Harveys Reviews




SlackerMads
3.6
Harveys Sussex XXXX Old Ale
Cask at Charlies Bar. Clear chestnut brown with a medium sized light brown head with good retention. Malty nose with dark bread, caramel and cocoa. The flavour is soft and malty with dark bread, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla and dark wood. Medium body, soft texture, medium sweet with light bitterness. Soft malty finish. Good. Imperial nisseøl.
Monday, February 20, 2017

Idiosynkrasie
3.2
Harveys 1859 Porter (Bottle)
500ml bottle. Black-ish chestnut colour with small, thick, frothy to creamy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, off-white to beige head. Roasty, dark malty aroma with hints of liquorice, cocoa powder, slightly burnt coffee beans, roasted nuts, minimally floral hoppy overtones, a cautious touch of lovage. Taste is roasty dark malty, spicy, minimally metallic, diluted hints of liquorice, hints of lovage, an earthy nuttily touch as well; minimally watery.
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Grumbo
4.1
Harveys Prince of Denmark
Cask at the 2017 Chelmsford & Mid Essex Winter Beer Festival. Pours black with a bubbly tan head. Aroma of malt, light spice, chocolate, roasted notes, nice and rich. Light sweetness with medium to heavy bitterness. Full body and rich slick texture. Carbonation is soft. Finish is long, bitter, roasted. Very good. My beer of the festival.
Sunday, February 19, 2017

harrisoni
3.3
Harveys Malt Brown
On tap at The New Inn Canterbury. Almost black beer very malty indeed. some dark fruits. de entry enough. good brown ale.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Camons
3.4
Harveys Sussex XXXX Old Ale
Cask @ Chelmsford Winter Beer festival. Pours very dark brown with a small offwhite head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, candy sugar, wood, dried fruit. Flavor is fairly sweet, malty, caramel, candy sugar, dried fruit. Medium body, soft carbonation, sweet finish. 160217
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Rasmus40
3.2
Harveys Sussex XXXX Old Ale
Cask @ Chelmsford Winter Beer Festival. Hazy dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and a little roasted malt. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. 160217
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Mr_Pink_152
3.2
Harveys Gold Bier
Tried at the Golden Eagle, Lincoln. Deep golden colour with a thick white head. Aroma is light malty caramel and fruity to floral. Taste is mid bittersweet. A touch gassy.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

john44
3.6
Harveys 1859 Porter (Bottle)
Bottle. Reddish black colour. Lots of lightly roasted malts (caramel, toffee, liquorice, some chocolate and coffee). Fruity (dark fruits). Port-like flavour. Sweetish leading to a dry roasty bitter hoppy finish. Very nice! (2008)
Monday, February 13, 2017

Niller
3.4
Harveys Prince of Denmark
Bottle from Boxbeers. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma and taste is dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, licorice, dark fruits. Full body. Soft carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Bitter malty finish.
Monday, February 13, 2017

thejackpacker
4.3
Harveys Sussex Best Bitter (Can)
Can from brewery in Lewes. Just as good in can form as it is from cask which surprising especially given lower %.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

thejackpacker
4.2
Harveys Malt Brown
Keg at Spirit of Christmas, Ardingly. A fabulous new surprise from Harvey’s. It tasted very malty, the malts were bittersweet and rich but stil smooth and lightly carbonated. Could drink a good pint of this and be happy for winter (for once).
Thursday, February 9, 2017

thejackpacker
4.3
Harveys Star of Eastbourne (Bottle)
Bottle from brewery in Lewes. If this is what beers were like being sent around the world in the 19th century, take me back! The Star of Eastbourne is delicious. Strong, full of flavour, slightly sweet and slightly bitter. You must be in the mood for a more meaty beer, but if you are, enjoy, it’s a stayer.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

thejackpacker
3.2
Harveys Georgian Dragon (Bottle)
Bottle from the brewery in Lewes. Don’t have much to comment I haven’t for other Harvey’s ale. All enjoyable although this one came across as more bland than the others.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

thejackpacker
3
Harveys 1859 Porter (Bottle)
Bottle from the brewery in Lewes. Found this porter to be a little too bitter (prefer Harvey’s ales) although it did have some delicious hints of classic porter flavours at the back of the mouth.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

thejackpacker
1.9
Harveys India Pale Ale (IPA) (Cask)
Cask from pub opposite the brewery in Lewes. The aroma was pretty skunky and unpleasant, bit of pub floor smell. Taste lacked power to make up for this given its very low %. Prefer my IPA more hoppy and stronger.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

thejackpacker
1.9
Harveys Christmas Ale (Cask)
Cask at pub opposite brewery in Lewes. I knew they had some problems with the batch this year with the Christmas ale (which apparently justified mental price put on a half pint!!!). The taste was quite odd from cask and was surprised how much it tastes like an off port...not pleasant given this is one of my favourite Christmas beers in bottle form.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

thejackpacker
3.4
Harveys Christmas Ale (Bottle)
Bottle from brewery in Lewes. Definitely a beer that must be drunk at the right time I.e at Christmas. It is so full bodied, malty, powerful. Ideal queens speech or Boxing Day beverage replacement for port (or just have both)
Thursday, February 9, 2017

thejackpacker
4.3
Harveys Sussex XXXX Old Ale
Cask at the Ship, Meads in Eastbourne. A beer of huge stature, strong flavour of toffee. Obviously quite sweet and malty but very drinkable, much more pleasant pub pint than the Christmas ale. Confirmed at pubs across Lewes.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

john44
3.4
Harveys Christmas Ale (Cask)
Cask Half Pint at White Horse, Parsons Green, London in Dec 2009 - Reddish Brown in colour. Syrupy sweet. Very Fruity; dark fruits, raisins, oranges, berries. Spicy. Malty; caramel, toffee, candy sugar, toasty malts. Earthy hops. Vinous; sherry-like. Very sweet fruity malty throughout. Dry fruity malty finish. Good, but wouldn’t be able to drink more than a half due to overwhelming sweetness. (2009-12)
Thursday, February 9, 2017

john44
3.3
Harveys Bonfire Boy (Bottle)
Cask Pint at White Horse, Parsons Green, London in Dec 2009 - Dark Mahogany in colour. Malty; sweet roast/burnt malts, toffee, caramel, burnt sugar. Fruity; dark fruits, raisins. Hoppy; earthy hops. Sweet roast/burnt malty throughout with a bitter edge. Dry malty finish. Tasty, but a bit too sweet. (2009-12)
Thursday, February 9, 2017

john44
3
Harveys Sussex XX Mild [aka Sussex Dark Mild] (Cask)
Cask Half Pint at White Horse, Parsons Green, London in Dec 2009 - Dark Brown in colour with Reddish highlights. Malty; very roast malts (almost burnt), caramel, hint of chocolate. Rather earthy taste; unique Harvey’s yeast. Very full flavoured for ABV. Roast/burnt malty throughout with a bitter/sour edge. Drinkable. Sessionable. (2009-12)
Thursday, February 9, 2017

thejackpacker
2.5
Harveys Gold Bier
Can from the brewery in Lewes. A very odd beer, was expecting a bier but got something else. It is like a tasty lager with a distinct Harvey’s taste (which I adore) but the mix was just not meant to be in my mind. Better to expect a golden ale and it might be more enjoyable.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

thejackpacker
4
Harveys Armada Ale (Bottle)
Bottle from brewery in Lewes. Goes down extraordinarily well and could go the mile for any session at the pub. Not a huge amount of flavour but who cares!
Thursday, February 9, 2017

thejackpacker
1.7
Harveys Prince of Denmark
Bottle from brewery in Lewes. I am clearly outnumbered here but confirms my fear of imperial stouts. Initial enjoyment from the aroma and huge flavour profile gave way to feeling run over by tobacco and chocolate. Like scraping the barrel of a sticky, burnt tobacco barrel.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

thejackpacker
3.7
Harveys Albion Ale
Bottle from brewery in Lewes. A decent ale to spend an evening with. Not a huge amount to say.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

thejackpacker
4.5
Harveys Tom Paine Ale (Bottle)
Bottle from brewery in Lewes. Just a fantastic cuddle in a beer form. No one makes bitters like Harvey’s.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

thejackpacker
4.3
Harveys Sussex Best Bitter (Cask)
A classic Sussex beer. Could drink this for hours, the taste of home. Wholesome tasting yet remaining light. Has to be one of the best bitters.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

ulrikolsen
3.4
Harveys Armada Ale (Cask)
Cask@Charlies. Pours clear amber with offwhite head. Aroma has light malt, bread and biscuit and a hint of grassy hops. Taste is malty with light bread, biscuit, nicely bitter with grassy hops. Finish is malty and dry and has a rich mouthfeel for a beer this light in alcohol.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

john44
3.3
Harveys Christmas Ale (Bottle)
Bottle. Mahogany/Reddish in colour. Malty; roast malts, toffee, brown sugar. Fruity; dark fruits, raisins, possibly plums, hint of spice. Earthy hops. Sweet malty throughout with some hoppy bitterness in the dry finish. (2009-02)
Sunday, February 5, 2017

Zlotta
3.8
Harveys Prince of Denmark
0.275 l bottle from ’Marktkauf Nowak’ (Iserlohn), best before January 2018. Pitch black with a thin, frothy, almost stable, beige head. Sweetish-malty, slightly roasty and a little fruity aroma of licorice, raisins, prunes, soy sauce, oak and some chocolate. Sweetish-malty, quite roasty, very umami taste of lots of soy sauce, licorice, oak, dark fruits, dark chocolate, some tar and coffee, followed by a long, rather roasty-bitter, dry and umami finish. Full body, oily mouthfeel, almost flat. A bit unusual, but very nice and satisfying!
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Zlotta
3.4
Harveys Tom Paine Ale (Bottle)
0.5 l bottle from ’Marktkauf Nowak’ (Iserlohn), best before November 2017. Clear, reddish amber with a thin, frothy, slowly diminishing, off-white head. Sweetish, floral, fruity-spicy aroma of orange jam, honey and hints of tea leaves. Sweetish, fruity-spicy, a bit floral taste of orange jam, apricot, tea leaves, toffee and some honey, followed by a medium long, moderately bitter, rather dry and a bit herbal-spicy finish. Medium body, smooth and slightly effervescent mouthfeel, very soft carbonation. Decent Ale, well-balanced, easily drinkable, nice!
Thursday, February 2, 2017

minutemat
3.6
Harveys Imperial Extra Double Stout
275ml bottle @ monthly tasting, at Chez Sophie, courtesy of Mike. Pours dark, foamy tan head. Aroma is fairly sweet, chocolate. Taste brings strong, rich liquorice, coffee, dark fruits.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

john44
3.4
Harveys Tom Paine Ale (Bottle)
Bottle. Reddish Copper in colour. Malty; sweet bready malts, caramel and toffee. Syrupy. Fruity; oranges. Hoppy; lightly earthy hops. Sweet malty fruity throughout with some hoppy bitterness in the rather dry finish. Decent. Very drinkable. (2010-07)
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

minutemat
3
Harveys Christmas Ale (Bottle)
330ml bottle @ monthly tasting, Chez Sophie, courtesy of Mike. Thanks Mike! Pours deep amber, thin off-white head. Aroma has fruity hints, caramel. Taste is fairly light, caramel, alcohol, ripened fruit.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Borup
3.6
Harveys Christmas Ale (Bottle)
33 cl. bottle. Clear amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of raisin, malt, caramel, spice, dried fruit and sweetness.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

john44
3.5
Harveys 1859 Porter (Cask)
Cask Pint at The Royal Oak, Borough, London in Mar 2010 - Black in colour. Very Malty; roasty/burnt malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, caramel. Hoppy; earthy hops. Fruity; berries, some dark fruits. Very burnt roast malts with a sour hop/fruit edge. Very very dry. (2010-03)
Sunday, January 29, 2017

john44
3.1
Harveys Sussex Pale Ale
Cask Pint at The Royal Oak, Borough, London in Mar 2010 - Golden in colour. Hoppy; grassy and earthy hops. Malty; grainy malts, caramel. Very full flavoured for low ABV. Hop bitterness dominates malts. Dry throughout. Very drinkable. (2010-03)
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Nevalainen
3.9
Harveys Christmas Ale (Bottle)
Clear amber color with tiny off-white head. Aroma of caramel and resins. Taste is medium sweet with notes of malt and dark fruits. Very nice barley wine, well balanced and easy to drink.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

mike_77
4.1
Harveys Prince of Denmark
Black with thin creamy head. Aroma and flavour have intensely rich and complex dark malts and also some chocolate and liquorice.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

undercurrent25
3.5
Harveys Prince of Denmark
Pours a black colour. Taste is of roasted makts and liqpurice. Quite rich, a very nice beer
Thursday, January 19, 2017

undercurrent25
2.5
Harveys Sussex XXXX Old Ale
Pours a dark colour. Appwaranxe quite flat some malt and rancid vinegar not my kind of thing.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

mike_77
3.4
Harveys Sussex XXXX Old Ale
Dark brown with thin head. Aroma and flavour have plenty of rich and fruity malt notes.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

undercurrent25
3
Harveys Armada Ale (Cask)
Pours a brown colour. Taste is quite bitter but overall well balanced. Decrnt session ale
Thursday, January 19, 2017

mike_77
3.3
Harveys Armada Ale (Cask)
Dark golden colour with lasting head. Aroma and flavour have light hops. Well balanced and sessionable British style IPA.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

gormck
4.6
Harveys Bonfire Boy (Cask)
The most outstanding Harveys beer I have tasted. Up until now Harvey’s best held the crown of all beers
Friday, January 13, 2017

BeardedAvenger
4
Harveys Prince of Denmark
Bottle at home. BB Oct 2014. Bought at Royal Oak, Borough a month or so ago - they had to fetch a dusty couple of pre-aged bottles from the cellar. Enjoyable stewed fruits, prunes and port aroma. Also got a smokiness when I stuck my nose in to the tulip for my first sip. A glossy black. The dark beige head soon faded to nothing. A rich sweet fruitless before a bitter kick that smoothes off into an almost charred liquorice finish. Light bodied. Oily. Long warming and astringent finish. I like.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

anders37
3.1
Harveys Lewes Castle (Cask)
Cask @ Market Porter, Borough SE1. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a slightly roasted malty caramel aroma. Slightly roasted malty caramel flavor. Has a slightly roasted malty caramel finish with weak hoppy hints.
Monday, January 9, 2017

Hoprider
3.7
Harveys Prince of Denmark
2010 vintage 8% abv. Gushed when opened. Smells infected and vinous and roasted at the same time. Big licorice and roast along with dates way in the background. The taste is pretty much as described above; big roast, vinous with some infection notes. Very flavourful. Body is overly carbonated at first but settles. Dry roast, licorice aftertaste. The rating is as I remember the beer without infection.
Sunday, January 8, 2017

Hoprider
3.9
Harveys Elizabethan Ale 1952-2012 (Bottle)
1953 on label. 2006 vintage printed on bottle cap. 8.1% abv. Pours a clear golden copper colour with no head. Big caramel on the nose like an old school English barley wine. The taste is still very good with no clear traces of infection or anything. A little cigar box and lots of caramel maltiness. Mouthfeel is smooth and oily with only a slight tingle on the tongue. Lingering sweetness in the aftertaste.
Sunday, January 8, 2017

john44
3.8
Harveys Prince of Denmark
Gravity Cask Third of a Pint at GBBF 2014, Olympia, London Aug 2014 - Opaque Black in colour. Slight head. Good lacing. Very Malty; roasty malts, dark chocolate, espresso coffee, caramel/toffee. Fruity; dark fruits, raisins. Hoppy; balancing hop bitterness. Bitter roast malty chocolate coffee throughout. Intense flavours. Enjoyed this. Tasty. Terrific Impy Stout! (2014-08-16)
Friday, January 6, 2017