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

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RATINGS: 1445   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7722) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2004
Thick creamy, dirty-greige head over nearly black beer, reddish highlights. Liquorice, sandalwood, drop; dark and very roasted malts, rather sweetish nose. Severe bitter taste, wood, woodstripper, tannines, wormwood, hopoil. In the end it mellows after all, getting a bit more sweetish. Very slick, viscous beer, very heavily bodied. Very dry with long bitter, (hop)oily aftertaste. Certainly lives up to its name. To me, itís more USA than UK, few if any old ales are so hopped. Thanks to JeanH!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Ye Olde Engine Oile. Pretty good stuff. Angry, industrial, tough, and even a little piratey. Arrrr

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2004
True to its name. Deep brown, to black with minimal head, beige with some lace. Woody, coffee, chocolate, sweet caramel aroma. Bitter coffee, chocolate, smoky oak, maybe a little peaty. Good body, oily, and thick. Bitter sweet finish and a little dry. Nice one. Worth keeping a few around the house.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 This is a truly remarkable and unusual brew! The name and description entices the palate. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours thick, black and oily. There is absolutely no head at all. The aroma is oaky and lightly malty. Smells like a snifter of scotch. The texture is thick. The brew is rather bitter with a like oaky finish. Very reminiscent of a strong port. Definitely a slow sipping beer - and not one that I would choose to drink often - but I am definitely glad to have tried it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Pours as the name describes....A bunch of sweetness not as well balanced as the Commercial Description would lead you to believe, but the hop end is evident.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - DEC 4, 2004
dark brown in color, minimal brown head, minimal to no lacing, can smell the chocolate and coffee and also denotes in the taste, a bit bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
walleye (1062) - 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 didnít 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.


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