Brewed by Harveys
Style: Porter
Lewes, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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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’.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4910) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14978) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobBestwick (590) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2003
Bottled. Hmmmm beer my trustworthy friend…. How good is porter?! Dark and sweet this just keeps begs to be drunk with a smile. Black with fine brown lacy head. Sweet roasted malt nose just begs drinking. Sweet and syrupy it’s not unlike an imperial stout at first taste. Burnt malt woody flavour with a dry ashy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
pivo (2571) - GERMANY - FEB 28, 2003
Wasn't impressed too much with this. Has a sour belgian-like nose that is medicinal. Dark brown color and a spongy tan head. Toasted malt taste with a dry bitter end. Thin with a quick profile. Recalls the Harveys Stout I didn't like too much either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YogiBeera (2480) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2003
Medicinal nose with peppermint, malt and coffee. In taste and smell it reminds a little bit on the brewers Imperial Extra Double Stout, it is like it's little brother. Dark brown color with hints of red. Medium´frothy head, leaving laces. Coffee and peppermint taste. Sour, almost like buttermilk, but thin, medium lasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2002
Mmmm. The place i get these beers from must have had them for ages. This one also tasted well aged. Very smoothed out and rich. Heavy roasted flavor, with a bit of hoppiness. Hops have an odd astringency that’s not at all unpleasant. A bit sour, with a touch of prune/raisin flavor. Highly recommended for those of you that favor porters. Beer as art.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2002
Deep brown to black colour. Raisiny, liqorice aroma, with a bit of roasty coffee flavours. Quite sweet, raisiny anise flavours, with a roasty malt finish, i liked it, but it was a little sweet.

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