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Harveys Elizabethan Ale - Harvey & Son Ltd.

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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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DigitalHype

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

275ml bottle. Bottle label reads, "For Best Before End Date and Lot Number See Bottle Top". But, the are no markings on the cap, or anywhere on the top of the bottle. By the looks of this bottle, this thing has some age to it.

Poured slightly thick, reddish-brown in color with no head. Smell of fresh cherries, apple, bread. Very sweet, and slightly sticky. Lots of yeast, and flavors of dried fruits, and a little smokiness.
This has very nicely balanced bitter finish, that rounds off perfectly. I could easily drink another, if I had it.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 00:04:26 | More by DigitalHype
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed this one when I was down in Florida. I had never seen these little bottles before so I grabbed a couple and just got around to trying it recently. Served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass, this one was consumed on 02/22/2009.

The pour was nice, deep, dark brown with a nearly clouded over appearance. Nice little head of tan rose up over the top and settled down quickly into a small, light pillow that covered just enough. The aroma was a mixed bag of earthy malts, hints of a light hop presence and a smooth, delicate profile that was a treat to behold. Light alcohol note as it warms up and lots of caramel as you move in. The flavor was rich. Nice touches of nuts, caramel, hints of cinnamon and spices really liven it up. A very full palate here. A hint of bittering hops as it warms and the long, slow finish was just wonderful. A very solid little beer, well little in size only. I would not mind having another for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 00:13:28 | More by mikesgroove
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear reddish brown color with an average off-white frothy head that was mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate spicy malty and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium sweet dark fruit flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

I would recommend this to a freind.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 17:47:31 | More by tmoneyba
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Harveys Elizabethan Ale (2002 Vintage) pours up smoothly with a light carbonation that creates a modest tannish-brown head that proudly tops the ruby-tawny brown body. Lots of tight, lacy bubbles that cling to the sides of the glass. The inviting multi-layered aroma is quite complex with notes of fruitcake, caramel, chestnuts, cherry jam, sourdough bread, oiled leather, oak, vanilla, dry sack sherry, et.al. The flavor starts off with a nice treacle character carried by some dusty maltiness that's underscored by an earthy bitterness. Subtle hints of leaf tobacco, maraschino cherry, figbar, turbinado sugar & molasses keep this one interesting. This medium-bodied old ale has a dry mouthfeel with a touch of astringency. It's lightly warming with a bittersweet, slightly tart finish. Here's to Old Lizzie, may she have a glorious slumber!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 06:48:45 | More by Beertracker
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goethean

Illinois

5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No date stamp on bottlecap. Served in nonik at 60F. Ruby.

Mouth-watering aroma is bursting with dark fruits and freshly toasted malt. A flavor of toasted malt and rum-soaked raisin, date, prune, plum, fig, currant, and a hint of black cherry? There's even a slight tartness. Massive depth of flavor and richness. Hides the ethanol quite well. Barely-perceptible hop bite at the finish.

Imagine a cask version of this, or one infected with Brettanomyces.

I'm going to have to give this one is a 5.0. I don't see how you mark it down on any attribute.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 02:50:30 | More by goethean
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baggio

Sweden

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1999 Vintage! Finally got around to trying this brew that i bought in Denmark a few years ago.

A: Deep dark brown/red with a minimal lace.

S: Barley, Raisins, Caramel, Syrup, Malt, Port wine.

T: Sherry, Caramel, Molasses, Figs, Ripe Fruit, Sugar.

M: Very sweet with very low carbonation. Warming.

A fine old ale / barleywine that has aged with grace. Would have been interesting to see how this brew tasted fresh. This makes for a perfect dessertbeer or just something to sip at late at night. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 21:45:42 | More by baggio
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sgoodship

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Looked for information on the bottle cap as indicated - nothing there. I'm not alone! Would love to hear the trivia behind this.

A: 275ml bottle. No head to speak of - kinda expected that. Murky, dark chocolate brown. Some lacing and spottiness on the glass.

S: I definitely got the alcohol - Sherry. There is also a strong sweetness like a diacetyl butter scotch. Maybe some licorice, vinegary and some nuttiness. Very complex smell.

T: The strength came through pretty quickly. The taste follows the smell pretty closely which seems impossible but it's not.

M: Nice full bodied drink. Very smooth. Finish is very strong alcohol.

D: I get the feeling that this beer can be polarizing to the BA's who sample it. I personally do not like Sherry, so even though I appreciated what a work of art this brew was, I just couldn't enjoy it like I wanted to.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 04:04:38 | More by sgoodship
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

1998 Vintage, bottle # 4244, aged a full ten years.

A desolately flush surface, completely and utterly flat even against the sides where perhaps a slight trim might be expected. A muddied tinge hinders much of its allure. It has the complexion of prune juice with a subtle gleam of shiraz to the light.

It smells to me as if a truckload of raisins were left to dry out right there in my glass. The aroma is inarguably that of dried fruits, and not in the general sense, but specifically raisins and prunes. I like the smell enough but I don't think it has the complexity that makes burying your nose in it worthwhile. Large, constant inhalations turn up the same thing each time.

The taste reinforces flavours of dried fruits. Raisins and prunes are still foremost although slightly sweeter notes of plums, figs and dates come through a little more. Both hops and yeast are all but faded. A noting of butterscotch is minimal but seems the only accompaniment to the flavour of sweet and dried fruits.

With absolutely no carbonation, the tannic character imparted by its flavour, and the 8.1% having fewer room to hide with age, this bottle has become something akin to a weak port or fortified wine. Its appearance, its flavours, its sweetness, and its whole all around character resembles that of a port or fortified wine.

Having never seen a fresh bottle of Elizabethan Ale I can't be sure of how well this sample has held up. I do hope my descriptions can provide some clues. Whether old ale or barleywine I felt it fell short of both marks. Still, it was something I enjoyed - albeit less as a beer and more as a sort of British digestif.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 22:51:13 | More by biegaman
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

275 ml bottle - label states that freshness date is on the cap, but it's not there.

Pours reddish brown with no head. After a slight delay, a head struggles to appear but vanishes to a wisp immediately.

The smell is of damp wood, caramel/toffee, some plum/raisin, a hint of anise, alcohol and a touch of cinnamon.

The taste is of caramel, nuts, some cinnamon and ginger spiciness. Anise and plum/raisin give some darkness to a caramelish maltiness. Alcohol is quite strong - even seems a bit more than the 8.1%. Damp wood lies in the back. There's a slight astringency. Quite the complex one. Sweet, but not overly all things considered.

It hits full-bodied with light carbonation.

A strong sipper. The interesting complexities, that work well, kept me wanting to sip it!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 03:07:44 | More by jwc215
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RedBaron

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BA 'Marcobrau' for providing me with this rare, vintage ale from Harvey's that presumably dates from 1996. Lord.

Apperance: Ruby-red, fairly dark, no head to speak of. Leaves legs.
Smell: smells like a dark, English countryside at night under a full moon about an hour after a steady downpour: rainy dew, soft aromas of the field's barley, and boozy.
Taste: Waves of raisin, prunes, bready malts through and through. A cornucopia of fruits and grain. Must be something in that yeast strain coupled with aging that provides such a tasteful impact.
Mouthfeel: In a word: complex. Here you have a beer that is noble in bearing through and through. It has so much complexity that it is hard to quantify, suffice to say that it is a full-bodied beer that has a fairly sweet foretaste, but actually finishes kind of dry.
Drinkability: I guess I've gotta get past the mindset that "drinkabilty = often" because this beer is not one you really want to consume very often. In fact I'm having this on the eve of American Independence, and it is probably a beer better served around Guy Fawkes Day. No matter. It's a brilliant beer, and I'm damn lucky - I mean DAMN LUCKY - to have a beer of this quality and vintage to sip on this fine July evening. It has been resting comfortably in my bungalow basement for a long time now, and I finally got around to liberating it. It almost makes me think of chucking the Declaration of Independence in the Delaware, and put a copy of the Magna Carta in my pocket instead. Find this beer, and treat it with dignity and respect.

This beer is in my wheelhouse. I love old ales, particuarly aged old ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 01:54:28 | More by RedBaron
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Traquairlover

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

275ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Clear reddish amber, small off white head dissipates into a light cover of foamy lacing on surface.

S = Good strong malt smells, maple syrup, treacle, molasses, musty basement, some sharper scents of sharp cheddar perhaps. Very complex.

T = Sweet maple syrup, molasses, light bitterness at midpalate, but sweetness continues into the finish. This beer reminds me a lot of JW Lees Vintage Ale.

M = Heavy body, great mouthcoating, creamy luscious feel.

D = Quite good drinkability as a dessert beer or a way to wind up an evening, like a fine port wine.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 22:49:17 | More by Traquairlover
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer that has apparantly been retired prematurely. If its still available and a style meant to age, why retire it? Anyway, bottle purchased from John's Grocery in Iowa City. Poured brown, just a dusting of a head with regularly rising bubbles. Small head sticks around lengthily. Spotty lacing. Sweet smelling boozy caramel odor. Very strong and malty. Some nuttiness. Reminds me of Thomas Hardy on the nose. Flavor is very sweet, rummy and milky. Maple syrup, demerara sugar, grass hops bitterness, sweet malt, figs and plums. What little hops there are keep it from being too much of a malt and alcohol bomb. Dry and thinner than expected, but wtill syrupy and i'd say medium bodied. A nice sipper of an old ale, approaching an english barleywine in most qualities. Very tasty and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 16:01:36 | More by aforbes10
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an incredibly viscous murky brown with very little to no head or lacing. The smell is sweet and sherry like with raisins, prunes, and a touch of wood. Taste is very sweet and dessert like. The same fruit detectable in the nose is here, but a little more subdued. Smooth and honeyed malt with a trace of tannic bitterness on the finish. Very little carbonation makes this almost like a rich mead. Fairly complex and quite nice as a digestif. Very smooth mouthfeel and lighter seeming than both the smell and appearance would suggest. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 02:41:20 | More by Georgiabeer
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ummm...BA says this is retired and an Old Ale? Brewer's website lists this as still active and a barley wine?

Slightly cloudy copper colour with a thin, weak head. True, the head is not like any barley wine I've had, but the colour is a bit thin and light for an old ale. It looks watery and a bit thin.

Vinous, sweet malty scent. Faint hop bitterness...it smells like most of the other barley wine's I've had.

Caramel, toffee, vinouous notes and a good dose of malt. Barely wine taste: big malts, low hops. Sweet but bitter, sour notes. Oily but thin mouthfeel. No carbonation to speak of. On the watery side to be a barley wine. Nice ale, but not an old ale. Needs to be brought out of retirement and reclassed as a barley wine.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 07:16:26 | More by BDTyre
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wonder why this beer is listed as "retired" here, as it's still been brewed very year and readily available in most Harvey's pubs. This bottle is picked up at Harvey's Brewery Shop in Lewes, BB DEC 07, served cool in a large wine goblet.

A: coming with no beer head what-so-ever apart from rimmed bubbles; the hue is like semi-infused black tea, while the carbonation is next to flat - looking very standard for this type of ale in its bottled form.
S: caramel, raisins, plum jam, and a touch of prunes dominate the aroma, while Harvey's distinctively sour-sweet yeast-malt (best illustrated by Harvey's Best Bitter) mixture hides behind; hops are next to non-existence. All elements are blended in a harmonious state, giving little hint about its real strength.
T: an assertive taste mixed of golden syrup, melted brown sugar, a trace of fresh sugar-cane, and Chinese black herb-jelly accompanies the sour-sweet prunes and longan-fruit tea; the semi-dry, roasted-tea-ish and woody-tannic hoppyness gradually minifests itself, rendering a mildly dry and very long, soothingly bitter finish. BTW, not a single touch of alc. is felt on the palate.
M&D: rather lubricating on the mouthfeel without being sticky/heavy at all; at 8.1%, it somehow tastes like 6%-something, as the alc. as well as fizziness have both been softened greatly by the aging process, while the hoppyness and woody-tannic mouthfeel both make the palate all the more interesting and not quite boring. Overall, this ale tastes more like a barley wine than old ale to me. Yet, whichever style, this is a very enjoyable, albeit somewhat understated, strong ale IMHO!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 01:07:52 | More by wl0307
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Braudog

Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured from my 275ml bottle lifeless and flat, so immediately my radar is up for other flaws. Although the label says to see the cap for "best before date", I can’t find any indication on the bottle of the vintage of this little guy. It seems too watery for a big beer. The color is river-bottom ruddy, virtually opaque and brown. What little head there is lingers and tilting the glass results in some limited cascade. The aroma is off ... granny smith apple, mostly. The first swallow is starkly candied and caramel ... not beer caramel, but like literal candy caramel apple your dad bought you at a state fair when you were a kid. It still seems a bit watery, but the intense flavor quotient would certainly be attractive to some, I suppose. (#2733, 3/6/2007)

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 23:26:12 | More by Braudog
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riversider76

New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 1998. Pours brown with orange hues. Not much head,and only a bit of lacing. Smells is wine like. Body is on the thick side and is smooth and silky. Taste is of dark fruits, very much like wine. I believe this is the first time I've tried this style of beer.Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 02:04:47 | More by riversider76
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Dark eggplant with drippy lace.
Scent is funky and 10 years old.
Picked up as a bonus bottle.
First swigs: Dark raisins, some pancake flour and a touch of maple syrup.
Feel is rather tacky and sugar sticky.
Last swigs: A traditional English Barley if there ever were one!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 08:40:36 | More by blitheringidiot
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marcobrau

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The 1998 vintage of this beer pours with no head, just a slight flourish of carbonation and a slightly murky brown color. (Note: a second pour created about a quarter-inch thick layer of foam that slowly settled. This pour also greatly enhanced the mouthfeel.) The first whiff of the aroma smells of marzipan and toffee, along with alcohol-soaked fruit. The taste is full of caramel and toffee notes with a raisiny character, which fades to a more nutty, woody character suggestive of walnuts. This is a very complex beer. I'm surprised by the dryness of the finish, which is also a bit tannic. I love the complexity of this beer. There are more flavors here I can quite isolate, but all of them combined make for a very complex an flavorful beer. The strenght is up there a bit and is noticeable, too. To sum up, this is an outstanding old ale and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 01:03:19 | More by marcobrau
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bort11

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

9.3 oz bottle. The label refers to the bottle top for lot number and best by date, but there is no information there. This still seems available, so I'm not sure why it's retired.
Poured into a tulip glass. No head or lacing what-so-ever. So sad. Color is a dirty ruddy brown. Solid opaque with ruby notes when held to the light. Smell is a lovely dried fruit, dates, and a bit vinious. Slightly sour, but moslty sweet. Taste follows through nicely. Nice raisin/date flavor. Earthy and mild too. Mouthfeel is a disappointment, because there is no carbonation. It is medium bodied and chewy, that part is very enjoyable. If there was a tiniest bit of carbonation, it would bring the score up drasticly. This is a tastey old ale. Since it is retired, I may pick up as much as I can before it's gone for good.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 02:24:16 | More by bort11
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WeisGuy

New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1998 vintage, bottle 2207

a - pours a deep maroon/brown color with a small white head that dissipates quickly, not much lacing

s - prunes and sour fruit dominate the aroma, very complex nose though, lots of other hints such as toffee and sweet maltiness

t - the aging has been fairly good to this ale, very strong sweetness, sour fruit taste but very different from a flanders red, maltiness and oak very evident too, the finish is unique, reminds me of a white wine finish

m - very little carbonation, medium-bodied

d - one bottle of this is plenty for me, old ales in general are not very "drinkable" beers, so I'm not going to knock this beer for that much

Easily the oldest beer I've ever tasted. I think this is a good old ale and well worth the try. It's a unique beer that's unlike anything I've previously had.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 01:18:49 | More by WeisGuy
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After a big disappointment with my first vintage beer (a 2001 Le Coq Imperial Russian Stout that tasted like vinegared wine), I didn't have high hopes for this one, which was twice as old. This review is for the 1996 bottling of this brew -- an 'Old Ale' in more ways than one!

Poured a solid but 'muddy' chocolate brown into an oversized wine glass. Slightly purple notes to it when held up to the light. Bizarre, slow motion bubbling to create a small but permanent head. Very hazy, although I can't see any individual floaties.

Aroma is complex -- toffee, licorice, big plump raisins or dried figs, sugary alcohol and sweet malt. Looking good so far, and...

Woohoo! It's not spoiled! It's not fantastic, or anything, but definitely different and definitely drinkable. Hugely malty, with a bit of a 'Coca Cola' flavour to it. Mild metallic notes that go away as it warms (needed a long time). Definite raisin flavours, along with some chocolate and roasted malt.

Super-thick, chewy mouthfeel with a raisiny, bready aftertaste.

I'll probably never get to try this beer again, now that it's retired, but I'm glad I did at least once!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 17:53:09 | More by crwills
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

1.63/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - this ale pours a dark brown with red highlights, too hazy to see sediment or carbonation, thin tan head

S - dark fruit aromas, like dates, raisins, or figs, a strong alcohol kick, and strong vanilla extract aromas, and a caramel background

T - bland at first, then BOOM a very strong offensive sour milk taste, not very appetizing, the aftertaste is sweet, like burnt caramel

M - sour and smooth, more sour though

D - the sourness made it hard to drink

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 22:00:40 | More by sinstaineddemon
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GreenWBush

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

400th review. Nice to do it with a well-aged beer.

Brewed in 1998, bottle #3028.

A difficult cap pry-off worried me, but I was rewarded with a raisin colored surprise: 1" head and incredible lace for the style (and age).

Nose is smooth and seems unravaged by age. Deep, woody and earthy notes prevail. Dried dark fruits. Toffee. Gummy malt sweetness that goes on forever. Melon sweetness. Slight oxidation at warmer temperatures.

Age is reflected a bit more in flavor than nose, but only ever so slightly. Sweet malt and distinguished oak and vanilla flavors pad the somewhat age-bitten core. Finishes with suggestions of marzipan and cork.

This is surely not on-par with the Thomas Hardy's of the world (at least in terms of aging) but was an interesting and great experience throughout. I was sad to see this nip end.

8 years have obviously calmed this beer down to something lucious and reveletory in some senses, and in others I wish I could have seen this with just a few years' age on it. Either way this was a very worthwhile and informative beer-drinking experience, as before this beer the oldest beers i've consumed have only been in the 2-3 year range.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 15:43:39 | More by GreenWBush
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 23:15:32 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Harveys Elizabethan Ale from Harvey & Son Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.