Harveys Christmas Ale

275 mL bottle, Green’s, Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. $3.95.

Presumably 2006 vintage, but despite the bottle saying that “Best Before Date and Lot Number” are on the “bottle top”, apparently they were not – not on the bottle itself or the cap (inside or out).

A still pour, with a real nice dark brown amber color with plenty of serious red highlights. Minimal lacing and head consistent with the ABV.

Very little hint of spice to place this in the WW category. Without question this appears to drink much more like an Old Ale. Aroma is VERY heavy on the sherry and port notes (which I like). These notes are very much upfront in the tastes too, but the beer ends VERY abruptly and sharp with some serious bitterness. It is grapefruit based, but not hop based – extreme burned notes, almost charcoal like.

I like this beer, and I like the WW style, but I don’t think this beer IS a WW. As an Old Ale it works, until the exremely bitter end. A slightly odd marriage of styles but an interesting beer, especially for the holiday period.

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01/11/2007
Format:
bottle
ABV: 8.1 %
Appearance: 4.5
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 5
Overall: 3.5
Total: 4.13
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