Brewed by Harveys
Style: Brown Ale
Lewes, England


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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Bottle; Unfiltered - Regular. Has also been seen on cask.
Best Standard Dark Ale in the 2008 World Beer Awards. A traditional full malty ’Brown Ale’ with a creamy head. Mild hop notes with a lingering biscuity sweet palate give coffee and liquorice notes. A bitter sweet finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
worldbeertaste (1704) - West Midlands, - SEP 8, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2012 Very dark brown but under a light you can see through it. Caramel smell of dark malt and liquorish and plum. Smooth light thin body. Tastes of brown sugar, plum, liquorish, malt and chocolate. Sweet with a dry bitter finish. Kind of like candy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vladivostok (293) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MissPxx (634) - - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer (1681) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erzengel (4502) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (2595) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7881) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
Cask at Lord Nelson, Brighton. It pours very dark bewn with a small beige head. The nose is caramel, plum, raisin, treacle and cola. The taste is smooth, mellow roast, caramel, liquorice, wood, raisin, cola and date with a dry, earthy finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Pretty impressed with this Harvey offering. Tasty, very well balanced and rather drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Aniela (2552) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2013
Cask at Market Porter, London dec 2012. Clear amber beer with a small beige head. Malty, hay, vanilla aroma with some caramell notes. Malty and vanilla flavour. Too sweet..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (11937) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2012
Cask at Market Porter, London. Clear amber beer with a small but lasting offwhite/beige head. Malty fruity aroma, caramel, toffee, vanilla, milk notes, chocolate. Malty caramel flavor, hay, vanilla, grapes, pears, apples, candy notes. Too sweet and cloying. Caramel finish with peach, vanilla, cocoa powder and cream.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle, thanks Stephanos! Deep black/brown, creamy off-white head. Rich stewed fruits, dates, figs, some dark chocolate nose. Lovely sweet candy front, almost slightly Belgian, but without the yeast flavours. Definite fruit cake, hint of liquorice, soft smooth creamy sweetness in the finish. Tastes much bigger than 4.8%, in a good way. Lovely.

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