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

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RATINGS: 1523   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steprous99 (28) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Definitely not as thick as engine oil, hahha itís more like a 30 weight. Strong heavy flavor but still drinkable, nothing really great, itís a decent beer but a bit overrated I think. I had it at underground bluz here in orlando.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3051) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2005
Dark brown-mahogany hue, with a frothy tan-colored head, but falls quickly, with chocolatey note, a faint smoked accent, caramelized malt, roasted grains, coffee, an hint of herbal touch in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a malty, coffee, hint of smonkyness, roasted malt, dark chocolatey flavors, with a dry coffee beans note, leading towards a good floral hops and some bitterness on the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2009 Pours a black colorwith a thin light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruits. Flavor of roasted malt, dark fruits and chocolate along some dryness. Light to medium body with an oily texture and low carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
biomechanic (55) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Wow. This is one of my favorites now. Dark,chocolatey whit a slightly warming palate. It tastes like stout but itís something different. Interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kjharley (8) - anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 31, 2005 does not count
Black, chocolate, really warming. I enjoyed this beer. Its in short supply where I live so I picked up a few without tasting. Glad I did cause Iíd like to be able to keep this in my on hand supply.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4828) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a medium foamy brown head with minimal retention. Aroma of chocolate with roasted malt is easily identifiable. The roasted malt with some medium notes of chocolate and coffee also dominates taste. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer from a style that Iím having more and more of hard time to pin down. Re-rate 2008 (fresh bottle (2007) and 2005 vintage: More coffee and black chocolate then last time around with a creamier body then last time. The vintage bottle had lost some body and some of the coffee notes and is probably not a good candidate to be cellared.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
black pour, similar to engine oil. sweet malty smell. taste is very similar to that. something i enjoyed, something i would buy again? nah. but its worth the shot if you see it around your town.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2937) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Aroma:rosted malt,light chocolat.... Apearance:very dark,good tan head... Flavor:rosted malt,chocolate,nutty...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Malty, and plummy taste and smell. Some dark nuttiness also. Not really a great mouthfeel, pretty good overall though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonMoore (1886) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2005
Bottle. Black with a large tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee and dark fruits. Taste is dark fruits, roast malts, chocolate and a bitter finish. Surprisingly light. Good.


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