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


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RATINGS: 1626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
henrikb (1260) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2006
Black body, creamy beige head; Well this beer actually smells of used engine oil, but it could of cause also be read much fresher with green apples and a malty sweetness; Soft textured body, quite acidy but very simple; Quite dry finish, long and bitter, aromas same as nose but here mixed with a little tar. Alright, but very simple and to clean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown, almost black with a small creamy beige head. Rich chocolate and espresso aroma, with smooth chocolate in the lead and roasted notes in the background. Complex bitter chocolate flavours, blending nicely with espresso and just a hint of berries. Dry finish. I would not call it an old ale, I think it is more of a member in the baltic porter family.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Rich malty aroma, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Pours black as oil! Very rich flavor, roasted malts, chocolate, some hops. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
locarboy (129) - USA - AUG 19, 2006
from an 11.2 oz. bottle. Poured the color of used motor oil. Little to no head. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, dried fruit, piloncilo, and dark chocolate. Good dark malt flavor balanced by hop bitterness and a bit of a winey finish. Not as dark and roastey as a dry stout. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2006
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a tan head. Roastd malty aroma with some hints of raisins. Roasted malty flavor with hints of coffee and chocolate. Malty chocolate aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 9, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 Pours black from a bottle. Nice tan head, great lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, and some smoke. Flavor is very chocolaty with coffee and a mildly hoppy, smoky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (11854) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2006
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Powerfull elegant aroma. Very nice caramellic/coffee flavor. Oily palate. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (39785) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2006 Bottle. Pours like a quart of motor oil and has a thick, mocha colored head with sticky lacing. Aroma has hints of licorice, raisins, and molasses, very earthy. Flavor has the same qualities with a little bit of chocolate in the back end. Has some smoked, roasty notes in there as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 28, 2006
A little faint stoutish aroma. A nice beer, that seems to have a taste as cross between a stout and a porter. Some good chocolate in it as well. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 21, 2006
black body with lots of red peeking through.brown head that leaves nice webbing.nice chocolate and a bit of alcohol heat in the aroma.flavor is chocolate,figs,and a tiny sour finish.

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