Brewed by Harveys
Style: Old Ale
Lewes, England


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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (9189) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2016
[email protected], Copenhagen - dark dark brown verging black pour with beige head. Toasted and roasted malty with notes of caramel, some treacle, sweet toasted finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
#3Cheers (1) - Eastbourne, East Sussex, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2016 does not count
Lovely beer - makes winter worth having. One of my all time favourites, and sessionable too. Aroma - Toast and Hay with some roastiness, A dark reddish brown, that looks great by firelight. Not over powering, but subtly balanced malt and hops. Used to be called a Brown Ale, but that compartmentalises it too much. To me its a genuine classic. Not usually available far from the source in Lewes. Like most Harveys beers, never seems to travel well, but fabulous locally.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (22014) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Cask at Churchkey. Clear maroon color, thin tan head. Aroma of toasted brownies. Taste has light riast, subtle herbs. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (4438) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2016
From a cask at the 2016 Atlanta Cask Ale Festival. Murky dark brown body with a bubbly light tan head. Decent aroma despite some of notes. The malty flavor is better and has hints of raisins and vague dark fruits. Near medium body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybercat (5239) - Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Taps barely translucent chocolate with a thin and frothy buff head. The aroma presents a little malt and caramel, not much. Flavor is better, though, more malt and a snip of fruit. Mouthfeel features decent fizz and body. Fine for remembering the old times.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (2655) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2015
From cask, pours a dark mahogany color with a tan head. The smell is dark malt, wood, molasses, dark fruit. The taste is roasted malt, dark fruit, wood ending dry and deep. The body is light/medium with mild carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erzengel (8028) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2015
On cask at the Royal Oak. Smooth malty beginning. Fresh, round with a nice malty body. Fresh roast, caramel, mild bitterness. Easy to drink with depth. Round and fresh malty aftertaste. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (4929) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2015
Cask, hand-pulled, Drum & Monkey, Glasgow (30 Nov 2015), grassy, roasted malt aroma, near black with a thin, beige head and excellent lacing, fruity, toffee, grassy flavour, very easy to drink, well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (3097) - 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 (17600) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, 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.

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