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Harveys Sussex XXXX Old Ale

Brewed by Harveys Brewery
Style: Old Ale
Lewes, England


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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask: Seasonal - October to May.
A dark seasonal drink. The advent of ‘Old’ is eagerly awaited by its devotees. Reminiscent of the mild ales produced during the early part of this century, it is brewed to an original gravity of 1040° -1044° using a high percentage of crystal malt and black sugars. The result is a soft, full beer with a nutty palate which has been awarded First Prize at the International Brewers’ Exhibition on three separate occasions.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2585) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2015
Cask at 33rd Old Ale fest at White Horse, Parsons Green, London. A dark brown coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Roasty, caramel, dark fruit aroma. Tastes similar, roasty, caramel, dark fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14326) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2015
Cask at the White Horse Old Ale Festival, 19/11/15. Extremely dark mahogany brown with a well appointed beige covering that retains well, a real looker of a beer. Nose is earthy, light yeast, dark fruit shreds, toffee, spice. Taste comprises brown bread, red berry, light cocoa, fruit cake, light spice, raisens. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with light peppery notes. Solid stuff, lots of depth for the ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichTheVillan (5220) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2015
Cask at the Old Contemptibles; clear dark chestnut brown pour with a thin beige head, aroma has light coffee and a hint of raisins, taste has burnt coffee, light fruits, moderate bitterness, ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4212) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2015
Cask at Old Contemptibles, Birmingham. Soft, nutty bitter. Dark brown. Rich, smooth, undramatic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
cjennings1987 (18) - harwich, Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2015
Dark beer with lighter taste. Quite clean and not too strong. Doesn’t domuch on the palatebut pleasantall the same

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (7165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 8, 2015
Cask at the Haymarket. Pours clear dark brown with a bubbly beige head. Aromas of red fruit, toffee. Taste is light minerals, toffee. Clean finish, if a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (18566) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 7, 2015
Cask at the haymarket bar... Dark dark almost black... Thin tan head.. Soft sweet toffee roast.. Light berries malts nose.. Soft sweet toffee fruit.. Blackcurrant... Dark soft light chocolate.. Light roast fruitsy malts

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheresthepath (1876) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2015
Cask at the Oakford Social Club, Reading. Pleasant surprise to see a Harvey’s brew (other than Sussex Best) in a non-Harvey’s tie. Chestnut coloured with a thick beige head. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Lots of chocolate flavour balanced against some old oak wardrobes with a hint of flowers and some dry red wine in the finish. Decent pint this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (13345) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 28, 2015
Cask at the Wharf 261014. Dark amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, yeast, malt, hop. Flavour is caramel, yeast, roasted malt, hop, bread. Medium body. Ordinary beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
Cask at The Royal Oak. Deep brown pour with a tan-tinted head. The nose is quite earthy. Soft brown malt, a touch of light toffee and some dark malt. Really soft bitterness but leans to malt accented. A little bit of spicy hoppiness and a faint whiff of sulfur. Delicious.

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