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

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RATINGS: 1598   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 (Bottle BB 04/2008) Coffee, roasted (burned) malty and licorice aroma with a hint of alcohol. Dark brown (slightly reddish) colour and small, brownish, very slightly lasting head with a hint of lacing. Coffee, burned, licorice and slightly sweet flavour. Soft carbonated and medium to full-bodied palate. 10/03/07 (original rating was 7/4/8/5/15)

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6562) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2006
11-oz. Yeah, they named it right. I’ve wanted to try one of these for a while--pours beautiful obsidian black and takes its time setting up a modest, slightly lacy off-white head. The stuff sits totally still in the glass for a second, and then little bubbles rise; they’re like sea monkeys. Given the achievement in color that this beer reaches, it’s a wonderfully understated, easy-going beer to drink. It smells just a bit of malt and toast, and then attacks with nice roast and coffee and a little sour finish. Fantastic stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1618) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Bottle: Now, this is a beer. This is what I always imagined the Scots drinking in their local pubs - not some McEwans IPA. It is oily black with a brown head, very much like the oil drained from your oil pan. It has malty aromas of alcohol, sweet and somewhat spicy chocolate. The taste is balanced well (as the commercial description says). The range is from a flat chocolate taste to a nice smoky bitter finish & aftertaste. The alcohol flavor is detectable even though it is only 6%. I really enjoyed this one!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12138) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Aroma of dark malt/chocolate. Shows ruby tones under very strong halogen. A pruny fruit flavor followed by coffee; maybe a bit of chocolate. Mouthfeel a bit thin, carbonation is light. Roasted malt balanced by hop. Compare to McMinamin’s Terminator Stout. This has a smooth finish with toffe/coffee. Terminator is not so smooth, but it is less expensive. Kidding aside, this is great stuff to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2006
On tap at the Old Toad, Rochester. Roasty, porter like nose. Slightly lactose sour, burnt, and watery in the mouth, with a touch of raspberry. An enjoyable drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. Malty, chocolatey flavor with a mildly bitter hop finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2536) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Great roasty, chocolate aromas with some coffee undertones. Body is dark brown with a very minimal head. Flavor is about like the aroma with a bit more fruity tones than expected. It all blends with a nice roasted aftertaste that finishes well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2006
33 cl bottle. No yeast at the bottom. Very dark brown colour nearly black with a nice creamy head. Great aroma of smooth roastedness, sweetness and some liqourice. Lovely smooth flavour of roasted malt combined with a nice blend of hops, very nice endeed.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2006
I find the Old Ale category rather interesting since they don’t seem to share the much characteristics with each other. This one pours a stout-like black color with a medium sized bubbly tan head much like a stout. The aroma and flavor are rather chocolatey with a nice roasted malt character and maybe just a hint of tary fruit in the back. Very solid beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Bottle. Dark chocolate color. No head. Aroma of malts, chocolate and maybe a hint of molasses. Flavor also has the chocolate, malts and molasses, some coffee. A little sweet. A little thin.


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