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

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RATINGS: 1511   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2005
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. I’ve had a good few of these but always manage to drink them at the end of the night, when rating would be dangerously innaccurate. Dark brown to black. No real head. Aroma of coffee, blackest chocolate, roast barley, distant smoke. Excellent mouthfeel despite not being bottle-conditioned. Long, bitter, roasty yet hoppy finish. Ken Brooker deserves a knighthood.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2005
I’ve never drank engine oil, let alone old engine oil, but if it taste like this, I might start tomorrow. Dark black/brown pour with an equally dark head. Well balanced roasted aroma of toffee, nuts, and chocolate, with a coffee palate. A taste as equally impressive. This went down quickly and without any fuss

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Dark brown with a frothy head. Cappacino? Lots of chocolates and caramels throughout. Nose and flavor. Quite easy drinking. Nothing really bad to say about this. Good show.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 Bottled. Thanks to OhioDad. Pours a deep dark brown with garnet hues around the edges if held to a bright light. Small beige head that dissipates leaving nice lacing. Aroma is musty and oxidized, with some sweet brown sugar and molasses. Flavor is of dark roasted malts, toffee, sweet caramel and charcoal with some oak barrel undertones and vanilla. I’m getting a bit of chocolate as well. No hop flavor though hop bitterness is apparent in the dry smokey and earthy finish. Full bodied but quite far from the viscosity of old engine oil and a smooth texture with moderate carbonation. Great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (5181) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2005
330 ml bottle, trade with maeib. Black colour, impenetrable for light. Moderate tan head. Looks like old engine oil, smells like old engine oil too - just add dark and roast malts, oak, leather, liquorice and dark bitter chocolate. Lovely roast malts flavour, oily texture. Elements of oak, dark bitter chocolate and substantial hops, maybe some dried fruits and English liquorice too. Great roasty bitter aftertaste with elements of peaty smoke. A great beer! Thanks, maeib!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2005
Bottle from Sainsburys, served fairly cold. Black with slight tan head. Full bodied similar to a porter. Not bad but slightly on the heavy side for me.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2005
Bottle (330ml) from Sainsburys. Pours very dark black with just the slightest hint of burgundy. A whiff of this fills the nose quickly with its superbly rich and full vapours. Aroma of dark malts, fruit and something I can’t quite place – superb. So incredibly rich to taste with roast malt, sweetness and balanced by an intense bitterness. Smooth and filling, delicious, exciting, brilliant – everything a beer should be. This is definitely the kind of beer you have to approach in the right frame of mind, as, intense at it is, it certainly could rub you up the wrong way.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2005
Bottle. Rich chocolate malts, raisins with contrasting roasty liqourice. Not as smooth and full as I would have hoped. Pleasantly hopped finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3848) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2005
Bottle from Sainsburys, Selly Oak, Birmingham. Jet black, with a large beige head, which does subside after a couple of minutes. Strong paint fume, coffee and vodka tinged roast. Enticing and tasty. Very good strong Stout (I thought), with a deep smoothness. Beautifully balanced - sweet round the edge, with an ashy, fish-scale flint edge. Warming on the finish. Good oily and thick mouthfeel. Liked this alot.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2005
Bottle: Pours a nice black with a dark beige lasting head. Nice big malt, coffee and fruitcake aroma. Flavour is roast malts balanced with caramel. Decent bitter finish. Could have a little more body, but still a nice beer.


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