Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Porter
Alva, Central, Scotland


on tap

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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Occasional.
Originally a special for Wetherspoons beer festivals in March 2008 and 2011.

Black Ale
Creamy Coffee, Dark Cherries
This cask version of our delicious, velvety dark beer is just the job for anyone who appreciates beautifully engineered stuff that used to be made properly. So undo the top button of your pressed pits overalls, ease into the wingback and roll out a rare taste of a truly great British beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mchengcit (9) - - MAR 14, 2014 does not count
chocolate, roasty, coffee, black, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, oily feel, thick feel, full body, average carbonation, bitter,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2008
Cask at ’Spoons, Milton Keynes, in ’Spoons Real Ale Festival, at which there will be few better beers. Very dark brown with a trace of off white head that suggested saliva. Roast malt aroma. Taste is burnt, ashy and cindery, like a grate where cheap anthracite has been burning. Bitter, ugly and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (1802) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2014
On tap at MacLaomainn’s Scottish Pub. Pours black with a tan head. Dark roasted malt aroma with some chocolate. Very smooth mouth feel. Nice roasted malt flavor with dark chocolate notes, dark dried fruit and coffee. Finish is coffee bitterness. Really nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wisecow (2) - - JUN 25, 2012 does not count
Excellent beer. I first tried it out of a cask and ever since have been searching for it. Recently found it bottled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (4128) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
Cask@thebell, walsall. Almost black with large creamy head. Aroma of chocolate. The taste is chocolate, dark fruits and licorice. Full bodied. A very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheShepherds (54) - chapel hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Very nice surprise! Just a plain nice chocolatey taste. Wonderful beer for sitting and sipping. Highly recommend for a nice treat

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamesie1857 (1960) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
On cask @ Bottle of Sack, Sutton Coldfield - Dull black with a thick tan laced head, very thick and lasting. Fruity aroma, in the mouth it’s oily (erm... naturally), with fruit, liquorice and aniseed; the finish is long and bitter with a touch of coffee. Excellent and the reason I love this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mighty_meadow (308) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2013
Cask at Salt Cot in Ayrshire. Finally found this after a lot of searching but on first taste I was slightly disappointed. A bit watery with nothing much to distinguish it from other ales of it’s type. However as I drank more I got a lot more from it. Very bitter chocolate and roast coffee. Slight aniseed taste. There is something else lurking there which I can’t put my finger on but adds another layer. Only had time for one but I will definitely try again. And in response to a previous review ... There were definitely NO mushrooms in mine ;-)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TATE (404) - Lubec, Maine, USA - SEP 12, 2011
On tap at Nocturnem Brewhaus. Pours black with a thick off white head. Aroma is roasty, coffee, carmel. Mouthfeel is creamy. All lof of roasted malt comes through. Very easy to drink, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
On tap at the Rieger Hotel in Kansas City. A tan head that doesn’t linger with a pitch black color. The aroma is mostly coffee and toffee with a little bit of chocolate. The flavor is the same with the coffee staying strong in the aftertaste. A great ale.

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