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

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RATINGS: 1568   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2006
poured black with minimal head and lacing. roasted malt and coffee aroma with a slick bitter sweet taste of burnt caramel. enjoyed more than the reserve.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sregnar35 (994) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2006
On tap at Mahar’s. Very black with really no head at all. Aroma is interesting, roasty ad sweet with some fruity smells too. Flavor is again roasted dry but with some sweetness I didn’t expect, pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 3, 2006
lots of caramel, chocolate, raisons, licorice, raspberries in the aroma. Body is opaque, with no head. Taste is coffee, roasted malts, butterscotch. Mouthfeel is silky. Much better then the barrel aged version.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 3, 2006
Opaque dark brown, near black, with just a hint of garnet in the light. Thick tan head, with greenish tinges, sits atop and thins out quickly, leaving a strong lace. Nose is malty at first - crystal and chocolate - but is quickly taken over by alcohol-laden fruitcake - whisky, green plums, cherries. Flavour is quite fruity up front, again a bit green, with a woody bitterness. More alcohol comes through in the swallow and and then some strong peppery notes linger with green, slightly astringent, fruit for a long finish. Low carbonation and medium-heavy weight give this a superb mouthfeel. Well made, complex and thought-provoking - though I would love to experience more of the malt, and less of the fruity esters, in the nose and mouth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4345) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2006
Bottle. Near enough jet black beer with a mild white head. The aroma is lightly coffee and dry and the flavour is strongly bitter, mildly roasted and vinous. Overall a nice steady strong beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Pours a beautiful dark brown with a good sized caramel head. Nice aroma of malts, dark chocolate and fresh coffee. Very smooth with good carbonation and a well balanced flavor. Flavor is of slightly bitter hops, dark chocolate, and burnt caramel. Drank this one rather fast it was so good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Great dark body with a nice caramel head. Good clean aroma, malts, chocolate, coffee dominate. Very clean body, well balanced with hops, caramel and chocolate. Nice burn in the end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 Bottle on 11/10/2010. Dark black body with a small light brown head. Smokey and chocolate aroma. Smoke, chocolate and light roast flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. 7/5/8/3/16 - 3.9 Rating on 02/25/2006. Relatively clear dark brown color with a thin light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and caramel. Flavor of smoke with caramel notes. 7/4/8/3/15 - 3.7

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1272) - TAIWAN - FEB 23, 2006
black with brownish head. chocolate aroma with roasty note, the body is rich and creamy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6150) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
Bottle (330ml). Almost opqaue ruby-black with a decent lasting foamy light brown head. Sweet lightly burnt caramel malt, sour cherry and apple, roast nuts and a hint of soap. Quite a bit of hardwood smoke in the flavour, again the overroast malt, tart fruit and nuts, hint of pure cocoa - has an average porter body and is rather still, not much of a linger on the palate. An solid porter, maybe more oomph, but nice roastiness to it, although the finish is almost candyish.


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