shop, Lewes.

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