In a nutshell: A strong and complex Imperial Stout from Harvey's brewery in Lewes, East Sussex.
The lowdown: The roasted, alcoholic and spicy notes in this rich dark stout combine brilliantly to give a distinctive and slightly unusual sweet and sour edge. Steeped in the depths of chocolate and coffee, this brew will improve and develop its complexity if kept up to one year.
First established in Lewes, East Sussex over two hundred years ago and still a privately owned business Harvey's are one of the few remaining thriving regional brewers that have not been swallowed up by the big drinks conglomerates.
In the traditional manner they own 49 pubs in London and the South East and their beers are rarely seen beyond that area. Their riverside brewery in Lewes, the centre of production since the 1800s, is a town landmark and is the image of what most people would imagine as a traditional brewery.
Whilst steeped in history they've also kept fully abreast of modern tastes and demands and their range of beers fully reflects this.