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Harveys Porter (Cask)

Brewed by Harveys
Style: Porter
Lewes, England


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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Cask; Seasonal - March. Also available very occasionally bottle conditioned. Originally called 1859 Porter.
NOTE: Only ratings for the cask and bottle-conditioned versions should be posted here. There is a separate listing for the much more common pasteurised bottle version.
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1161) - London via, WALES - MAR 22, 2014
Cask at the Royal Oak London. Black, small white head. Aroma - toned down malts. Body - medium to light, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is strong roast, chemical, ash. Tasty, classic porter. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tompete (197) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2014
On tap at the wharf. Pours an almost muddy looking dark redfish brown with a light brown head. Aroma of toffee and coffee. Flavour is strongly drying and bitter coffee and malt. Finish is dry.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8391) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2010
Cask conditioned handpump Royal Oak Borough. A black beer with an almost beige coloured head. The nose suffers from acidity whereas the mouth is boozy and vinuous. It’s an old fashioned porter and probably divides opinion like the Imperial Stout. Although this didn’t taste the freshest it’s probably more about the way it’s intended. No roast or chocolate. Interesting but perhaps not quite what I like.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (7349) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 30, 2010
Full pint served at the right drinking temperature at Charlies Pub, Copenhagen. Creamy, fawn coloured head with a solid stand. Pitch black body colour. Dark malty aroma with subdued roastiness. On the sweet side of bittersweet flavour, roasted and dry. Weak bitter twist to the ending. Easy to drink. Perhaps not in its best cask condition (Copenhagen, 26.03.2010).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geuzelambix (243) - København, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2010
An ok and totally flat porter. It was more christmas-like that I had thought, with the seasoning and all, but not very sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2010
Near black with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with hard roasted malt, chocolate and coffe notes. Sweet aroma with hard roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee notes. Finishtd sweet and roasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2009
Cask (handpump) at the Royal Oak, Borough, April 2008. Quite dark with a slightly oily texture, although the mouthfeel is not particularly heavy. Fat malt aroma, with some woody notes and lots of figgy fruit, reminiscent of the Imperial Stout. Sweetish and woody on the palate. Also bags of licorice and a little chocolate. Little bitter tang in the aftertaste before the prunes and figs take over again. The slightly vinous, woody character persists throughout. Lots of depth and complexity maintain the interest from the first sip to the last. But also very quaffable. Top notch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (15535) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2009
Cask @ Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen. Pours a black color with a small tan head.Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor with some hints of licorice. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2009
Cask at Charlies in Copenhagen, June 2009. Very dark brown color, moderate beige head. Aroma is dark fruit and roasted malt. Flavor is the same, with some dry hppyness. Tastes kind of «old».

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2009
Cask @ Charlie’s Bar, Ølfestival Valby - CBF09, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Clear dark brown color with a small, fizzy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, moderate hoppy, grapefruit. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light heavy bitter with a long duration, and a dry finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. [20090515]

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