Harveys Old Ale - Harvey & Son Ltd.
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
3.68/5 rDev +9.9%
Cask at The Royal Oak in London.
Mahogany pour. Not much of a head, thin film around the glass. Thin lines mark progress.
Loads of dark fruit on the nose, this will be a malt-fest.
Dates up front with some red fruit sweetness. Earthy flavours give it a darker character, holding the sweetness back from, say, red ale territory. Clean finish.
This old ale is a session champ. Quite flavourful, but also pretty utilitarian, not that there's anything wrong with that.
04-20-2011 13:14:39 | More by CanuckRover
United Kingdom (England)
3.4/5 rDev +1.5%
Back in my "Brightonian days" as a doctoral student, I frequented a local pub (The Mitre, a Harveys' tied house) and this ale (on cask) was featured there during the winter seasons almost every time I walked in. Naturally I love it; I always cherished the soft, winey texture, buttressed by the mysterious yeasty magic and generous amount of Sussex hops as a solid backbone. But this is the first bottled (filtered) version that I have ever tried - can't complain since I don't live in Sussex anymore.
Got this bottle at the Harveys Brewery Shop three months ago, it comes in a 275ml slim, classic brown bottle, subtitled "Exhibition Brown". BB OCT 09, served cool in a pint-size jug (the same way I had my many a "pint of Old" at my local).
A: pours a dark mahogany hue with light carbonation and a beige fluffy head retreating gradually to a thin blanket.
S: a perfumy fruity-maltiness dominates the nose, quite hard to describe - it rings a bell of Chinese dried red-dates and red-bean paste plus some flowery hints (jasmine) but not exactly that, but definitely the magical work of the Harveys' open-fermentation tanks interacting with spicy-aromatic hops (possibly Styrian Golding) and a rich malty base.
T: a lightly spritzy entry of red bean paste again, with hints of brown sugar and brown malts... then, slowly, the rich fruity-malty theme expands, full of sweet prunes, earthy hops, faintly nutty malts and a firmly biscuity hint of pale malts, finishing with a mixed palate of Harveys' unique yeasty flavour (with an intriguing kick of "cobweb") and lightly dry and faintly spicy Sussex hops.
M&D: if served on cask, the hop elements would come in abundance in the form of a dry-ish bitter aftertaste, in an intriguing contrast to the quiet sour-sweet malty foretaste, although here, in this bottle, hops are not overly subdued, either. A soft, easy-to-quaff, medium-bodied old ale that one should try when it's served fresh on cask - this little bottle fails to do it justice I'm afraid.
02-12-2009 21:12:40 | More by wl0307
Harveys Old Ale from Harvey & Son Ltd.
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