Second winter ale on this year’s list just so happens to be the “best of show” for both “The Belly” and I the other night. I had never heard of Harvey’s Brewery before, but boy am I glad “The Belly” picked some up at Malt & Vine the other day. With a statement like the following, and our experience with Harvey’s Christmas Ale, I really look forward to finding more beer from these folks (although it might be hard since they are across the pond)… I think they need to brew us a JustBeer Anniversary Beer for our upcoming 1 year mark… 🙂
Between bottles and casks, 33 varieties of beer are regularly produced at Harveys brewery. That takes no account of other commemorative or Celebration Beers that can be produced in surprisingly small quantities for individuals or organisations.
As far as the tasting goes, this has to be one of the most unique Christmas Ales or Winter Ales out there. A high ABV (8.1%) is hidden by a sweet and complex brew that works as well at the kitchen counter talking amongst friends as it would in front of a warm winter fire, making sweet… never mind. Anyhow, the nose tips you off to something special right off the bat. It is sweet but there is also something in there that it is hard to discern… maybe honey? Would like to know if you know. The rest of the beer is a whirlwind ride along the pathway to differentville. It is a super smooth body with lots of mellowing malts and some sweet and spice in there to really mix up the finish.
Overall an outstanding ale that deserves your time.
JBB6 Rating: For the Win