Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Bitter
Alva, Central, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask: Seasonal - Winter. Also available bottled.

December brings the last of our seasonal beers - biscuity and bitter with a long finish.
A colour of dark copper leads to a nose that is hoppy and spicy, a balanced palate and a long, hoppy finish.
There are both crystal and chocolate malts in this tawny beer - it’s full bodied with a delighful hop character from Challenger and Styrian Goldings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle 330ml.
Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate hoppy, citrus, orange. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, fresh. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. Very drinkable. [20091123]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40811) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2009
33 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is mild fruity and light acidic hoppy. Bitter and sweet fruity flavoured, light bitterness coming through. Ends dry and bitter into a mild fruity finish.Smooth fruity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (34643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2009
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel and malt, leading to a lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (26157) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle at Papsø. Clear amber coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of caramel and spices with notes of hops. Fruity flavour of caramel, hops and grass. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (25453) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 1, 2010
Bottled (thanks omhper!). Ambercolour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is caramel malts, floral hops, mild parfumed soap as well. Flavour is fruits, floral, wooden and mildly honeyish well as well as some parfumed soapy notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2009
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of fonefan. Clear deep golden with a small off-white head. Fresh, citrusy nose. Light body, lightly sweet fruitiness with a dry whiff of citrus. Lightly astringent and bitter finish. 231109

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (23711) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2009
Bottled. Hazy amber, rich creamy head. Grapefruity nose with some caramel underneath. Light-medium bodied with soft mouthfeel. Freshly citric, nicely hoppy, balanced late bitterness. Lovely, very drinkable ale!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (23333) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty weak hoppy aroma. Sweetish fruity malty caramel flavor with some hoppy hints. Has a malty caramel finish with some hoppy hints in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21834) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 2, 2009
cask in Berts edinburgh ... copper ... sweet pine resin nose ... very sweet toffee fruity malts ... very smooth... big citrus hop background

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 2009-12-03, bottle, 6-4-6-4-13=33
Amber color; big head. Light aroma, creamy, some caramel. Caramel flavor, good, not sweet; strong bitterness, with some hop oils; the final is bold, with caramel too. The bottled version doesn’t have much of the cask version, it’s just a pleasant Bitter.

2008-12-16, Cask Conditioned at The Castle, Furnival St., London, 7-4-8-5-16=40
Amber color; thin frothy head. Nice malt and earthy hop aroma. Mellow caramel favor, with a wonderful fruity hop, a bit citrusy. Well balanced. There are not many words, but it’s a wonderful beer.

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