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Harveys Christmas Ale - Harvey & Son Ltd.

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Harveys Christmas AleHarveys Christmas Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

165 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harvey & Son Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2001)
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Tis the season. Pours a mostly cloudy darker brown color with more of a mahogany color. A softer amber hue through out as well. Some white fizzy head that does last for a bit but not through the full tasting.

The nose is rich with malt. A mostly caramel and bready aroma with toffee and a hint of pumpernickel bread. Some melanoidin like notes with a kettle aroma. Noticeable esters with plumes and sugar raisins. Some noticeable fusel notes as well but not over the top.

The taste is similar to the aroma. The malt is not as dominant than what the nose would indicate. But I think that is more of the yeast and esters coming out versus the malt backing off. More of a toffee notes almost candi like in the finish. Some bready notes but more of a kettle flavor than anything. Noticeable plums that could rival Belgian beers. Some yeasty notes but mostly clean. Big fusel notes though that is a bit of a deterrent.

The body is between moderate and full but a very light carbonation that could benefit from a bit more carbonic bite. A bit too sweet as well, would like to see a bit smoother. Noticeable alcohol that is bit off. Overall a good beer but would benefit with age for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 23:42:57 | More by Oxymoron
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KAF

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-13-2014 01:47:55 | More by KAF
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

2.79/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle.

The beer poured with very little carbonation.

It was hazy and auburn in colour.

The beer smelled strongly of figs and spices.

The taste was like drinking alcoholic raisin/prune juice with a few spices. It was also a bit slimy on the tongue.

Would I buy it again? No. I just do not care for those types of flavours.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 19:27:46 | More by NilocRellim
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kaufmaal

Alabama

3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one sloshed out of the bottle, virtually no carbonation other than some off-white bubbles around the edges. Undated bottle, so perhaps an old one. It has the color of iced tea. Smells like Coca-Cola: sweet, some ripened fruit, raisins, vanilla. The taste is a real let-down: sweet, a bit malty, some more vanilla. The alcohol is well hidden, but it tastes like flat coke mixed with some orange soda. I'm willing to try it again as this may be an old bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 04:09:30 | More by kaufmaal
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BraveUlysses

Massachusetts

2.3/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Truly a let down. After seeing the high reviews on BA, I had very high expectations for this brew. It poured with little to no head (maybe due to a bad pour) and the color was fine, but nothing particularly appealing. I drank this out of a Perfect Pint glass, but didn't really experience much nose on the beer after pouring (related to my imperfect pour, perhaps?) But the taste was the biggest disappointment - I can only compare it to flat soda. Sweet, with little carbonation and just a mediocre sugary taste. Couldn't even finish it.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 21:43:46 | More by BraveUlysses
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

12-05-2013 00:48:40 | More by BillRoth
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-27-2013 14:35:58 | More by jaydoc
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy ice tea brown color; the head is a mass of large bubbles that quickly fade away, leaving a salting of lace on the tulip glass

Smell: Burnt brown sugar, leather, cream sherry and a hint of soy

Taste: Soy sauce infused toffee, on the front end, with leather and caramel apple flavors in the mid-palate; the finish is somewhat boozy, with cream sherry notes; a touch of lactic sourness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation; a bit of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Though I bought this bottle the other day, I have no idea how old it was; given the price mark-down, I am sure it was not this year's edition and it may not have been last year's either; as I look through the previous reviews there is a distinct downward trend and reduced number of reviews over the last few years so it would not surprise me if this beer hasn't been imported for a while; trying to account for all this, I find that there are some pleasing aspects to the beer but the soy sauce, in particular, really detracts from the overall enjoyment

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 18:21:55 | More by brentk56
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-10-2013 18:40:10 | More by harpus
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-30-2013 23:28:25 | More by Doppelbockulus
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

07-28-2013 19:48:36 | More by WOLFGANG
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-25-2013 21:54:03 | More by Slatetank
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BGsWo22

New York

2/5  rDev -46.9%

03-21-2013 00:03:03 | More by BGsWo22
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matjack85

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.4%

01-31-2013 21:58:50 | More by matjack85
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Beerenauslese

California

3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Body is dark reddish brown, head dissipates rapidly.

Smells malty sweet, raisins and honey, a little fresh tobacco.

Tastes very malty sweet, with notes of raisins, prunes, and other dark fruit, a little coffee. Has a slightly bitter finish.

Body is medium and carbonation is low, not quite flat but close.

This is a winter warmer that is very malty, fruity, and pretty sweet, but not very spicy. It is just OK and lacks complexity. It doesn't hold my interest and I would not have another glass of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 04:31:09 | More by Beerenauslese
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -60.2%

10-12-2012 02:05:18 | More by brez8791
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 1/2010 notes. Poured into a Caracole small snifter. Pours a somewhat cloudy dark, ruddy brown amber. Very slight head formation on pouring that disappears quickly, little carbonation. Aroma of dark fruit and sweet malt. Flavor is moderate dark and dried fruit and sweet malt with light holiday spicing. Medium body. Pleasant, but nothing to bring me back next year. Kind of wanted to like this a bit more. No date on the bottle, from the source, it could have been an older bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 03:28:37 | More by LiquidAmber
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

04-28-2012 21:18:22 | More by Archemedies
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metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a very thin head that quickly dissipated, leaving lacing on the surface and a thick ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of port wine in the nose, which become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of port wine along with notes of figs and a bit of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink compared to others in the style because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. It almost seems to taste more like port wine instead of beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 00:35:18 | More by metter98
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LJWalker

Alabama

3/5  rDev -20.4%

02-01-2012 03:57:42 | More by LJWalker
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is flatter than normal...a still-ish amber liquid with a nearly non-existent head. A ring of white suds. The aroma is all fruit and malt. Cherry, grist-mill, apricot, grape-skin, and lightly toasted bread. The flavor is now what was expected...intense sweetness to begin with (nearly sugary), followed with a bit of booze and enough balance to even things out. Some gristy, malty characteristics. English hops. This is a traditional strong English ale all the way (over the top, really). Full body. To be enjoyed in sips, not a gulps. I enjoyed this beer more than expected.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 03:50:43 | More by Suds
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warnerry

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure when this was bottled. Label says there is a best by date on the cap, but I don't see one.

A - Pours a clear amber/copper with almost zero head.

S - Lots of caramel malt, a bit of fruit, mostly apple, and a bit of candi sugar. Pretty nice.

T - Alcohol is quite noticeable, along with sweet caramel malt, some sugar and brown sugar, and some tart fruit. Has a very faint burnt flavor, and some spices leading to a dry finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel s initially quite syrupy, but finishes dry and with some bitterness.

O - A pretty good winter warmer, but not one I would go back to.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 03:23:52 | More by warnerry
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Several year interest in this. Not sure why I pulled the trigger this time, but so I did.
2009.
Great deep fruity aroma with dark fruits like fig and dates, but malt. Also nice sweet candy like caramel, toffee and a little molasses. Really nice aroma.
No head to speak of, with a small rim of white carbonation. Darker amber with tints of red, yellow, orange and slightly cloudy.
Nice fruit flavors again - closer to cherry. They are a little sweeter and are tinged with the alcohol. Finish has a drying quality, but it's not a dry beer, in fact it's more rich than anything. Must be just enough hopping to balance it off.
Heavy feel, with richness, low carbonation, higher alcohol make this a slow sipper. However, the rather shorter finish limits it some.
I like this beer. It's not through the roof, but it is a good, and complex beer with some really enjoyable fruit flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 03:04:41 | More by garymuchow
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +32.6%

12-01-2011 15:16:36 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Harveys Christmas Ale from Harvey & Son Ltd.
85 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.