Harveys Christmas Ale - Harvey & Son Ltd.
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2.79/5 rDev -26%
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.
01-28-2014 19:27:46 | More by NilocRellim
3.3/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
01-08-2014 04:09:30 | More by kaufmaal
2.3/5 rDev -39%
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.
01-01-2014 21:43:46 | More by BraveUlysses
3.69/5 rDev -2.1%
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
11-23-2013 18:21:55 | More by brentk56
3.33/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
12-30-2012 04:31:09 | More by Beerenauslese
3.48/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
08-08-2012 03:28:37 | More by LiquidAmber
3.83/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
04-02-2012 00:35:18 | More by metter98
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
12-30-2011 03:50:43 | More by Suds
3.28/5 rDev -13%
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.
12-27-2011 03:23:52 | More by warnerry
4.3/5 rDev +14.1%
Several year interest in this. Not sure why I pulled the trigger this time, but so I did.
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.
12-10-2011 03:04:41 | More by garymuchow
3.13/5 rDev -17%
A couple years on this one. No bottle date.
A-Pours clear dark amber with a thin, milky coffee colored head. No lacing.
S-Candied fruit, figs, leather, toffee.
T/M-Flavor profile is in line with what I expect from a vintage English strong ale for the most part, but it's just kind of flat. Cloyingly sweet. Fruity/musty flavors all muddled together.
O-Don't care for it
09-02-2011 03:49:04 | More by DaveHS
Harveys Christmas Ale from Harvey & Son Ltd.
85 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.