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Harveys Sussex XXXX Old Ale

Brewed by Harveys Brewery
Style: Old Ale
Lewes, England


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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheresthepath (1833) - 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 (12953) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (9824) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2014
Cask @ The Wharf, Aalborg, Denmark
Pours dark reddish brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, bread and raisin. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with along caramel, bready and raisin finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is flat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (15605) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2014
Cask, at the Wharf. A dark reddish brown beer with a small beige head. Quite weak nose with some roasted malts and dried fruits. Caramel and a touch of bread. There’s a nice bitterness in the flavor, with bready, roasted, caramel malts and raisins. Medium body, soft carbonation, quite dry. Malty finish. Rather boring this one, and i was expecting more. 141026

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (3839) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (4353) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tompete (251) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdKing (2201) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
batneil (496) - - FEB 5, 2014
A pretty decent beer. Easy drinking. Had one at the Cleveland Arms near Paddington.

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