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

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RATINGS: 385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (6040) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2003
1997 Vintage: Copper colour, off-white head. Aroma of raisins, figs and pit fruit. Flavours of roasted malt and musty tastes. A nice complex beer, with a great start-to-finish taste. I had this one out of the same bottle with DougShoemaker given to us by Lyle Ostrow at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2003
1997. Inviting treacle, candied malt aroma. Deep copper, with a small tan head. Sweet malt, treacle, caramel and butterscotch flavours mingle together well. Complex, full bodied, bitter, dry finish. Terrific! Thanks again, Lyle Ostrow!

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
This was 1997 batch. Poured a rootbeer brown with very little head and no lacing. The alcohol was very present in the aroma and taste. To me almost overpowering at first. Very little carbonation and almost like drinking a wine, but malty and sweet. Some essenses of fritiness but I couldn't distinguish what it was. No bitterness or hopiness at all. I doubt I'll be a fan of this style, but everyone should at least try one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2003
Sweet red wine aroma, cloudy brown color with a very small head. Delivers a smooth malty sweetness finising with a mild bitterness. Delicious but doesn't have a very strong flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2003
1996 vintage # 894. After a night of pils, witbiers, and fruit beers, I decided to give my taste buds a ride. Murky earthy brown with little head and minimal lacing. Full-bodied. Raisins, tobacco/smoke, pears, caskwood, vinous aroma. Sweet and fruity taste with woody undertones, nicely complex. Slightly bitter and alcoholic on finish but not overpowering, smoother than expected. Also, more lively on the palate than expected. This bottle has aged very well, highly recommended. Found in Buffalo at Premere Gourmet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2003
bottle from 2001. Murky brown color. Fruity aroma. Very sweet raisin, oily feel. Very small amount of hops bitterness in the finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2003
This was one of the best beers of the year. It featured great complexity of flavor and aroma, displaying touches of licorice, raisin and sherry as well as the usual attributes of a fine English Barleywine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3866) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2003
Bottled. Deep amber/chestnut colour, thin off white head that quickly evaporates and low condition. Thick toffee and caramel aromas with a slight burnt smoky edge. Seems initially quite thin in the mouth but starts to reveal itself if you let it slosh about a little before swallowing. Good malt flavours with a nutty roastiness mingled with toffee and alcohol. Slight metallic note noticable in the long hop bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3196) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2003
Elizabethan Ale looks like an apple cider and has the aroma of a good doppelbock, with a heavy prune scent. The flavor reflects an interesting mix of doppelbock and barleywine characteristics: prune and raisins dominate at first, followed by sugary malts. The body is syrupy and rich, thicker than the typical doppelbock but right in line with barleywines (unintentional rhyme). A very nice beverage, but I do recommend moderation: this is too syrupy sweet for session consumption.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (7761) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 Rerate Just did not blow my socks off as much this time around - not quite the same maltiness, still very good however and an excellent nightcap Original 4.2 Wow - like taking a plug of chewing tobacco, throwing some raisins and molasses in it and squeezing out the juices. Looks the same way too! Sweet molasses aroma, thin, barely there head. Quite the bellywarmer - hides the alcohol well. Could see myself drinking this in some dark pub in London on a cold foggy winters night.


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