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Harveys Lewes Castle (Bottle)

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Brewed by Harveys Brewery
Style: Brown Ale
Lewes, England

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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Bottle: 500ml only. Also available on draught throughout August.

Best Standard Dark Ale in the 2008 Lewes Castle is a traditional brown ale. The label depicts the brewery and Cliffe Bridge, lying beneath the castle, in the Ouse Valley.

Full malty ’Brown Ale’ with a creamy head. Mild hop notes with a lingering biscuity sweet palate give coffee and liquorice notes. A bittersweet finish.

Contains: Barley


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8822) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2015
Bottle at Royal Oak, Borough. It pours darkest brown with a decent beige head. The nose is rich malts, malt loaf, soreen, plum, prune, blackcurrant, fruit jam and port wine. The taste is bitter-sweet, rich malty action, dark fruits, plum, prune, jammy berry, earthy roast, red grape, Vimto and port wine. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not quite as good as the cask, but one of Harvey’s best bottled beers for sure.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nihtila (1615) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle thanks to Ashton. Pours very dark ruby. Aroma is stuffy malts, berries, Taste is dark malts, berries, light caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (3765) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle from Harvey’s online. Appearance - deep brown with a lovely red chink at the bottom. A shame the head is thin otherwise it would’ve been a 5 for appearance. Nose - dark sugar and subtle red fruit. Taste - loads of red fruits. Redcurrants and cherry with dark sugars. Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy yet tangy texture and a long d Overall - it’s not a typical brown ale. But it’s interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (6063) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle shared with Ashton McCobb and nihtila. Pours clear red brown thin ring of white head. Aromas of brown malt, dark sugar. Taste is dark, almost burnt sugar. Sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vladivostok (323) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Cask at GBBF. Dark brown with a lasting off-white head. Gentle malt aroma and hints of chocolate and caramel. By design presumably, very little hop flavour. Not much conditioning which I put down to the less than ideal conditions but a good ale nonetheless.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MissPxx (782) - - APR 19, 2014
Very fruity aroma. Dark dark brown colour. Nearly black. Nice very slight creamy head. Fruity when it hits the nose. Quite malty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer (1994) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2014
Aroma: light roasted caramel malts, some dark fruits. Appearance: clear medium brown, small white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: soft carbonation, roasted malts again, some spices. Overall: nice Brown Ale. Pint at the GBBF13, London.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kdoc (14) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark caramel, zero head, looks like a flat coke. No aroma. Light caramel flavours, slight roast. Sweet side of balanced bitterness. Fizzy. Pretty refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erzengel (5363) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2014
a) Bottle, pasteurised: Rating from 2011: Für ein englisches Bier starke Schaumbildung mit meiner schönen dunkelbeigen Schaumkrone. Der Antrunk ist sehr schön weich-cremig, recht CO²-arm. Dabei schon malzig-schokoladig-nussig. Zum Hauptteil werden diese schönen dunkelmazigen Aromen deutlicher. Die schokoladige Nussigkeit tritt stärker in den Vordergrund und verbindet sich mit der angenehmen Herbe und den leichten Ale-Noten zu einem hervorragenden Gesamtwerk. Dabei angenehm leicht süßlich, ohne penetrant zu wirken. Der Nachgeschmack ist lang anhaltend - einerseits herb-nussig-schokoladenmalzig, andererseits weich, süßlich, cremig. --> Ein sehr tolles Brown Ale! Sehr zu empfehlen! --> 12,12,13,13,12,13 - 12,70

b) Cask @ GBBF 2014, unpasteurised. The beer starts smooth and nice malty. Fresh with hints of nuts and a nice malty fruitiness Very smooth. Malty, fruity, hints of nuts in the mainpart, very intense with roasted hints. Nice and smooth till the end, deep with a nice dryer malty body.
Great brew! Nice balance between nuts and caramel, roasted malt and malty sweetness. 12/12/13/12

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (3641) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2013
Cask@Charlies Bar, Copenhagen - Dark brown pour with a tan/beige head Caramel dark malts, toffee, dark fruits (plum/raisin) syurp, brown sugar, some light roasted chocolate. Nice mouthfeel, and finish. Very good.


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