Harveys Porter

Harveys Porter

Rated 3.772 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Harveys Brewery

Lewes, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Style:  Porter

4.8% Alcohol by Volume

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Harveys Porter is brewed from our own recipe dating from 1859. This dark brew was first in its class and overall runner -up at the 1995 GBBF at Olympia. In 1999 it was chosen as the 'Ultimate Pizza Beer' in the Beauty of Hops awards.

ID: 3993 Last updated 12 years ago Added to database 19 years ago

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Overall Rank643
Overall Percentile98.6
Style Rank16 of 1322
Style Percentile98.8
Lowest Score3.5
Highest Score5.0
Average Score3.982
Weighted Score3.772
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • SIGMUND 3677 reviews
    rated 3.8 1 month ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    500 ml bottle, as Harvey's Porter, from Seven Cellars. ABV is 4.8%. Black colour, large tan head. Aroma of moderately roasted malts, chocolate and mild coffee. Smooth flavour, medium dry, with the same elements as the aroma, a hint of prunes. Noticeable bittering hops.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 4.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Harvey's produced a classic British porter. You drink this beer and get a feeling that you are tasting something special - something from long ago ... the fore father to the stout and the drink of hard working Porters from days past. The taste is rich, thick, bold, and smokey. Hints of chocolate and coffee permeate through out. A fantastic beer - I only wish I would've been able to have it on draft. Purchased at the Harvey's beer shop in Lewes, GB.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 4.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    This is a Cola brown beer that has some nice earthy aromas (coffee, butterscotch, etc) which make it easy on the nose. The flavour was mighty tasty with some strong fruit and malt flavours coming to the fore

  • CYRENAICA 2019 reviews
    rated 3.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    500ml bottle
    4.8% ABV
    I tried this beer on September 23, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a very dark brown, with a creamy tan coloured head (which lasted). The aroma was weak with hints of roasted malt, coffee, and chicoree. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with medium carbonation. The flavour was malt, licorice, and sour coffee.

  • CHOPZ 5073 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Purchased at the LCBO, as a one time deal. Best before date on cap is written JUN08. This English porter pours a dark brown colour with very little red highlights. Its head is foamy, but turns into a creamy beige one that decides to stay a while, leaving beautiful lacing all around, thick and bubbly. The aromas are on the plum side, with touches of burn malt and coffee. The mouthfeel is kind of oily with a tiny sticking, but refreshing overall. I really like the fact that the plum is not as present in the taste. It is more like coffee bitterness, molasse syrupy and a little chocolate. Well-balanced, beautiful English porter.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottle courtesy of Jerc: Poured a deep black color porter with a small foamy head with limited retention and no lacing. Aroma of roasted bitter malt with some light dry coffee notes. Taste is also dominated by some roasted coffee notes with some light sweet notes. Body is very average with some medium to low carbonation. No a lot of complexity in this beer but very enjoyable nonetheless.

  • SKANADIAN 269 reviews
    rated 3.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    The pour looks more like a cola or a cup of coffee than a beer. Aroma consists of coffee, some dry fruits, and the sweetness of caramel or molasses. Flavour profile is very roasty with the coffee flavour prevalent. The touch of sweetness adds a distinct edge over other porters, but just enough to not push it away from the style. Mouthfeel was sturdy and creamy, a lovely brew.

  • POOTZ 1565 reviews
    rated 4.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    1/2 liter pasteurized bottle date coded as being bottled 4 weeks ago. The decant puts a dark chestnut ale in the glass with some ruby highlights, 1 finger thick mocha colored cap that lasts and laces. Aroma is dried fruits and coffee/cocoa, some molasses and a wisp of grassyness. Oleo mouth feel, sturdy body, rich roasted and crystal malt spine. The dried fruits do not carry into the flavor which is rich with rich roast coffee-dark coca flavor profile, oily palate makes the great roastiness "cling"....light hint of sweetness from the crystal but overall the roasted grains dominate...finish is lightly astringent with hop and charred husk...very pleasant, well balanced and incredibly drinkable. Easily one of the top 3 London porters

  • THIRSTYONE 563 reviews
    rated 5.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    This has probably been the best porter i have ever had. The head was thick and full,and the flavor was outstanding.I would and have recommended this one to friends.

  • EYECHARTBREW 1451 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    An English Porter, celebrating a "celbrated radical" Englishman who had more in common with the Yankee Rebels than his own countryman, and who helped write the American Declaration of Independence. Quite a tall order for a beer to live up to, doncha' think? But really? This beer does a pretty good job, even if it doesn't look all that swell.

    What's the problem there? Only in that the beer's head vanished in seconds after pouring, and yet remained rather fizzy in the body -- reminding me of the last time I had a Pepsi, to be honest.

    But all is forgiven with the aroma, which immediately reminds me of some of the better Old Ales I've had of late. With the flavor profile, nicely mellow and mature, with some distinct toffee/coffee notes in the mix. Some hints of a some sherry (or brandy) in the mix as well, though of course I know that they didn't actually dump any liquor into the boil or bright tank -- especially with the rather modest 4.8%ABV.

    What would ol' Tommy Paine think of this one? A nice 18th century rendition of a style that was around (in form, if perhaps not name), or something perhaps a bit too modernized? Hard to say, though I think he'd give it a rather long-winded treatise, ala "The Rights Of Man"... ;^)


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