Harveys Elizabethan Ale | Harvey & Son Ltd.

very good
155 Ratings
Harveys Elizabethan AleHarveys Elizabethan Ale

Brewed by:
Harvey & Son Ltd.
England, United Kingdom

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by purplehops on 12-31-2001

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.96/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Decanted from a 9.3 oz (275 ml) bottle into a conical pint.
A: Pours a clear copper color with little head or lacing.
S: Aromas of cane sugar, caramel, walnut, and maybe chocolate.
T: Tastes of biscuit, caramel, and bourbon. Peppery, but bitterness only evident at end of swallow.
M: Full bodied with gentle effervescence throughout.
O: A really deliciously complex ale experience.

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.

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Photo of shigg85
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared 20 year old bottle from 1996! (Thanks Dan!)

Clear deep red-brown body.
Excellent sweet bitter balance.
Rich and complex taste. Lasting malty flavor with hints of molasses, toffee, and vanilla.
Very smooth!

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Photo of sjccmd
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sweet and rummy aroma. Toffee, brown sugar, stewed apricots. Cinnamon. Lighter fruits. Cooked apples. Now that I think about it, apple pie including the crust. Perhaps even a touch buttery. Caramelized sugar and toast.

Pours clear, pale amber, with a hint of ruby. Very little head, but somewhat sticky.

Wash of fruits and brown sugar upfront leaning more towards bready malts in the finish. Burnt sugar lingers on the palate, but still surprisingly dry. There is no age date, but I am guessing this beer is fairly old, so it's surprising that there is still some balancing hop bitterness. Less apples more pie crust on the palate.

Medium full body with very low carbonation. It almost seems uncarbonated, but the body makes up for it.

Very complex and rich upfront but dry in the finish making it surprisingly drinkable for the style.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Old bottle I think. It's been in my cellar since 10/2014.

Appearance: poured almost still, deep copper with no head

Nose: tobacco, sweet, leather, caramel, rich toffee, raising, prunes, nutty, port and Madiera sherry

Taste: very sweet, follows the nose, leather, dark fruits, sherry, port, liquid dark fruits, raisins

Overall: I'm conflicted again. This is supposed to be excellent but I think it's oxidized to death. The set alcohol is cloying and overpowering. I'm glad I tried the beer but it is an odd one.

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Photo of YvesB
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PEIhop
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 275ml bottle with a BB of March 2015. ABV is stated as 7.5%. Purchased a while back from the Harvey's shop in Lewes. The label mentions that this was originally brewed for the coronation in 1953 - a barley wine in the style of a 16th century 'October ale'.

A: Poured into a tulip. A deep amber hue with good clarity and medium carbonation. Yields a decent head of frothy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of raisins, light sherry, a touch of apricot, dried fruit, sugar, subtle caramel, yeast esters and faint stewed leaves. Malt-dominant but quite nice.

T: Tastes of sweet, fruity malt with a mild, lingering finish. Notes of raisins, sherry, dried fruit, sugar, a hint of caramel, yeast esters and faint stewed leaves. Possesses a subtle vinous quality and a twinge of cardboard in the background. Little bitterness to speak of. Pretty sweet, followed by a lengthy fruitiness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and good body. Could be a shade thicker for the style. Mildly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sweet fruity malt, yeast esters and subtle stewed leaves/cardboard.

O: Pretty good, though lacking in complexity. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are very sweet and fruity with a sherry-like character. No hop notes or bitterness. Body is OK but maybe a tad too thin. A nice strong ale but could be more rounded - it verges on cloying. Might also benefit from conditioning with live yeast. That said, it's a beer of character that deserves to be sampled.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Brilliant copper amber with a thin white wisp of a head.
S: Nutty toast, some sherry, fruit and earthiness.
T: Big caramel treacle flavors blended with nuts and light toast give way to a grapey, sherry finish. Hints of pear and other light fruit, traces iof tropical fruit and a hint of pineapple.
F: a little above medium on the body and below medium on the carbonation.
O: A very well made and easy to drink old ale.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
1.43/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Considering everyone else's reviews, I must have gotten a bad bottle. What was inside tasted and smelled more like an adjunct lager than a world-class old ale.

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Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mJJJJJJJ
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.88/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Aroma malt, caramel, port, fruity, light figs/raisins, slight oxidation. Taste malt, spice, leather, raisins, bitter woody finish. Ok!

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Photo of tommy5
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Review based on brew bottled in 1998.

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Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of garymuchow
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
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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Photo of deNerval
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of BillRoth
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of RXUYDC
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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Harveys Elizabethan Ale from Harvey & Son Ltd.
3.95 out of 5 based on 155 ratings.
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