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Harveys Tom Paine Original Old Porter - Harvey & Son Ltd.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harvey & Son Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: putnam on 07-28-2004)
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Photo of yen157
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin tan head, dark, dark coffee body. Head reduces to wisps quickly. Dark rich nose with dried figs, raisins, and an warm milk. Very nice. Chocolate, some toffee, and coffee with a splash of heavy cream. Bitterness seems to be mainly from the black malt. Relatively thin body for a beer this flavor dense, but carbonation is light enough so that this doesn’t seem awkward.

This is what I like in a porter, not too big. Carbonation is a little too light, but overall this is quite good. I hope to come across this again, but Michigan is a little far to go for it!

yen157, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of MrSeth
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

There was no head from the first pour. A ring of unusual bubbles around the glass. A small tan head arrives very late. The body is an opaque black. The smell at first seems metalic. The malt shows nicely despite this with coffee and spice notes in there as well. The malt flavor is also nice despite the poor condition. And speaking of which, it's dead flat. I am used to porters having less carbonation than other beers, but this is too flat. The flavor is really good here so I will definitely get another bottle and see if this is just one poor example.

MrSeth, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a one-finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Deep amber color almost black. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Nose is chocolate. Starts with a sweetish molasses flavor, finish is slightly bitter chocolate. $4.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA..

jdhilt, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ebony, with a quite thin film of foam.

Aroma: Slight chocolate-caramel nose.

Flavor: Creamy cocoa flavor, somewhat toffee-ish. Low bitterness, slightly fruity but mostly clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, but with very creamy & chewy body.

Not bad, but for the effort they put into making an authentic 19th century porter, with an original recipe etc, I was hoping for something that stands out a bit more. The weakest of the Tom Paine line (the Brown Ale is delicious though).

allengarvin, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of edchicma
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad brew, but a bit disappointing. Pours balck with a small chunky head. Smell was light with coffee and malt aromas discernible. Taste was mild, malty, with some medicial qualities. Tartness in teh aftertatste. Mouthfeel is light, with a refrteshing quality. Drinkability is fine, no doubt due to teh lower abv. Not bad, but not spectacular.

edchicma, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fully dark brown color, with slight reddish tints, under a thin tan head.
Aroma, nice and creamy, light, bit of cocoa, but perhaps a bit too less?
Taste: smoothness incarnate, light and breezy, for a dark ale. Flavors of cocoa and coffee reside on the palate, but don't trouble the tongue too much.
Decent porter, I guess, but I was hoping for more, much more, and I have to be disappointed, especially considering the price of the bottle.
Not going to return to this one, sad to say...

feloniousmonk, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep, dark maroon with black tints. Thin but creamy head with a ton of gooey lace.
Aroma is slightly peaty and roasted barley hit with some french vanilla coffe and a biscuity note.
Flavor is light chocolate upfront moving to a flaked barley finish. Simple yet satisfying.
Mouthfeel is semi-sweet to start moving to a dry but somewhat thin middle and finishing wiht a roasted hit.
Drinkability is decent but nothing special.

CRJMellor, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of Crosling
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty damn black.

Interesting and intriguing nose. Whiffs of apple cider, caramel and milk chocolate.

Non aggresive and certainly not offensive but there isn't much going on here. Front is mainly sweet and soft with some diverse earthy tones. Mid is lightly roasted coffee, some light dark fruitiness and milk chocolate. Finish has a hint of pepper, notes of grapes and a lingering dry, nutty and chocolatey presense on the palate.

Crosling, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of putnam
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In conclusion...
After three "Tom Paine" brews I think I have a beat on the set. These are old-tyme, sweet, though balanced, low-acid beers for codgers with delicate palates and a tolerance for funk.
This porter delivers a murky, sweaty coffee and dirt bouquet before rolling over the palate with oily, tar pit crud flavors that are a real treat. There is never an edge - only unashamed, bowels-of-the-earth iron, iodine and sludge flavors. Lots of roasted walnut wood, soot and branch flavors are varnished with an unspeakable smoothness... almost like... mocha gelatine.
live this porter. it makes sierra nevada porter taste like Burger King coffee.

putnam, Jul 28, 2004
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Harveys Tom Paine Original Old Porter from Harvey & Son Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.