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Harvey's Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)

PubAddressLast Visit Seen
The New InnCanterbury, Kent31 Mar 2022
The LambEastbourne, East Sussex10 Feb 2022
The BerryWalmer, Kent02 Feb 2022
Blythe Hill TavernForest Hill, Greater London28 Jan 2022
Robin Hood & Little JohnBexleyheath, Greater London04 Dec 2021
Royal OakBorough, Central London24 Nov 2021
The Bricklayers ArmsChipstead, Kent23 Oct 2021
The HarpCharing Cross, Central London15 Feb 2020
The Red LionStone Cross, East Sussex14 Feb 2020
The GrenadierHailsham, East Sussex14 Feb 2020
Lord Nelson InnBrighton, East Sussex06 Feb 2020
Blacksmiths ArmsWillesborough, Kent06 Dec 2019
John Harvey TavernLewes, East Sussex12 Oct 2019
Hurst ArmsEastbourne, East Sussex20 Apr 2019
King's HeadHailsham, East Sussex20 Apr 2019
Elephants HeadHook Green, Kent03 Mar 2019
The Cat InnWest Hoathly, West Sussex17 Feb 2019
Waterloo TapWaterloo, Central London02 Feb 2019
31st Dorchester Beerex 2019Dorchester, Dorset01 Feb 2019
The PilotMaidstone, Kent16 Jan 2019
The Park TavernEltham, Greater London24 Nov 2018
The GarlandRedhill, Surrey22 Feb 2018
Three ChimneysBiddenden, Kent18 Dec 2017
The Cat's BackWandsworth, Greater London04 Dec 2017
The DolphinHastings, East Sussex18 Nov 2017
The Gardener's ArmsLewes, East Sussex17 Oct 2017
The DinkumPolegate, East Sussex16 Apr 2017
Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival 2017Margate, Kent14 Apr 2017
The Mitre TavernBrighton, East Sussex09 Apr 2017
The Alma ArmsUckfield, East Sussex03 Mar 2017
The StarRolvenden, Kent11 Feb 2017
The GeorgeBethersden, Kent08 Feb 2017
The Bull InnBenenden, Kent12 Nov 2016
Rights of ManLewes, East Sussex31 Oct 2016
Pelt TraderCity, Central London04 Oct 2016
The Fat CatNorwich, Norfolk11 Jun 2016
Victoria HotelEastbourne, East Sussex09 Feb 2016
The Royal OakTunbridge Wells, Kent19 Jan 2016
The White Rock HotelHastings, East Sussex20 Dec 2015
The CyclistBrighton, East Sussex08 Nov 2015
The Odd One OutColchester, Essex09 May 2015
Rose and CrownBurwash, East Sussex04 May 2015
The DorsetLewes, East Sussex07 Mar 2015
The FountainCowden, Kent21 Feb 2015
Swan InnSouthover, East Sussex09 Feb 2015
PloughPlumpton Green, East Sussex12 Dec 2014
The Griffin InnFletching, East Sussex12 Dec 2014
Gardeners ArmsSompting, West Sussex11 Dec 2014
The Pig & ButcherFive Ash Down, East Sussex14 Mar 2014
The Snowdrop InnLewes, East Sussex28 Dec 2013
The Two BrewersHadlow, Kent16 Oct 2013
Six BellsWoodchurch, Kent22 Feb 2013
The Hatch InnColemans Hatch, East Sussex26 Dec 2012
New InnHadlow Down, East Sussex31 Mar 2012
The BellTicehurst, East Sussex31 Mar 2012
King's HeadAylesbury, Buckinghamshire22 Jan 2012
The British QueenLower Willingdon, East Sussex11 Dec 2011
Stile BridgeMarden, Kent10 Dec 2011
The Buckingham ArmsShoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex05 Nov 2011
The Bull's HeadBoreham Street, East Sussex25 Oct 2011
Cricketers ArmsBerwick Village, East Sussex12 Mar 2011
The Brewers ArmsLewes, East Sussex26 Feb 2011
The Wenlock ArmsHoxton, Central London05 Oct 2010
Brecknock ArmsBells Yew Green, East Sussex28 Jan 2010
The Butchers ArmsHerne, Kent05 Jan 2010
Plough and HarrowLitlington, East Sussex14 Mar 2009
The White HorseParsons Green, Greater London29 Nov 2008
Trevor ArmsGlynde, East Sussex14 Nov 2008
The Market PorterSouthwark, Central London30 Sep 2007
The Union InnRye, East Sussex02 Jan 2007

Tasting Summary

These comments are the opinion of the individual reviewer and represent what they thought of the beer on a particular day in a particular pub. If a review is less favourable, it may be because the beer suffered somewhere in the supply chain between them and the brewery.

The New Inn, Canterbury, Kent

Jack WilliamNot Tried31 Mar 2022

The Lamb, Eastbourne, East Sussex

ChrisEExcellent10 Feb 2022 Harvey's Old at its best. We were told that this is the last cask of the season and it will be replaced by Harvey's Porter.
ChrisEGood02 Mar 2020

The Berry, Walmer, Kent

Magnus GreelNot Tried02 Feb 2022
Jack WilliamNot Tried09 Jan 2018
Philip PirripNot Tried03 Mar 2017
MickNot Tried23 Dec 2015
Vacuous Good29 Nov 2014 Dark and malty. Rich. In good order
Philip PirripNot Tried10 Dec 2013 Already signed as coming on on Thursday
IanNot Tried26 Oct 2013
AndrewExcellent22 Dec 2012 I had 2 pints of this. Rich black berry soft beer.
IanAcceptable16 Nov 2012 Dark some choc some Harvey's yeast character.
ChrisENot Tried21 Dec 2011
IanGood19 Jan 2008 Lively, as the barman said. Very effervescent in mouth. Not at it's tip top best, but nice dark fruits/roast malt. Little nod towards the sour.

Blythe Hill Tavern, Forest Hill, Greater London

Philip PirripAcceptable28 Jan 2022
Philip PirripExcellent30 Jan 2020
Philip PirripExcellent11 Dec 2019 Best Old I've had in a long time. Lingering sweet counterbalance

Robin Hood & Little John, Bexleyheath, Greater London

Philip PirripExcellent04 Dec 2021 Great balance, slightly sweet

Royal Oak, Borough, Central London

Philip PirripNot Tried24 Nov 2021
Philip PirripNot Tried29 Jan 2020
Philip PirripNot Tried20 Jan 2020
Philip PirripExcellent26 Sep 2019 First rate. Sweeter and creamier than I recall in the past
Philip PirripNot Tried25 Sep 2019 My first sighting of 2019
Philip PirripNot Tried30 Jan 2019
Philip PirripNot Tried28 Nov 2018
Philip PirripExcellent23 Oct 2018
Philip PirripNot Tried12 Apr 2018
Philip PirripNot Tried29 Mar 2018 Still hanging on nearly into April!
Philip PirripGood31 Jan 2018
ChrisEGood09 Dec 2017
ChrisENot Tried16 Nov 2017 Selling well to our crowd.
Philip PirripNot Tried31 Oct 2017
Philip PirripNot Tried26 Jul 2017
Philip PirripNot Tried30 Mar 2017
Stephen HarrisExcellent20 Jan 2017 A long-time favourite of mine, in faultless condition.
Philip PirripGood30 Nov 2016
ChrisENot Tried30 Jan 2016
Philip PirripNot Tried27 Jan 2016
Philip PirripExcellent25 Nov 2015 In fine silky smooth form
HSBNot Tried14 Nov 2015
Philip PirripExcellent25 Mar 2015
Philip PirripNot Tried17 Feb 2015
Philip PirripNot Tried28 Jan 2015
Philip PirripExcellent11 Dec 2014
Philip PirripNot Tried26 Nov 2014
HSBNot Tried08 Nov 2014
Philip PirripNot Tried03 Nov 2014
Philip PirripNot Tried12 Apr 2014
Philip PirripNot Tried26 Mar 2014
Philip PirripNot Tried12 Feb 2014
Philip PirripNot Tried29 Jan 2014
Philip PirripNot Tried11 Dec 2013
Philip PirripNot Tried28 Nov 2013
Philip PirripGood09 Oct 2013 Blackboard described it as Old Ale Nouveau est arrivée and suggesting also trying a Mother-in-Law (Bitter and Old mixed)
Philip PirripNot Tried11 Apr 2013
Philip PirripNot Tried30 Mar 2013
Philip PirripNot Tried16 Feb 2013
Philip PirripNot Tried30 Jan 2013
Philip PirripNot Tried03 Dec 2012
Philip PirripNot Tried29 Nov 2012
Stephen HarrisNot Tried08 Mar 2012
Martin the MildmanExcellent25 Nov 2010 Well rounded malty ale with a dryish finish. My score 16/20.
Martin the MildmanExcellent17 Dec 2009 Rich and malty with a little hoppiness in the finish. My score 16/20.
IanPoor13 Oct 2009 End of barrel with diacetyl too. Not up to its usual high standards.
BlairNot Tried14 Mar 2009
DubbelExcellent05 Dec 2008 Great beer, dark, sweet with red malt tendencies and underlying fruitiness. Ideal winter concoction.
IanGood27 Nov 2008 Very tasty, drinkable grainy dark winter beer.
IanGood21 Oct 2008 Really quite soft as an old ale. Even quite hoppy, very soft, good malts. Harvey's yeast dominates, but unbelievably drinkable. Almost like a mild. but with hint of the sourness that will develop over the coming months.
IanExcellent09 Nov 2007 Superb, and I wanted to come back the next day to try it with maybe a hint of sourness, but never made it back.
SteveNot Tried03 Jul 2007
IanExcellent26 Jan 2007 I really love this beer and this slipped down within seconds. Lovely roasted malts.
IanNot Tried29 Nov 2006

The Bricklayers Arms, Chipstead, Kent

ChrisEExcellent23 Oct 2021

The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London

Philip PirripExcellent15 Feb 2020 Served in a handled jug for some unknown reason
Philip PirripGood14 Dec 2019
Philip PirripExcellent27 Feb 2019
Philip PirripGood05 Jan 2019

The Red Lion, Stone Cross, East Sussex

ChrisENot Tried14 Feb 2020
Magnus GreelNot Tried20 Apr 2019

The Grenadier, Hailsham, East Sussex

ChrisENot Tried14 Feb 2020
ChrisENot Tried03 Mar 2017

Lord Nelson Inn, Brighton, East Sussex

Philip PirripNot Tried06 Feb 2020
Philip PirripGood25 Nov 2019
Philip PirripNot Tried12 Oct 2019
Philip PirripNot Tried14 Mar 2017
AndrewExcellent08 Oct 2016 Fruity goodness
Philip PirripNot Tried11 Mar 2016
AndrewExcellent14 Nov 2015 Sweet malty ale. Low hop.
AndrewExceptional26 Mar 2014 Old.
Philip PirripAcceptable03 Dec 2013 Not remarkable
Philip PirripNot Tried30 Oct 2013
AndrewExcellent26 Jan 2013
AndrewNot Tried06 Oct 2012
ChrisENot Tried01 Apr 2011
BrianGood23 Nov 2008 Black with thin bubbly head that quickly disappeared. Quite full in the mouth with a reasonable chocolatey sweetness. This had a sharp sour finish. I quite liked it.
IanGood03 Mar 2007 Lovely malts, slightly sweet fruit and that Harvey's yeasty aroma. Nice beer.
IanGood09 Nov 2006 Deep ruby, thin beige head. Harvey's yeast aroma. Bit of sour dark fruit. Drinkable in mouth. Some brown sugar. Very nice. Some good biting hop on end. Nice dark fruits in mouth. Very drinkable and slightly sweet.

Blacksmiths Arms, Willesborough, Kent

ChrisEGood06 Dec 2019 I was told that this is proving to be very popular here. A nice pint.

John Harvey Tavern, Lewes, East Sussex

Philip PirripNot Tried12 Oct 2019
Philip PirripNot Tried12 Oct 2019
ChrisEExceptional17 Oct 2017 Gravity dispense and fresh with plenty of condition.
Philip PirripGood31 Oct 2016 On gravity dispense
Philip PirripNot Tried07 Mar 2015 From gravity cask
ChrisENot Tried05 Mar 2015
Stephen HarrisNot Tried05 Apr 2014
EddieExcellent02 Nov 2012 Now this is more like it wonderful full bodied ale displaying wonderful fruity notes great stuff :)
thebrewingmanExcellent10 Dec 2011
PedroExcellent20 Mar 2010
AndrewNot Tried14 Nov 2008 On gravity

Hurst Arms, Eastbourne, East Sussex

ChrisENot Tried20 Apr 2019

King's Head, Hailsham, East Sussex

Magnus GreelNot Tried20 Apr 2019

Elephants Head, Hook Green, Kent

TrevorExcellent03 Mar 2019 A very pleasant darkish ale in good condition
AndrewExcellent26 Dec 2006 Dark ruby coloured beer. Burnt sugar flavours with some red fruit and that unmistakable Harvey's yeast. No sourness though which I always though was a defining feature of an old ale. Oh well.

The Cat Inn, West Hoathly, West Sussex

WittendenExcellent17 Feb 2019 First sighting of this,this winter.Silky,hedgerow berries.Superb.
WittendenExcellent04 Dec 2016 Dark, cosy,sinful wintry delight.
WittendenExceptional01 Mar 2015 Best Harvey's Old I've had in ages.Luscious chocolate and raspberries.
WittendenExcellent08 Mar 2014 Dark and luscious.A proper chocolaty dark 'un.

Waterloo Tap, Waterloo, Central London

Magnus GreelNot Tried02 Feb 2019

31st Dorchester Beerex 2019, Dorchester, Dorset

Magnus GreelNot Tried01 Feb 2019

The Pilot, Maidstone, Kent

ChrisENot Tried16 Jan 2019
TobesExcellent26 Sep 2015
Archie14Not Tried12 Apr 2014
ChrisEGood07 Dec 2013
PedroExcellent31 Jan 2013 Stayed on this one!
AlenomoreExcellent31 Dec 2012 Down with Old Ale and in with the New Year!
AlenomoreExcellent28 Dec 2012 Heaven in a glass. A proper Harvey's tankard in fact?
AlenomoreExcellent26 Dec 2012 A truly nice ale. Stayed on this one.
AlenomoreExcellent15 Dec 2012 Heaven in a glass tonite...
AlenomoreExcellent14 Dec 2012 Spot on. Could stay on this all night!
AlenomoreExcellent09 Dec 2012 An excellant winter ale.
PedroExcellent01 Dec 2012
AlenomoreExcellent01 Dec 2012 Another top ale.
AlenomoreExcellent28 Oct 2012 Spot on. Two pints today.
AlenomoreExcellent20 Oct 2012
AlenomoreExcellent14 Oct 2012 Spot on again.
PedroExcellent07 Apr 2012
PedroExcellent13 Mar 2012
PedroExcellent04 Mar 2012
PedroExcellent19 Feb 2012
PedroNot Tried10 Feb 2012
AlenomoreExcellent29 Dec 2011
ChrisENot Tried23 Dec 2011
AlenomoreExceptional27 Nov 2011 One of Harvey's best ales.
AlenomoreNot Tried25 Nov 2011
AlenomoreNot Tried19 Nov 2011
PedroExcellent26 Oct 2011
PedroNot Tried23 Oct 2011
PedroNot Tried14 Apr 2011
PedroNot Tried25 Feb 2011
IanGood16 Oct 2010 Very fresh. Decent flavours, but lacked a bit of character that it will develop in the next few weeks.
AlenomoreExceptional03 Oct 2010 This is superb, there seasonal for the autumn. An excellent dark and delicious ale.
IanNot Tried13 Feb 2010
PedroExcellent06 Jan 2010
IanNot Tried14 Feb 2009
IanNot Tried09 Dec 2006

The Park Tavern, Eltham, Greater London

Philip PirripAcceptable24 Nov 2018 The fobbing on initial pump pulls and the metallic taste imply this had been in the pipes a while

The Garland, Redhill, Surrey

ChrisEGood22 Feb 2018
ChrisENot Tried24 Feb 2015
Stephen HarrisNot Tried14 Dec 2013
Martin the MildmanExcellent29 Nov 2012 Rich and full bodied with a really deep and complex malt flavour this season. Hop and fruit in the finish. My score 17/20.
Philip PirripNot Tried06 Nov 2012
Martin the MildmanExcellent15 Dec 2011 Top condition and flavour here. My score 17/20.
Martin the MildmanExcellent23 Dec 2010 Superb sample of Old here too, complex malt and hop flavours combining to give a full flavoured dark delight. My score 17/20.
Martin the MildmanExcellent26 Nov 2009 Also on top form, not a sweet as the mild but more malty flavours like toffee and liqourice and also some hop balance. My score 17/20.
SteveNot Tried08 Nov 2006

Three Chimneys, Biddenden, Kent

WittendenExcellent18 Dec 2017 Just the stuff for a frosty night.Hedgerow berries,gentle hops.£4.50 a pint, alas.
WittendenNot Tried20 Nov 2014
WittendenExcellent08 Nov 2014 Lovely dark 'un. Plums and liquorice. Long dry finish.

The Cat's Back, Wandsworth, Greater London

ChrisENot Tried04 Dec 2017
ChrisEExcellent02 Dec 2013

The Dolphin, Hastings, East Sussex

AndrewExceptional18 Nov 2017 Perfect sweet
PedroExcellent19 Nov 2011

The Gardener's Arms, Lewes, East Sussex

ChrisENot Tried17 Oct 2017
Philip PirripNot Tried31 Oct 2016
Philip PirripNot Tried07 Mar 2015
Philip PirripNot Tried12 Feb 2013
Philip PirripExcellent06 Oct 2012 First of the new brew for me
thebrewingmanNot Tried10 Dec 2011
AndrewNot Tried14 Nov 2008

The Dinkum, Polegate, East Sussex

Magnus GreelNot Tried16 Apr 2017

Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival 2017, Margate, Kent

AndrewExcellent14 Apr 2017 Lovely dry mouth feel with the taste of plums.

The Mitre Tavern, Brighton, East Sussex

ChrisENot Tried09 Apr 2017
Martin the MildmanExcellent17 Nov 2011 Excellent condition here, sweet malts balanced by some hoppiness and a lingering roasty finish. My score 17/20.

The Alma Arms, Uckfield, East Sussex

ChrisENot Tried03 Mar 2017
Stephen HarrisExcellent26 Nov 2016 A classic Old Ale.
Philip PirripNot Tried20 Mar 2014
ChrisENot Tried14 Mar 2014

The Star, Rolvenden, Kent

ChrisEGood11 Feb 2017
WittendenNot Tried21 Nov 2015 Very tempting.
ChrisEGood19 Nov 2015

The George, Bethersden, Kent

Magnus GreelExceptional08 Feb 2017 Wow blxxdy delicious and in purrfect nick. Superb!

The Bull Inn, Benenden, Kent

WittendenExcellent12 Nov 2016 Lovely dark grown up ardent beer.

Rights of Man, Lewes, East Sussex

Philip PirripGood31 Oct 2016
ChrisENot Tried31 Mar 2015
Philip PirripNot Tried09 Feb 2015
ChrisENot Tried14 Mar 2014
Philip PirripNot Tried12 Feb 2013

Pelt Trader, City, Central London

Stephen HarrisNot Tried04 Oct 2016

The Fat Cat, Norwich, Norfolk

AndrewPoor11 Jun 2016 Not really in good condition.

Victoria Hotel, Eastbourne, East Sussex

MitchNot Tried09 Feb 2016
DosserExcellent26 Jan 2013

The Royal Oak, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

thebrewingmanExcellent19 Jan 2016
thebrewingmanExcellent04 Feb 2015 So good we had to have another just to check

The White Rock Hotel, Hastings, East Sussex

Stephen HarrisNot Tried20 Dec 2015
thebrewingmanExcellent01 Mar 2012
thebrewingmanExcellent22 Jan 2010 In superb condition. I thought there was a hole in my glass.
IanNot Tried14 Nov 2008
AndrewNot Tried14 Nov 2008

The Cyclist, Brighton, East Sussex

Stephen HarrisNot Tried08 Nov 2015

The Odd One Out, Colchester, Essex

Stephen HarrisNot Tried09 May 2015

Rose and Crown, Burwash, East Sussex

AndrewExcellent04 May 2015 Top stuff in great condition.

The Dorset, Lewes, East Sussex

Philip PirripNot Tried07 Mar 2015

The Fountain, Cowden, Kent

thebrewingmanExcellent21 Feb 2015

Swan Inn, Southover, East Sussex

Philip PirripExcellent09 Feb 2015 My colleague and I agreed this was the best Harveys Old we had drunk for some time
ChrisEGood26 Jan 2015

Plough, Plumpton Green, East Sussex

HSBNot Tried12 Dec 2014

The Griffin Inn, Fletching, East Sussex

HSBNot Tried12 Dec 2014

Gardeners Arms, Sompting, West Sussex

HSBNot Tried11 Dec 2014

The Pig & Butcher, Five Ash Down, East Sussex

ChrisENot Tried14 Mar 2014

The Snowdrop Inn, Lewes, East Sussex

Stephen HarrisNot Tried28 Dec 2013

The Two Brewers, Hadlow, Kent

HSBGood16 Oct 2013
oz11Not Tried29 Jan 2012
oz11Excellent11 Dec 2011
oz11Not Tried27 Nov 2011
oz11Not Tried23 Oct 2011
oz11Excellent09 Oct 2011
oz11Excellent02 Oct 2011
oz11Not Tried08 May 2011

Six Bells, Woodchurch, Kent

PedroNot Tried22 Feb 2013
PedroNot Tried18 Feb 2011

The Hatch Inn, Colemans Hatch, East Sussex

TrevorExcellent26 Dec 2012 A very pleasant dark ale which even my brother-in-law went for and liked.
TrevorExcellent26 Nov 2011 I really enjoyed this dark ale.

New Inn, Hadlow Down, East Sussex

HSBNot Tried31 Mar 2012

The Bell, Ticehurst, East Sussex

HSBNot Tried31 Mar 2012

King's Head, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Stephen HarrisNot Tried22 Jan 2012

The British Queen, Lower Willingdon, East Sussex

DosserExcellent11 Dec 2011

Stile Bridge, Marden, Kent

PedroNot Tried10 Dec 2011 Will be a regular now for the rest of it's season !
PedroExcellent08 Dec 2011
PedroExceptional13 Jan 2011 So good I had a second !
PedroNot Tried28 Dec 2010

The Buckingham Arms, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex

Martin the MildmanNot Tried05 Nov 2011

The Bull's Head, Boreham Street, East Sussex

thebrewingmanExcellent25 Oct 2011

Cricketers Arms, Berwick Village, East Sussex

WittendenExceptional12 Mar 2011 I hadn't tried this in ages, and it seems better than I remember. Dark, mellow and reassuring.

The Brewers Arms, Lewes, East Sussex

thebrewingmanExcellent26 Feb 2011 As good as always.
AndrewNot Tried14 Nov 2008

The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton, Central London

Martin the MildmanExcellent05 Oct 2010 Rich and fruity with a good malty kick. My score 16/20.
AndrewNot Tried20 Nov 2006

Brecknock Arms, Bells Yew Green, East Sussex

Martin the MildmanExcellent28 Jan 2010 Superb quality here, brimming with malty flavours and good hop notes in the background to balance the flavours. Good long sweetish malty finish. My score 17/20.

The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent

KenExcellent05 Jan 2010 Harvey's Best come of age
GlynExcellent06 Jan 2009 Quite distinctive taste and dark in colour

Plough and Harrow, Litlington, East Sussex

JeffnJoNot Tried14 Mar 2009

The White Horse, Parsons Green, Greater London

DubbelNot Tried29 Nov 2008

Trevor Arms, Glynde, East Sussex

AndrewExcellent14 Nov 2008 Slightly sour red cherry and plum flesh. Give it a bit longer to develop more sourness and it'll be a 5 out of 5.
IanExcellent14 Nov 2008 Just right level of toast, plum, dark cherry fruit.

The Market Porter, Southwark, Central London

IanNot Tried30 Sep 2007 Wish I had this.

The Union Inn, Rye, East Sussex

AndrewNot Tried02 Jan 2007

Harvey's Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)

4.30% ABV.

We have tried this beer 126 times.

We have given this beer an average score of Good to Excellent.

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