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

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RATINGS: 1609   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorqui (2142) - Brescia, ITALY - SEP 4, 2006
Creamy and adherent head, optimal persistence. Intense black color, much fraught and impenetrable. Complex and soft scent: cacao, roast malt, liquorice, alcohol, smoked wood. Lightly pungent taste, enough lively with equilibrate pricking. Full and soft body, with bitter and acidity in prominence. Harmonious and mellow in mouth, emits notes of wood, braced malt and cacao. Long end, balanced, much soft one. Thanks to mabjork for this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 30, 2006
The aroma is of chocolate, hops, and dark fruit. The pour is deep, rich black and the head is tan but small and short lived. There was no lacing. The flavor is sweet with a chocolate liquor like feel and there are notes of dark fruit, molasses, and an alcohol like finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A towering head hangs on to the darkest ebony, painting intricate lacing patterns.
-Earth-smeared treacley and peaty allusions create a highly intriguing aroma.
-Wooden dryness offsets the chocolate and molasses, and roasted maltiness unites it all wisely.
-An übersmooth mouthfeel is created, in which the malts slide effortlessly down the gullet, aided by tiny, prickly bubbles, for a perilously drinkable offering.

What if you dig deeper?
-Woody alcohol delicately renders deeper complexity in the finish.
-Blackberry fruitiness forms a delightful shadow over the slick maltiness.
-Hop bitterness is minimal, but ably supports.
-Another very well-crafted brew from Harviestoun; I could easily get used to having their products available close to me.

Bottle; no date.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
henrikb (1259) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2006
Black body, creamy beige head; Well this beer actually smells of used engine oil, but it could of cause also be read much fresher with green apples and a malty sweetness; Soft textured body, quite acidy but very simple; Quite dry finish, long and bitter, aromas same as nose but here mixed with a little tar. Alright, but very simple and to clean.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5082) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown, almost black with a small creamy beige head. Rich chocolate and espresso aroma, with smooth chocolate in the lead and roasted notes in the background. Complex bitter chocolate flavours, blending nicely with espresso and just a hint of berries. Dry finish. I would not call it an old ale, I think it is more of a member in the baltic porter family.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Rich malty aroma, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Pours black as oil! Very rich flavor, roasted malts, chocolate, some hops. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
locarboy (129) - USA - AUG 19, 2006
from an 11.2 oz. bottle. Poured the color of used motor oil. Little to no head. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, dried fruit, piloncilo, and dark chocolate. Good dark malt flavor balanced by hop bitterness and a bit of a winey finish. Not as dark and roastey as a dry stout. Very nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (19148) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2006
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a tan head. Roastd malty aroma with some hints of raisins. Roasted malty flavor with hints of coffee and chocolate. Malty chocolate aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 9, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 Pours black from a bottle. Nice tan head, great lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, and some smoke. Flavor is very chocolaty with coffee and a mildly hoppy, smoky finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (11436) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2006
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Powerfull elegant aroma. Very nice caramellic/coffee flavor. Oily palate. Nice beer.


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