Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Cask: Special. This listing is for the cask version only, keg and bottles go under the normal 30 y/o

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Scopey (12242) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2015
Cask, hand-pull at WHOAF 2015. It pours jet black with a tiny, bubbly tan head. The nose is so rich, sweet, oily, stewed dark fruits, fruit cake, eccles cake, vanilla, cherry bakewell, sweet roast, juicy whisky, heather honey and light smoked peat. The taste is slick, oily, unctuous, warming alcohol, eccles cake, earthy roast, charred wood, Neapolitan ice-cream, liquorice, rich roast, mocha, stewed strawberries, umami, rocky road, burnt toast and a touch of peppery spice with a dry, warming finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Slick mouth-feel. Staggeringly brilliant, great depth and yet somehow highly drinkability. Perfect for a whisky and beer lover. Exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2010
Cask Stillage from the Cellar at the Rake, Southwark 02/08/2010 (Thanks Chris O) Big whisky aroma. Black very strong in alcohol and smooth on the palate with a hint of dryness and bitterness in a coffee roast finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrTipple (3552) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2015
Aroma: bourbon, peat, molasses, caramel, toasted malts, dark grains. Appearance: black, no head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: very subtle bourbon, or should I say Whiskey, intensifying, alcohol, peat, oily texture, alcohol in the long finish. Overall: a ridiculous bargain at the Sloaney Pony for 90p on a Monday evening, fantastic palate, probably one of the best palates I’ve ever tasted. Pint at the White Horse, Parsons Green.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdtm82 (1699) - Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2010 Ola Dubh 30 year cask, tap, half, at the Rake. Distinct caramel; oak, leather, woody mouth feel and vanilla. Similar oak reminscence of St Julien. MM. Much better on cask. Better than the 12 year. A complex winter brew to keep you in steamin shape all night long.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (25174) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2010
Cask@The Rake. Pitch black colour, small brown head. Aroma is mild smooth whisky along with caramel malts, some wooden notes as well as vanilla and some mild toasted notes. Flavour is whisky, wooden notes, vanilla, mild fruityness, roast and some slight alcohol as well. Extremely pleasantly balanced and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2010
A Mes rate. Cask at the Rake.
Black brown, totally opaque, no head what-so-ever. It still looks pretty inviting though. Amazing aroma. A truck load of burnt caramel and chocolate, hints of vanilla and leather and a good 30 year vintage undertone. The flavour is full on creamy chocolate and whisky. The caramel and vanilla are there along with some dark fruit. Slight peaty hit in the finish and a good deal of the Highland Park showing through. Hints of seaweed and over ripe plum in the aftertaste. Actually, the aftertaste is what makes it. It’s sublime. Amazing length and giving up more of everything it has to offer. Certainly better than the bottled version. Bloody excellent stuff. Really smooth and dare I say it, downable. I’m really struggling to get this rate out quick enough. Sod it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nihtila (2833) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 22, 2015
Cask at Ushers, as 10.5%. Pours quite flat, black. Whisky is dominant in nose but still in quite soft way, also dark chocolate, roast, dark fruits. Taste is very soft and smooth, whisky, peat, slight vanilla and burnt caramel, dark chocolate. Excellent soft and strong beer but strong whisky taste so you better like whisky as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (10285) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 23, 2015
Cask at ushers. Pours black, nose is chocolate, oak, coconut, whisky, taste is sweet, rich, smoked sausage, toffee, vanilla, boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (3130) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2016
Cask in Tilley’s Bar, Newcastle. Black with a cream head. Whiskey aroma. Smokey with coffee and chocolate. Smooth and very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bnokk (453) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2016
APPEARANCE- Perfectly black with no head and no lacing. Very light brown color at the very edge of the thumbnail. NOSE- STELLAR! Smells sweet and slightly boozy at the same time. Exactly as expected for a barrel aged and cellared beauty beer. FLAVOR- first thing that hits me is it’s surprisingly thin. The nose is deceptive compared to the flavor. The flavor is distinctively stout, but significantly lighter in nature than you’d expect for the way it smells and looks. Really good beer, however I was anticipating a much ’heavier’ beer.

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