Soft and full-bodied, with hints of dried fruits and dates. Rich, dark and warming. To be enjoyed in the autumn and winter months by a roaring fire.
CAMRA CHAMPION WINTER BEER OF BRITAIN 2019: Silver | IBC 2018: Gold | IBC 2018: Low Alcohol Old Ale: Silver | BBI 2018: Silver | 2017 CAMRA Woking: Beer of the Festival | World Beer Awards 2015: World's Best Mild
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Burnt sugars and roasted malts compliment the premium Maris Otter barley, supplanting the light bitterness of aroma hops. With hints of dried fruit and dates, this rich ale has been likened to the oak: steadfast throughout the year, regardless of the season.
Old Ale was Harvey’s Brewery’s first beer to win a National Award in 1952. The beer is celebrated by the Brewery's annual 'Dancing in the Old' event with local Morris Men and Women joining us in our brewery yard the first weekend of October.
Mahogany-red in colour, this veteran beer style has dried fruit, currants, sultanas and suggestions of milk chocolate on the nose. There is dried fruit, a hint of chocolate and caramel on the palate, as well as a vinous hint in the background. It has a medium-bodied mouth feel allied to a smooth creaminess and an appealing (but not cloying) sweetness. Instead of a mid afternoon cup of tea, try a glass with Madeira cake, where the beer’s character acts as an extra ingredient.
Also try with a roast beef sandwich but with piccalilli instead of mustard; or put half a pint in a beef stew and drink the rest alongside.
Adrian Tierney-Jones: Award-winning freelance journalist, Author, and Beer Writer of the year 2017.