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Brewed by Harveys
Style: Porter
Lewes, England

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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Bottle: Filtered.
Originally called 1859 Porter. Exported to USA as Tom Paine Original Old Porter.
We have taken a porter recipe of 1859 from Henry Harvey’s brewing journal and reproduced it faithfully using pale ale malt, crystal malt, black malt, locally grown hops, our own spring water and yeast strain. We have subsequently bottled the beer in both pasteurised and bottle conditioned form. However, each March draught 1859 Porter is on sale for one month only as part of our programme of ‘Seasonal Brews’.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6514) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Head is small, fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, molasses), with notes of sherry and tar. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Sour, somewhat boring aroma, not to my liking.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Bottle pours black with no head, but lace sheets that cling to the sides of my nonic. The aroma is roasted, malty, and chocolate like. The flavor starts out sweet and caramel like, with a roasted malt middle, and a bitter and slightly sour finish. The palate is very smooth and fairly rich. Overall, this is pretty good. I wish I had a nice steak to go with this.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
Dry and roasted aroma and flavour. Malty finish. Black, mild and soft aftertaste. Some sour notes.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Wow! Different labelling on my bottle than shown here. This is soft and mineralized, black malt(chocolatey) to the extreme, toffeeish, sweet, very slightly bitter. A great beer - rich and creamy. Long lasting thin head. Intensely drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zippermouth (35) - Newcastle, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2004
Another Harvey that Ive had in the bottle. Chocolate and liqorise and cappacino and other flavours and red wine. Zippy all right. Good brewer this one. They bottle all right.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2004
Black as hell. Very dry and a bit sweet. A bit bready and bitter. This is a nice complex porter.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Smells incredibly malty and strong with molasses. The body is a little too thin and even watery. Very malty for a porter. Not very carbonated at all, but yet it is pretty creamy. It does have some kind of mineral salt essence to it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5166) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2004
I found a lone, dust covered bottle of this at a local store, with a torn label, and what appeared to be a pidgeon feather stuck to the price tag - pour is very opaque, with a somewhat frothy lacing - highly complex aroma of brown sugar, prunes, dates, licorice - nearly zero carbonation, medium bodied - slight bitterness cuts the sweet flavors of dates, chocolate chip cookie dough, sweetened coffee, licorice - bready finish - a unique and tasty porter.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (15750) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2004
Very dark, with a brown head. Roasted malt; very strong liquorice taste, dry mouthfeel. Strong bitterness, with coffee notes.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobBestwick (631) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 19, 2003
hop sack and cedar aroma, very very dark tawny hue with a brilliant thick off white head, this porter has a medicinal feel to it with some bitter chocolate notes, the finish is long and dry, superb.


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