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Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 1439   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2004
poured true to its name with deep ruby around the edges, with a small light brown head thast didn’t last long. aromasweet dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, roasted malts, oatmeal, and a nice sweetness. flavor was a little disappointed I was hoping that the aroma would carry over into the flavor all flavors were weak, chalky some bitterness

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Solid dark brown color, strong whiskey, sherry aroma, almost like a chocolate liquoer a noticable sourness that I found disagreeable, mellowed into a smooth malty taste with the continuous whiskey aroma. Would have rated higher except for that off sour taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2004
What a fun drink! It pours out kinda like old motor oil, deep, thick brown with a slender light brown head. The predominant aroma is a sweet maltiness tempered by mild hopping topped with a smooth whiskey smell. The drink is rich, large with malts, and has a satisfying whiskey finish that helps satisy two drink cravings at the same time. It tastes like it should have a stronger abv than it does, which makes the drink all the more satisfying. You can enjoy a few of these without keeling over.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Poured dark brown with a brown head which left a lacing on the glass. Malty rich aroma. Taste was malty with a bitter smoky finish, as one would expect with a scottish ale. Good but not something I could have more than one of at a time.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Pours dark brown. Sweet malt up front with a well balanced body and a bitter-sweet finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4413) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Bottle: Caramel chocolate aroma with some light bitterness. Dark brown with a red tint. Malty up front with caramel. A little sour. Moderately bitter in the finish. Some citrus in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 23, 2004
Black colored with big lasting beige head. Aroma is rich with roasted smoky malt and sweet chocolate and liquorice, excellent one. Full bodied mouthfeel with some tangy notes, name of beer tells much of it. Sweet roasted flavor with strong lasting chocolate. Somehow dry ending. Very well balanced and dimensional beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Appearance: solid black, insidiously opaque, with a thick and creamy cocoa-colored, so frothy it resembles a chocolate spong cake. Aroma: sweet, but roasty, with flavors of molasses, brown sugar, and espresso, slightly twisted, definitely dark. Taste: bitter hops tango with sweet malt in such a fashion that you get a little almost treacly sweetness, step 2, bitter tang, step 3, mild and mellow, repeat, cha, cha, cha. Possesses a far lighter mouthfeel than I’d expected, though still full in body, with dark, rich, and continually tasty flavor. Doesn’t hang too heavily on the palate, making for higher drinkability and greater sophistication. This is listed as a Stong/Old Ale, but it contains a mere 6% ABV, and feels a bit stoutish at times. No matter what it’s called, a fine ale all around, though, I wonder if it is based on an old Celtic recipe, as the label states, what did they call it before Henry Ford came along?

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Deep dark opaque. Fluffy off tan head that lingers and then selfdestructs. Nose is incredibly smoky. Buttered ham, vanilla, oak and bourbon prevail., slightly syrupy. The palate is incredible. Sticky and cloying, thick like motor oil honestly. Flavors are tangy, sublte notes of roastiness are subdued by the fruity qualities of the yeast and the smoky malt. I now think I understand the difference between a porter or stout and one of these scottish ales. Very good showing. G-rat

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2004
Very dark, brown. Tan 2cm head recedes to a lasting cover. Rich malty aroma with interesting notes of tar, licorice, vegetal oil, chocolate and tobacco. It indeed has quite a distinctive cigar suggestion in the petiness. Earthy licorice, soy sauce. Pretty good if those are your kind of flavors. Very dry from the beginning until the end too. Light tartness doesn’t disturb too much. Medium body, low carbonation. More smoke or meatiness and this was a killer. The name is actually a nice fit.


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