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Harviestoun Black Watch


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Formerly brewed at Harviestoun
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Alva, Central, Scotland
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Craft-brewed with valour & determination, a blend of pale and crystal malts with floral spicy hops create this beautifully balanced ale. Generous helping of Fruggles, Goldings and Styrian hops ensure this is a great thirst-slayer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
john1704 (26) - SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2012
Hand pulled Last Post. Amber, clear off white head. Malt dominant and hop not as forthright as pump clip claims. Reminded me of where Fullers ESB used to be. Pretty good effort again from Harviestoun.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mr_h (4758) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
Cask by handpump at State Bar, Glasgow (21 Apr 12) - clear amber ale, thin off-white head, good temperature, mild malt aroma, caramel, nutty malt, biscuit, high carbonation, sweetish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2011

Cask (gravity) @ The 17th Reading Beer and Cider Festival 2011, Reading, Berkshire England.

Clear medium amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to light heavy hoppy, orange - citrus, grapefruit. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, fruity, grapefruit, light peel bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20110428]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2011
Cask (gravity dispense) at Reading Beer Festival on 28 April 2011. The festival programme called it Black Watch IPA and said it was "brewed with roasted malts to give a dark colour". So I guess, given the name too, I could be forgiven for thinking I was going to be getting something approximating to a Black IPA. In fact it turned out to be a clear amber / dark gold beer. Condition, however was excellent. Fresh light lemony aroma. A little flowery on the palate with some sweet fruit. Actually generated a rather pleasing hop character, especially considering the hop varieties used. Could have done with being a bit more vibrant though. All in all, though, an appealing and nicely drinkable beer. Malt backing is quite biscuity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21619) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2011
cask *t standing order ... copper ... bubbly white head ... light fruity hop nose ... zezty fruity malts ... juicy .. orange peeel ... little sweet peel ... quite nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (17288) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2011
Cask gravity at Reading BF 2011. Pale brown touch of haze lasting near wite thick head. Lovely condition but like so many Harviestoun beera it tastes of tea to me. Some good nettle hops though. Decent if too tea like. Some ok malt

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - APR 19, 2011
Cask at Cloisters. Pours a copper brown colour, with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is floral and fruity, with a light spicy syrup note. Taste is bready, slight sweetness with big bitter hops. Pretty well balanced, decent session ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnRMurdoch (4373) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 3, 2011
Cask @ The 3rd Larbert Beer Festival. Dark amber brown colour. Mild roasted caramel aroma. Spicy minty malty flavour. Smooth & well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (4445) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 2, 2011
Cask @ 3rd Larbert Beer Fest. Dark golden colour, off-white head. Aroma is caramel malty, dishcloth, hops, some sourness. Flavour is fairly malted and hoppy, with a dry and bitter finish. Good stuff.

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