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

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RATINGS: 1534   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Deep burgundy body with moderate carbonation and a smooth, cream-colored head. Aroma of silky, rich chocolate, warm dark fruit, and molasses. Flavor includes some peat smoke and distinct earthy hops. Bittersweet and pleasant. Provides a really nice aftertaste if you can wait long enough between sips. I dig it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2006 Bottle. Black color with red reflection with tan head. Malt, alcohol and caramel aroma. Taste of coffee, malt and nuts with nice bitterness. Medium to full bodied but a little watery. Bière de couleur noire avec des reflets rouge et un collet beige. Odeur de malt, alcool et caramel. Au goût, c’est le café, le malt et les noix avec une bonne amertume mais, elle est un peu mince (acqueuse). Bonne bière

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2006
"Light black" body with a moderate head. Aroma is malt dominated with chocolate, coffee and mainly licorice. Hint of dark fruits in there as well. Flavor is the same, but nothing here is making me want to come back. I thought this was a Porter but whatever.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4615) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Think of a more full bodied Newcastle and you come close to this beer; and that doesn’t sound so bad. The aroma is of light malt. A dark brown beer with low carbonation. Light malt and hops, and a touch of coffee. I didn’t pick up any chocolate, but the beer is thick. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2006
Black colour, thin tan head. Aroma from chocolate, coffee & liquorice. Somewhat watery mouthfeel with some notes of wheat, tar and cocoa powder. Long, acidic aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2006
(Bottle 33 cl) Almost pitch black with only a vague, reddish hue. Very small - almost absent - beige head. Close to being flat. Aroma of roasted malt, complex almost vinous with a raisiny touch. Lovely, dark lightly burned malty notes. Not too full-bodied with roasted malt, alcohol and licorice. Discreet, dry bitterness. Quite lovely. 020106

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 Dark brown pour, small almond head. Aroma is a little roasty. Flavor is muted roasted malt, some caramel and very dry chalkiness. Thin bodied and really just plain tasting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Pours a deep dark brown almost black color. Aromas of wood, dark chocolate, and bitter coffee. Flavor is a nice mixture of dark chocolate, wood, smoke, and a touch of scotch?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (1997) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
Very dark brown in colour with medium carbonation. Porter-like aromas of dark baking chocolate and a touch of coffee. There is a very mild fruity flavor in this beer, like red grapes or cassis, that mixes well with the chocolate and coffee elements. Somewhat watery, but still very good. Reminds me a bit of a lighter bodied St. Ambroise Oatmeal stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
A very robust coffee aroma resembling that of walking past a coffee café. Assembles in the glass like motor oil except for the few small traces of suds floating on the surface. A strong taste of chocolate is present, but not so strong that it over powers the taste of the grains. This beer is moderately smooth and lingers very well.


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