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

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RATINGS: 1660   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7706) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 16, 2006
bottled. pretty intensely black with a light beige head. decent aroma of molasses and asphalt. plenty of flavour - toast, prunes, cocoa powder and cream, becoming quite sweet. pleasant stuff, just could use a bit more guts

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2006
Aroma: Brandy, candied fruits, roasty, chocolate, figs and alcohol Appearance: Pours thick. Dark, almost opaque with ruby highlights. Very little head but dark tan colour. Flavour: Surprisingly light but complex. Roast character dominates with cocao and espresso flavours. Not too sweet no astringency and alcohol does not come through into the flavour. Well balanced and complex. Overall: Dangerous! Luscious aroma not overpowering with a delicious roasty hang. More like dark cacao than milk chocolate. Roasty without burnt character. Finishes sweet but not cloying, very nice, very clean -no esters. Almost like a super scwartzbier. Very complex and aptly named: pours like engine oil.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (14791) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle at home. Black - not much head. Burned, smoked, bitter, tar. A bit like the smell of a garage, but not as thick as I expected. Rather smooth thou. High carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (11889) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
Deep black with a thick light moka lacing head, not very carbonated. Nice chocolate malt aroma, like bitter chocolate. In mouth, a nice chewy chocolate malt with notes of bitter coffee, and light herbal notes. Long and sustained bitterness from roasted malts. Rich bodied. A very nice old ale veering on porter territory. Bieropholie import mid 2005.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubbleflubber (2114) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Pours opaque black into the glass, with interesting ruby and pink fringe hues when held to the light. The dark brown head diminishes quickly, leaving no lace of which to speak. The nose contains large amounts of choco malts. This transfers into the flavor well.... tons of bitter dark chocolate on the tongue. This is balanced well and compliments the bitter finish. The hops linger with the bitter roasted chocolate on the back palate for a while. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and feels nice and satiating. Good overall offering here.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2006
Wow, really good. Smell is chocolatey and rich, which follows into a rich, velvety, slightly vinous full-bodied flavour. Pours very deep red/brown with a fawn head. Mouthfeel is smooth and the lingering aftertaste very nice indeed.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (8188) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2006
Bottle. Light brown low but lasting head. Dark red almost black body. Choccolate hops aroma. Relatively sweet choccolote flavor at the beginning, dry hops bitterness at the end. Strangely flat feeling that I cannot quite understand.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (9994) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2006
330ml bottle bought at Utobeer in London(15.09.2006). Almost black in colour with a brownish head that last for a while. Strong malty aroma with hints dark fruit. Chocolate and dried-fruit flavour. Touch of sourness and some yeast now and then. Nice bitter ending.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2006
Creamy and milky. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts. Reminds me a lot of Guinness on nitro, but with a much richer flavor. A little bit of rasin, but not much. Some hops lightening up the back. Yeah, the body is oily, but smooth. Basically a super flavorful porter. Bit of licorice. Seems to be lacking carbonation at the end. Really tasty and impossible to put down. Generally sweet, but the hops do balance it well. I don’t love licorice or rasin flavors, but this stuff is still really good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3362) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2006
Bottle. Purchased at The Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA. Pours black as motor oil with a large head that dissipates to a nice layer. The scent is malty and rich. The taste is nice balance between sweetness and malt with the feeling of a smoky dark ale. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste that holds some of the smoky malty character of the taste. A tasty ale that is very drinkable and goes down smooth


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