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

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RATINGS: 1701   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (7795) - 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 (9268) - 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 IMHO… dry roastiness, a touch of soft leather, and light toast/heavy roast. More of a big dry stout than any Old Ale I’ve had before. I’d 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 (5770) - 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 it’s pretty darn good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (551) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (13969) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2007
Bottle at Københavnske øldage. Brown black colour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted, coffee, licorice. flavour is sweet, roasted, coffee, chocolate, licorice. Nice beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zootfinster (219) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2007
This is a very interesting beer. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Medium balanced chocolate malt and hoppy taste. Medium, bitterness and smooth pleasant finish

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braincage1 (147) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2007 Bottle. Oh man they got the name of this beer just perfect. This beer really looks like car oil with an opaque black color with only the faintest gold hues. Small tan head tops it off. Smell is inviting which is strange because it also touches on engine oil but is created by the mixture of chocolate malts, almonds, and some light dry fruit and coffee. Flavor doesnt start with a kick but the dominant chocolate malt soon coats the tongue. Caramel, nuts, and that excellent smoky flavor are also present. Good mouthfeel also present to cap off an excellent beer. Only complaint is that the flavors could have more kick.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16422) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 2, 2007
Bottle at Københavnske Øldage. A clear, very dark brown beer with a small tan head. Chocolate, mocha, some licorice and coffee in the nose, really pleasant and complex. Very balanced and complex flavor as well, with the same elements as in the nose, finishing with some hops. Quite dry, full body. What a lovely beer! (070512)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2007
[Taster – Seattle International Beerfest]
Dark dark black in color with no head. Aroma of that of a old deep dark roasted ale. The flavor was a strong stout/porter/old ale style. Loved the flavors and this beer. Great drinking and not for those with little beer experience. Not super strong in alcohol but this beer drinks very well and travels great in the keg. Semi strong fruity flavor mixed with some sour notes. This was a good drinking beer.


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