RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 24, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2007 Sweet, yeasty malt aroma; cloudy caramel/amber in color. Little head to speak of. Taste was sweet with a hint of roasted malt and fruit. Very nice, flavorful brew with a smooth finish. Lighter than expected with extreme drinkability. One of the finest beers I’ve had, bar none. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Vintage 2001. Tasted at my own Barleywine tasting in May of 2004. This lizzie had a cake of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. A strong musty smell to the aroma. Something underpowering comes through in the nose...what is it? Somewhat floral, somewhat bewitching. SMOOTH! sweet and malty. In fact, it’s downright creamy. The low hop bitterness seems to define the brittish barleywines. PhillyBeer2112 (2861) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2002
Fairly light and low alc for a barleywine, but still a pleasant malty strong ale. Beautiful deep red-amber color with thin long-lasting head. Rich, complex fruity aroma: pear, peach, squash, vanilla. Flavor is strong and warming with a solid hop bitterness, and fruity malts. Smooth tobacco finish. Smooth light carbonation, full, mouth-filling flavor. Complex and filling, a real winter warmer. Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2003
Bottle#2397 vintage,1997 little head that faded fast,color was nice aroma was malty ,sweet with a wine like,as well as having some plum notes to itflavor was sweet the alcohol didn't hide on this one but was nicely blended with the sweet malt and the fruity tones.Definately gives you a full mouth feel with the syrup like feel.Malty sweet finish.A very nicely done barley wine that i would recomend more people should try and that say's alot because i'm not a very big fan of these but i am starting to turn more to these as i get used to them. 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.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Bottled in 1998, bottle #2740. This beer is as old as my dog. But while I wouldn’t crack Sparky’s head off and drink him, I did do it for this bottle of Harvey’s Elizabethan Ale. And wow, very nice. All the flavors have just been aged into this mellow mixture of awesome. A little on the expensive side ($3 for 9.3 oz) but worth it for a beer of this quality and age. DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
1998 vintage; bottle #4650
This beer poured a murky cider brown with some cherry highlights. The thin dirty white head swirled around and stuck in some neat patterns. There was also a ring of larger bubbles around the edges of my tulip.
Smelled of milk chocolate, tootsie roll, caramel, fruit cake, prunes and port, all fantastically blended together so that I had to work to pull apart the smells. There was also a lingering sour fruit that I couldn’t pin down to any specific fruit.
Tastes of musky oak, wild herbs, cinnamon and hazelnut on top of a creamy barley, oatmeal and not-too-sweet brown sugar. There’s also a delicate concord grape. These flavors are fantastically blended, smooth and subtle. In the finish a woody coffee creeps in.
The mouth feel was light but dense with a micro-carbonation that made the beer overall feel very delicate.
This was truly a delight to sip. I’m giving this high marks primarily based on the blended flavors that transport this beer utterly out of the hops/barley/yeast range and into some place completely different. Fantastic beer! CanIHave4Beers (4188) - 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. austinpowers (2828) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 25, 2002
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.
Bottled 1998: More head here than on most barleywines. Very sweet. This just might be one of the best barleywines I’ve ever had - must taste it head-to-head against Victory Old Horizontal. Harvey should follow the barleywine naming tradition and call this Old Elizabethan Ale. This one’s really rather mild, and that’s why I like it. P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 16, 2002
Excelent, big malty alcohol nose that got me excited. Big with a fruity malt charecter, very warming. Highly enjoyed. ’Reminds me of hard drugs.’ Zach