Harveys Elizabethan Ale - Harvey & Son Ltd.

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Harveys Elizabethan AleHarveys Elizabethan Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

138 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harvey & Son Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 12-31-2001)
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of garymuchow
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I've had my eye on this for awhile and now seems the time. 2008 version poured into a Boulevard tulip.
Sweet caramel, toffee and a bit of must. Deeper richer fruit, like figs and dates. Not overpowering but pleasant and calming.
Pours with no apparent carbonation, but a small thin head does appear and then settles out to a white ring. Garnet colored and glows like a gem.
Tastes very similar to the aroma. Yummy. Much like candied fruit all around, with just a hint of drying on the finish-that actually grows through the glass. The toffee and caramel are now more background.
A bit thin, but that is as much about the low carbonation as anything. Flavor fades on palate in time leaving me ready to place that joy producing elixir right back on there as soon as possible. I will fight those urges and make this wonderful glass of beer last. And I'm going to buy some more. Worth the price I paid.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A- slowly forming head of foam after the pour, at its max less than an inch and that fades quickly.

S- caramel malt, Port like nose, slight dark fruits.

T- caramel malt with again, Port like flavour, some butterscotch, hints of dark fruits.

M- medium to medium high body, no carbonation.

O- very tasty brew with the alcohol well hidden. I dig it.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of 7ate9
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With an aggressive pour this pops a quickly receding white head. Falls to a ring that sticks around. This bottle has no date on it so I can't be certain when it was born, but this has no small amount of years on it../ having any sort of head is impressive. Very nice dark mahogany color, Spot on.

Very complex smell of leather, raisin/tawny port/passito (which suggests a slight tart fruit note and touch of balsamic), prune, brown sugar...
a concentrated boozy molasses/rum-like flavor
Dried apricot
dirt
All very nice

Palate follows the nose. The age has hollowed out the mid-palate a bit but the finish kicks in big with leather, beef jerky, amaretto, and an unfortunate slight metallic taste that really takes away from it all.

Med body, dried out a bit with the age
Med-minus carbonation

Elizabethan is a great example of a tradional english old ale
Don't go into it thinking barleywine
Don't go into it thinking about old ales like Fruet or Fourth Dementia
It's a very complex, drinkable, moderate strength (but still pleasantly warming) beer that (except for the unfortunate slight metallic finish) is a joy to experience.

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4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I am told this is the 1996 version 8.1% ABV - In a brown 275 ml bottle with “PLEASE RETURN” and three arrows circling the bottle and an “O.K.M” stamped on the gold bottle cap.

Pours a thin slightly murky dark root beer color that is headless. Tons of dark overly ripe fruits dominate the aroma with plenty of age (sherry notes) and some booziness comprise a great nose. First sip is surprisingly good and tasty. Similar to what the nose indicted, the taste is full of those lovely dark overly ripe fruits like plums and figs. It starts super sweet but quickly finishes with a bitter twist that really captures my attention sip after sip after sip. Though thin bodied and lacking some carbonation - I don’t care as this puppy has plenty to offer.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed brown/chestnut with minimal cream colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, figs dates, raisins

T: Rich dark fruit, a touch of pears, & woody hops, plus a bit of toffee up front. Some treacle sweetness as this warms, leafy hops, pears & figs. Finishes very dry with woody hops & figs with jammy notes

MF: Zero carbonation & medium bodied, sticky, a little warming

This is good English Old Ale, a proto-type for the style

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear dark garnet in color; close inspection reveals a slight amount of carbonation and a few small particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with just a thick ring of large bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate to strong complex aromas of port wine, prunes and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some notes of oak and hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol in the finish. Some hints of syrupiness become noticeable as the beer warms up.
O: I found this to be a very interesting beer—it has the complex flavors that you would expect from a barleywine but is a little more drinkable because it doesn’t feel as heavy on the palate. The alcohol is also well hidden from the taste.

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4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint Pours a medium red amber. Minimal off-white head and hints of lacing. Malty aroma, caramel, dark fruits. Nice mellow caramel and sweet malt, dark fruits, a port like element. Faint woody flavor, no hops. Very well integrated and balanced. An excellent old ale. This bottle had no bottling date, but has been stored refrigerated for a year.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Harveys Elizabethan Ale from Harvey & Son Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.