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Harveys Sussex XXXX Old Ale

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Brewed by Harveys
Style: Old Ale
Lewes, England

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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (1707) - WALES - MAR 22, 2014
Cask at the Royal Oak London. Dark brown, initially has a big bubbly head, but dies down quite quickly. Aroma - soft malts. Body light, smooth, slightly foamy. Taste - sweet toffee malts and ash. Decent traditional cask ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (3352) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2014
Cask at the Royal Oak. Brown with ruby tint, off white head. Aroma malty and vinous, complex with plum notes. Taste is sweet, plums and light wood. Nice!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tompete (211) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2014
On tap at the wharf. Clear dark brown with a watery beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, toffee and spice, maybe ginger. The smell is like a toasted gingerbread cookie, but not sweet. Flavour is moderately malty and perfectly balanced bitter. Body is medium to thin. Finish is smoothly bitter and rich. Good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdKing (1872) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
Cask in The Royal Oak. Colour is very dark brown, with some clarity, off white foam head. Looks colour of Coca-cola. Nose is roasted malt, fruity esters, Vimto or Coca-cola fruitiness, caramel, brown sugar, woody earthy English hops, light dark chocolate, Harveys yeast, so touch of mushoom and sulphur. Taste is roasted malt, light black instant coffee, fruity Vimto/Coca-cola. Texture and body is light and on the watery side. Nice beer though.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
batneil (284) - - FEB 5, 2014
A pretty decent beer. Easy drinking. Had one at the Cleveland Arms near Paddington.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2013
21st February 2013
Chelmsford Winter Beer Festival in KEGS! Clear dark brown beer. Bubbly tan head. Light palate, dry and crispy. Typical Harveys eggy streak here, mercifully not too strong. Minerals. Sweetish dark fruits. Dry finish. Meh!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20330) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 26, 2012
Cask@Pigs Ear Beer Festival 2011. Rubyish brown colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet malts, some toast and smoke along with some tobacco and ashes as well. Flavour is quite similar. A bit thin as for the palate, so could do with a bit higher abv.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewBoxer (2005) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Cask. Deep black brown color. Smells of carmel, nuts andtoast. Very malty and bland. Not what I’d expect from a low abv old ale

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
niquillis (820) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2011
On cask at George and Dragon, Tarring, Worthing. Pours dark brown with a lively white head, Nuts, malt, bitter finish. Not bad at all. Better than Harveys usual blandness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (2472) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2011
Cask at the Royal Oak. Dark mahogany with a fine creamy beige head and coffee, a vinous tartness and a hint of milk chocolate on the nose. Rich body, with lightly roasted malt, a touch of bitter-sweet chocolate, and a little prune on the palate. Very nice.


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