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

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RATINGS: 1660   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered.
Ingredients: Pale malt; Roasted barley; Oats; Washington Galena, Worcester Fuggles and Kent Goldings hops.
A superb, rich, full-bodied beer derived from a 1970s homebrewing recipe. Wickedly smooth chocolate dominates the flavour, which is nicely balanced by the bitterness of the hops.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2960) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2007
33 cl bottle. Thick brown color, short-lived head. Deep coffee stout smell. Definitely stoutish in taste, but some Scots ale smoke character, and, according to their website, some American hops. Heady, yet not alcoholic, just stuffed with dried fruit, coffee, chocolate. Has all the complexity of a young imperial stout, with twice the alcohol of this bonnie brau

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2007
Bottle. My first ole ale. Very sweet - porteresque. Enjoyable beer that does remind me of some homebrew in terms of mouthfeel and flatness. Chocolate, a bit winey, with a notable hoppy finish. A good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spectrex26 (9) - Naples, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2007 does not count
UPDATED: APR 19, 2007 Bottle:Very enticing initially sweet aroma. Poured thinner than I would have expected from something bearing this name. A bit of a smoke aroma appeared after a short time. Body was sufficiently full, but much less so than I had expected. Started with a sweet taste and developed nicely to some smoky and roasted notes. Good finish. Good beer overall.

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
littlecarp (135) - Redding, California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Pours dark w. a thin tan head that leaves a very thick lacing. Smell is a bit sour, but promising. Nice sour/bitter taste with a touch of sweetness. And a lightly sour finish. Not at all heavy on the tongue.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
psark (54) - Binghamton, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2010 Would be good with ice cream. Has a stout like flavor but less body. Very rich. Taste did not go with aroma. Tastes like a well managed forest (yes, this is our 14th beer we have tasted today). Ummm, it coats the tongue in a really nice way. The malt dances on the tongue and sustains.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Bottle: Dark body with thin tan head. Coffee, sugar cane, little raisin and a lot of smoke detected in this very nice aroma. In the mouth, this beer starts out very sweet, with molasses and sugar cane flavors, undercut by some smokiness and nuttiness. Very easy to drink. Becomes very fruity as it warms. When its cold, one can really taste the whisky aspect better. I found the body to be very weak for the style, in my mind the only major flaw in this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11166) - Sřborg, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2007
Bottled. Dark burgundy coloured. Dense light brown head. Light smoke, light roast, light spice, fruits and sweetness in the aroma. Quite complex. Flavour is raoasted, sweet, light spiced, has some brown sugar and vague smoke notes. Medium to full bodied. Nice spiced and light roasted end. Good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexanderj (3462) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Draft. Something just didnt click with me and this beer. There was a complexity of flavors; some dark fruit, sweetness, malt, and some roasted peat like flavors. Average to good body.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Draft. This beer was an interesting mix of flavors. It had the sweet dark fruit malty flavor mixed with bitter chocolate and light roasting flavors. Decent beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9281) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2007
(33 cl bottle at Delirium Café, Göteborg) Black look, small tan head. Hoppy and malty scent in a good balance. Malty and roasted malt, chocolate taste. Some acids. Roasted malt and grainy aftertaste. Soft smooth mouthfeel. Medium bitterness.


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