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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Porter
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 1706   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JUL 30, 2007
Pours dark brown to black. Small amber head. Very dry tasting with dark chocolate predominating. Very little sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2007
A Mes rate: 33cl bottle from Utobeer. Very dark brown with a reasonable tan head and some good looking lace. Dark chocolate malt in the aroma with some pleasing cheesey funk about it. Very cheesey in fact. Creamy goats cheese even. Flavour is just about ok with some nice chewy malt and a bit of rubber but itís the stout like finish that makes it. A lick of fruit appears out of nowhere with banana and more chocolate but this time a little sweeter. The finish adds more complexity as it lingers turning hoppy and bitter then tangy malt at the death giving really good balance. Lovely oily feel to it too. Very interesting stuff with plenty of character.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nearbeer (4830) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2008 330 cl. Opaque black with a four-finger lasting head, and beautiful sticky soapy lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, molasses, maybe a whiff of beef jerky. Taste is big malt, but has great balance: chocolate, chicory coffee, light peppery herb, charred oak, and a slight salty-smoky aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, extremely smooth, and just the right balance between watery and sticky. As advertised, a great dessert beer, and nearly perfect.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours dark with ruby edges and a small beige head. Aroma of roast, dark fruit, chocolate, and spices. the flavor is roast, chocolate, spices, and a fair amount of bitterness in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Pours dark chocolate brown wtih a smooth khaki head. Very rich chocolate flavors, like bakers chocolate, molasses, lightly burnt flavors, and hints of port. Tastes more like a stout then an old ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (7846) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2007
Bottle. Very dark brown with a slight, tan head. Aroma was roasty, with prunes and bitter chocolate. Flavour of more chocolate, with coffee and preserved fruits. A warming alcohol finish. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Pours a dark black with a fast fading head. I have had this on tap and in the bottle. I bypassed it several times at Beer and Wine Westpark, but I finally took a chance. Why did I wait so long? This comes acorss like a good British porter with a bit less carbonation. The smoky satin taste brings the chocolate out with very little bitterness. It finishes with a mildness yet moderate alcohol taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2007
Tap at Blind Tiger. Pitch black beer with a thin off-white head. Aroma is quite roasty. Heavy tarry/charry roasted malt character. Earthy/roasty with a bit of fruit and dark sweet malts. Leathery flavour and surprisingly dry throughout. Bitter chocolate and roast. The flavour is fairly simple IMHOÖ dry roastiness, a touch of soft leather, and light toast/heavy roast. More of a big dry stout than any Old Ale Iíve had before. Iíd like to try it with a bit more age on it. Warming improves it significantly, bringing out leather and more sweet fruitiness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5800) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown body with a mahogany edge under a small fine bubbled light brown head that left lots of heavy lacing. Aroma is heavily malty with some roast, coffee, chocolate, and caramel notes. Some light alcohol, licorice, and husky grain. Flavor has lots of chocolate, a little smoke, and a nice slightly sour roasty finish with coffee, a little alcohol, and light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice oily texture and soft fine carbonation. This was a really nice surprise, much better than the Special Reserve version. Not really sure it fits in real well with the Old Ale style, but itís pretty darn good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (554) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Rich dark solid color, aroma is syrupy and toasty. Chewy palate. Taste is burnt malt with a noticable kick. First taste after swallow is coffee with nice clean hoppy finish at the end.


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