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.
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.