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Harveys Old Ale (Bottle)

Brewed by Harveys
Style: Mild Ale
Lewes, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
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A premium bottled beer, originally brewed as No.1 Brown Ale but renamed due to the number of awards it has gained at successive International Brewers’ Exhibitions since 1952. Brewed to an original gravity of 1040° -1044° this dark, full bodied beer combines sweetness and strength to produce an exceptionally smooth palate for a discerning public.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rasmus40 (10578) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2013
Bottle @ Royal Oak, Borough, London. Clear dark brown with a lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and a little dried fruit. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Dry and light bitter finish. 051013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quack-Duck (7773) - Down South, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2013
bottle from Noble Wines Tunbridge Wells. Deep brown colour, small beige head. Light-bodied, malty start and some shy hops. Hints of dried fruit and caramel. Quite flavourful for the strength!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
saxo (13796) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2013
Bottle @ Royal Oak, Borough, London. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are caramel, bread, malt and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chrisv10 (10783) - DENMARK - OCT 7, 2013
Bottle @ Royal Oak, 3.6%. Dark brown with small tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel and bread. Flavour is malt, caramel, bread, toasted, medium sweet, little dark fruits, little chocolate and a little bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Erzengel (2384) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2013
Rating from 2011: So - ein "Mild Ale". Ich bin gespannt. Laut Etikett seit 1952 regelmäßig prämiert - zum letzten Mal 1998 als «World’s Best Mild Ale». Tiefschwarz steht es im Glas, kaum beiger Schaum. Der Geruch ist aletypisch-malzig und leicht süßlich. Im Antrunk zeigt es nich trocken-malzig und durch die 3,6% auch recht leicht, gerade an der Grenze zum Wässrigen. Zum Hauptteil kommt eine malzbiertypische Süße hinzu, die aber gut mit der aufkommenden Herbe harmoniert. Röstaromen deutlich erkennbar, genauso wie milder (Malz)Zucker. Sehr harmonisch. Der Nachgeschmack ist mittellang, ale-typisch trocken und malzbiersüßlich-herb, aber ohne klebrig zu wirken. --> eine interessante Kombination. Mir vielleicht einen Tick zu süßlich, aber ich denke, "das muss so". Lecker und erfrischend! --> 12,10,13,10,12,10 - 10,75

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gary (1333) - Brentford, London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2013
(Bottled) It looked like Imperial Stout in a snifter but tasted like a soulless pasteurised 3.6% beer with no balls .

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle, almost no nose what-so-ever. Pours a dark brown almost black. All i got was a nutty toasted flavour, i have no problem with that but thats all i got which is boring over the whole bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (5637) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2013
2 bouteilles de 330 ml partagées lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Légère odeur de céréale grillée et de fruité. Apparence: La couleur est rouge-brunâtre. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de caramel et de céréale avec une pointe fruité. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de fruit légèrement sûrette en arrière goût. (Rating #5078)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2013
275ml bottle at Royal Oak, Borough clear deep mahogany with a small beige off white head. Aroma is treacle, herbal bitterness, mineral tang and nutty roast. Taste follows, less sweet. Light body, a bit astringent, a little burnt in the aftertaste. Pretty solid FWII.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Nuances of blueberry jam, earthy hops and light minerals make this delicate Dark Mild a memorable quencher.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the darkest brown.
-The flavor profile is a tad too subtle for my liking. Muse be a bit livelier on cask, I presume.
-The aroma was more expressive than the flavor profile.
-The finish was a tad weak. A few minerals, and not much else.
-The mouthfeel was on the dry side, which made the brew even more drinkable.


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