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

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Brewed by:
Harvey & Son Ltd.
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by putnam on 07-28-2004

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Reviews:
30
Ratings:
36
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
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Photo of edchicma
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
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...

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Crosling
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of putnam
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Harveys Tom Paine Original Old Porter from Harvey & Son Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.
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