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

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RATINGS: 1612   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2006
UPDATED: APR 28, 2006 Bottle. Pours a nice, deep brown. Might as well be black. Thin off white head. Aroma is of malts, bourbon, and chocolate. Taste is somewhat odd. Tast cholcolate, roasted coffee and some bitter hops in the end. Finishes pretty good. No real aftertaste. maybe some coffe? Not to bad.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2006
Pours darker brown and settles a royal black with little reds around the edges. Small creamy putty brown head. The aroma is plesant. Strong roasted malt, dark fruits and a wiskey character. Great malt aroma with a tiny bit of european hop. Flavor is definately smooth and creamy. Round wince fruit character followed by a roasted coffed malt and then a mellow smooth blanket of roasted malt sitting on the tongue. It has a fairly thin feel and finish, but that doesn’t detract because it is a smooth mellow beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - APR 10, 2006
black, medium head. great aroma, spicy, yeasty, smooth chocolate malts. flavor is similar, nicely balanced with hints of bitterness, yet sweet and creamy. some hints of mocha. leaves a nice rich milk chocolate taste on the palate. very good.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 8, 2006
Black. Large, dense, cramy, tan head. Nose is toasty, bready malt and chocolate. Just like it says, bitter hops and chocolate, not much else. Body is balanced but thin, medium is a generous description. The special reserve is a great brew, this is drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4823) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2006
Pours deep brown/black into a mug. Lasting medium-sized head. Chocolate, date, fig and plum notes. Light, but full-chocolate flavored. Lingering slightly bitter chocolate finish. Very similar to a porter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - APR 4, 2006
The beer name seems to describe it very much. I had this on tap at Lazy’s. Looks like old engine oil. Very dark and complex, sort of hazy cloudy look to it, a medium caramel, citrous taste to it, with a frothy lacing at the end.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Great label and name. Pours dark black-brown with minimal head. Nice roasted nose, with some licorice and alcohol. Surprisingly light palate. Some chocolate, malts, and licorice. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (23510) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2006
Bottle. Black coloured with a small beige head. Light roasted aroma with notes of fruits. Roasted flavour with notes of fruits and alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3490) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 25, 2006
On tap at The Half Door in Hartford. Aroma has quite a bit of anise/licorice present. There are also some smoked peaty notes and a touch of sweetness as well. Opaque black color with a small, resilient light tan head. Nice lacing is present. Attractive. Roasted, slightly smoked peaty flavors to start with a bit of vinousness in the middle. There are definitely some cardboardy flavors to finish. Almost tastes oxidized. I guess this is typical of style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours black, like engine oil (big surprise), with a small diminishing off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, some fruit sweetness, a hint of chocolate and alcohol. Mild flavour is mostly malt, slightly roasty, with a hint of smoke, some alcohol and chocolate. Thin bodied. It’s good but for an Old Ale this is quite weak, at best it’s a mild Porter.


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