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

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RATINGS: 1487   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3431) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 17, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [11.2 oz bottle] Dark black pour with a very thin tan head. The smell is mainly coffee and chocolate. Definitely smells like a nice porter. The taste has a lot of coffee and chocolate malt flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste. For an old ale, I was surprised at how much it tasted like a porter. Very good beer. Iíll definitely be buying more of this in the future.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sirjohn03 (39) - New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2005
I knew I wanted to try this beer since I saw its name about 1 year ago. I was finally able to get one recently and was not disappointed. It pours very dark with little off white head. It has a wonderful aroma of chocolate/coffee accents and a slightly bitter finish

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 13, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown colour with floaties and no head. Spicy light roasted coffee aroma and a sweet dry thin light roasted taste. Medium body and a sweet dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2005
Pours almost black very dark. Looks like oil. Aroma is malt and toasted coffee. Flavor is roasted coffee. Very dark for a scottish brew. I loved it. The flavor remains from the first sip to the last. This is a fantastic brew that I would buy again in a minute!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2005
On tap 4/6/05: Dark, deep brown w/ some ruby highlights and a lasting light beige head. Chocolatey @ first whiff, then becomes roasty w/ some espresso notes. A bit chalky w/ some nutty notes and coffee bean aroma. Hints of herbal hop. Well balanced throughout; roasty, chocolatey and herbal hop with a touch of burnt grain flavor @ the dry finish. Aftertaste is roasty coffee. Also some caramel and toasty malt in between. Lighter medium body, low carbonation, very smooth. Good Stuff!!!!! Sort of light, but very flavorful & satisfying.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 2, 2005
Tap @ Buckeye: Dark red/brown with a creamy light tan colored head. Nose full of chocolate, coffee, hops, and a little touch of roast. Oily and full on the palate. The chocolate is certainly what sticks out the most, with the lsightest bit of roast and hops. Creamy finish. I really liked this.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Dark brown/black with reddish glints and a diminishing tan head. Dried fruit and malt aroma. Malt, chocolate, raisins. Maybe some peat, but maybe thatís just me thinking "Hey! Scottish!" Oddly light-bodied for the style, kind of spritzy in a way that would probably be annoying if I was drinking it chilled. Good thing Iím not, eh? Finishes with grassy, oolong-like hops. Quite pleasing.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (8552) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2007 Taste like a dry grainy lighter barley wine. Beautiful fruity aroma like fruity good wine. Some roasted malt and chocolate throughout. Dark colour and initial malty head. Not too sweet, and a hop level. Fruit on aftertaste. Smooth

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Color is a dark brown that shot looks black in all but the thinnest parts. Head is a moderate sized cream color. Aroma is a leafy lightly roasted malt scent with a tiny bit of chocolate noticable. Flavor is a very smooth more defined version of the flavor. Roasted, chocolate and a bit of caramel come through. Mouthfeel isnt abrasive, a bit sweet and a subtle hops flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2005
Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malty with coffee notes and some chocolate. Flavor is chocolate sweet with a bitter finish.


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