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Harveys Elizabethan Ale - Harvey & Son Ltd.

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Harveys Elizabethan AleHarveys Elizabethan Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

136 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Harvey & Son Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 12-31-2001)
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Wow! As I drink this the spicyness leaps out at me. At first I can't seem to handle or understand these spices. I also feel a warming going through my body and making me feel good all over. The more I drank the more I like. This is a small bottle but it still takes awhile to drink. There's a woodiness (is that a word?) in the taste that becomes more apparent as I drink it. The finish lingers with some hoppiness that makes this a remarkably tasty and different beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 05:28:50 | More by granger10
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frank4sail

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 1997. Bottle #2402.
Deep dark plum colored with a smallish tan head and a fine tan lace. Unique smell of sweet ripe peaches and a hint of hops . Sweet ripe juicy fruit taste of fermented peaches and plum. sour finish to the taste. Medium to full mouth with a dry sour tongue. The finish also has a hint of smoke. Very nice. Your mouth is left wanting more. Fruit/smoke finish is nice and relaxing. Very fine night cap brew. Quite drinkable at over 8% ABV.
A big thanks to budgood for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 12:15:11 | More by frank4sail
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small sticker on the neck: 1998 - Bottle # 0326.
This is a malty, thick, big beer. Nose is full of malt and aromatic alcohols. The foretaste is sweet and a little grainy. Nice alcohol warming through the bottom of the glass. Very smooth and soft brew, full mouthfeel with somewhat dry bitter finish. Overall it's a good beer, but something is not as complex or satisfying as a lot of barley wines.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2003 12:16:34 | More by Suds
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 1996. Bottle # 0624.

1996. A significant year for me. Not only was I married that year, but, dare I say, more importantly, the Packers won the Super Bowl following the 1996 season.

Murky looking brown in appearance. Not a lot of light gets through this one. Only a slight collar for a head. Sweet, phenolic, fruity (apples especially) and cedar-like. The flavor is pleasing. Sweet brown sugar. Acidic. A little like vinegar, but not overbearing. More like a slight green apple presence. Fruit juice is fairly dominant. And sweet malt. The body is a little thin for my liking. Light-medium at best. Drinkability is high due to the nice flavors and low alcohol. Only the slightest tinge of alcohol is present.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 21:44:43 | More by Bighuge
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

275 mL brown glass bottle, capped. "Bottled in 1996" sticker on the neck. $3.99/bottle.

This ale poured a cloudy, medium brown (iced-tea) color with a little foam that remained as a coating on the surface. The smell was sweet and a little fruity (apples, pears, grapes). The flavor was malty and bready, with some fruit flavors (apples, grapes, pears), some oak, a hint of raisins and figs, and little bitterness and floral flavor in the finish, followed by a very nice lingering sweetness in the mouth. The mouthfeel was sweet and creamy, medium to full bodied. The drinkability was very good. The full flavor came through with larger swigs -- sipping just didn't do this ale justice!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2003 20:34:41 | More by UncleJimbo
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1998; Bottle # 1618

This pours a cloudy copper color with no head but leaves a sexy lace behind. This is very strong alcohol taste but does not ruin the taste of the rich malty taste to the pallette. This is a great beer that I want to get more of to cellar for a while. Great for this cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2002 20:14:43 | More by kunzbrew
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1997/#2421 275ml bottle

cloudy tea colored. not much head to speak of. a sticky lace clings to the edges. soft floral hops accompany a hearty alcoholic aroma...figs, raisins, brown sugar, and chocolate whiffs hit the nose strongly. strong aroma of green apples too. smells just delicious. amazingly smooth; with a somewhat less than full body...slight sour and tart tastes hit the tongue, imparting a range of sweetened fruit flavors which balance each other out nicely. roasted maltiness peaks through and some toffee flavors hit the mouth. spicy, fruity, alcohol in the finish, providing an eye opening warmness.

had a couple bottles of these and thought they were really tasty and warming. a perfect strong ale for the season!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2002 19:02:04 | More by budgood1
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Piddly appearance, no head, very sticky sweet raisiny malt aroma, syrruppy, not very complex, and just way to sweet for me, not really what i was expecting at all, just one dimentionally sweet and sticky.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2002 06:13:24 | More by rastaman
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marc77

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The attractive ruby hued very clear brew is topped by an off white head that settles into a layer that coats the rim of the glass. Very fruity and tart esters and mild green apple acetaldehyde dominate the aroma, but when combined with the caramel malt sweetness, a distinct and unique raspberry fruit note is left. Any hop nose is overpowered. Although the overall flavor of this brew is quite sweet, the pleasant flavor contributions from the yeast make it flavorful and enjoyable. Tart esters give way to highly caramelized malt sweetness, while biscuit malt eeks its way into the flavor and adds to the malty goodness. Hop bitterness has most likely faded, since malt takes centerstage in this brew. The finish is sugary sweet w/ a satisfying alcohol warmth. The overall sweetness and depth of this brew makes it a brew to be savored and sipped.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2002 19:43:54 | More by marc77
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1999 bottle # 3975.

Appearance: Mildly hazed profound brownish amber thin tan bubbly and patchy lace from a hard pouring, sediment is well compacted and stayed at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: The aroma is of lemon pound cake, alcohol soaked raisins and the maltiness flexes with caramel and again that cake like aroma. As it warms up more there is a mild solvent and woody smell to the brew.

Taste: Full bodied with a smooth and creamy mouth feel off of a light carbonation. A woody flavour wants to be first but everything else crowds in with it. Big cookie maltiness with caramel and honey coming through next. Sweetness is big but the woody and nutty yeast flavour tame it a bit. Alcohol has a big hand in both sides to balance with big fruity esters and a slight spicy undertone. Hops are a faded memory but still seem to put in a touch of bitterness. In the finish there is a good share of residuals but not in an excessive way, the warmth of the alcohol comes through stronger in the finish also but in a balance level with the sweetness.

Notes: This beer is as close as you can get to beer heaven, the beer gods have blessed this brew as well as me for I have partaken of such a special brew. Three years is a nice ripe age for this vintage. I have a few more of the same but feel now is a good time to partake.

1996, bottle # 0298.

Appearance: Slightly hazed deep brownish amber with a creamy yet patchy off white lace from the hard pour, sediment was well compacted and did not get stirred up while decanting.

Smell: Hearty alcoholic fruit aromas, pungent and tropical in smell with a mild tart twang in the nose. Vodka soaked raisins and pineapple can be picked out with an undertone of caramel.

Taste: Exceptional creamy mouth feel with a somewhat heavy syrupy malt palate, carbonation is minimal and adds to the smoothness. Ripe pear fruitiness, hints of pineapple and caramel with a vague hop bitterness and flavour that gives an earthy flavour. Hops have faded significantly though have not degraded and have added to the complexity. Alcohol is deceiving though starts to warm more and more towards the bottom of the glass. Handful of residual sweetness helps the fruitiness linger, husk of the grain and remnants of hop bitterness bring up the slack in the finish.

Notes: Big and chewy, a serious beer for all you beer geeks out there. Fours year later and this brew still has held up very well, oxidation is not noticeable. The time is now, this beer is ripe and ready for full enjoyment!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2002 19:16:48 | More by Jason
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stoutman

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very nice example of a strong English Ale with outstanding color, aroma, and flavor. Exceptional whiskey flavors are reminicent of a Thomas Hardys Collector Ale and make drinkability factors low. Good for a night cap due to its heaviness your highness ;0).

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2001 22:14:31 | More by stoutman
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Harveys Elizabethan Ale from Harvey & Son Ltd.
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