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


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RATINGS: 387   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Bottled: 275ml only. Edition: 2013-current.
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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evergreen0199 (3663) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle form Harveys brewery shop, Lewes, East Sussex. A dark golden/amber coloured pour with virtually no head to speak of. Sweet, fruity, caramel aroma. Tastes quite sweet, fruity, caramel, rich, slightly musty and boozy. Been meaning to try this one for years. A nice old English barley wine.

CanIHave4Beers (4283) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Pours the a deep beautiful red hue with a small but well retained head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very malty, it’s got a bit of marmalade, red apple, & cherry cordial. It’s lightly sweet smelling.

The flavor is really something all the toffee and caramel you could wish for but with a sense of restraint on the sugary sweetness. It’s got raisins, plums, and dark fruit galore. The alcohol provides a zippy sting and a touch of warmth to the flavor. It’s lightly earthy, nutty, & pleasantly bitter.... with light notes of cavendish tobacco, & cherry liqueur. This practically defines what I like about the flavor of barleywine, it’s complex and it’s sweet but there is a place for everything and everything is in it’s proper place.

The beer coats the mouth but the alcohol provides just enough of a sharpness that it’s never quite syrupy.

I never expected to enjoy this beer this much, what a beautiful interpretation of the style, I really must buy more of this.

rondphoto (4573) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2013
@Sergio’s/Louisville Cloudy dark mahogany, only a rim head, cobwebs of lace show as I drink it. Taste is sweet caramel malt with toffee and mild prunes. The drink is lacking in carbonation, which is a little off-putting, but it makes up for it with alcohol warmth in the semi-sweet finish, almost as if this is a caramel schnapps. Hard to assess since it doesn’t fall into any recognizable style (I’ve had several barley wines, of which this isn’t) but it is easy to sip, and actually satisfying.

Erzengel (10018) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2013
Dunkelgoldene Farbe, angenehm hopfen-blumiger, malzig-süßlicher Geruch. Der Antrunk ist dickflüssig, malzig, angenehm süß. Im Hauptteil ist das Bier genau richtig abgewogen zwischen herb-aromatisch und malzig-süß, ohne irgendwie penetrant zu werden. Der Nachgeschmack ist lang anhaltend, malzig-karamellig und schön herb. Faszinierend und ideal abgewogen, Sehr toll. Dickflüssig, karamellig. Die 8,1% sind nicht zu schmecken. Sehr schön vollmundig! --> Tolles Bier!! 12,14,12,13,12,14 - 13,25

EdKing (2703) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2013
Bottle in Royal Oak shared with Ian, Steve and Tom. Colour is pale copper brown, medium white bubbly head. Nose is boiled sweet, caramel, ale fruity, light spicy malt, quite a lot of husky cereal grain malt. Taste is tangy, sweet, cereal malt husky, caramel. It’s got quite a hard bitter sweetness and an alcoholic kick.

madmitch76 (27109) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2013
8th October 2012
Opaque dark brown beer, little tan head. Nice of mild coffee and lactose. Palate is fairly neutral. Mild minerals. Mild tangy coffee and a little lactose. Finishes neutral.

gunnar (10076) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2013
Shared bottle at Edinburgh tasting. Pours dark amber with no head at all. Aroma is sweet, caramel and sugars. Smooth mouthfeel and low carbonated. Dark fruits, vinous, some soy, light alcohol warmth, good.

McNeillR (2338) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2013
Clean brown, wee watery head. Musty sweet nose. Thick and rich initial taste, almost liqueur dense sweetness. Not a bitter but more frothy smooth finish. Surprisingly held up.

Bottle, Gunnar Tasting

BenH (3423) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2013
Bottle, thanks Craig. Brown with little to no head. Smells oxidised, dried fruits, sherry. Similar taste, raisins, prunes and caramel. Thick and sweet. Not bad.

Beer5000 (6936) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 17, 2013
500 ml bottle, 2002 vintage sampled in 2007. Dark brown body with a medium sized beige head. Not particular strong but nice aroma of malt, caramel, cherries and vinous alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, fruit, acidic berries and vinous. Quite complex. Fine body and pleasant aftertaste.

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