In a nutshell: A festive Barley Wine from Harvey's Brewery of Lewes East Sussex.
The lowdown: This is a traditional strong dark barley wine that well reflects the traditional nature of the brewery itself. A festive delight, it exudes biscuity malts and rich vinous fruits, all balanced by a strong hop bitterness. Warm the soul with this award-winning beer which embodies the essence of the season - it's like Christmas pudding in a glass.
Harvey's are a cherished part of Britain's brewing history and one a select group of regional breweries that haven't been incorporated into a multinational brewcorp. Their home has always been Lewes in East Sussex where their riverside brewery is one the architectural landmarks of the town. They've been there since the 1800s. At a time when cutting edge craft breweries dominate the beer scene Harvey's hark back to an earlier era. They're a traditional English brewery occupying a niche in the market that's a part of our heritage. And by no means least, their beers have an enduring popularity and quality to which anybody who's a devotee of their flagship Sussex Best will attest.
Style - Brown Ale & Mild & Other Ales ABV 7.5% - Strong