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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1720) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Bottle: Now, this is a beer. This is what I always imagined the Scots drinking in their local pubs - not some McEwans IPA. It is oily black with a brown head, very much like the oil drained from your oil pan. It has malty aromas of alcohol, sweet and somewhat spicy chocolate. The taste is balanced well (as the commercial deScription says). The range is from a flat chocolate taste to a nice smoky bitter finish & aftertaste. The alcohol flavor is detectable even though it is only 6%. I really enjoyed this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12760) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Aroma of dark malt/chocolate. Shows ruby tones under very strong halogen. A pruny fruit flavor followed by coffee; maybe a bit of chocolate. Mouthfeel a bit thin, carbonation is light. Roasted malt balanced by hop. Compare to McMinamin’s Terminator Stout. This has a smooth finish with toffe/coffee. Terminator is not so smooth, but it is less expensive. Kidding aside, this is great stuff to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2006
On tap at the Old Toad, Rochester. Roasty, porter like nose. Slightly lactose sour, burnt, and watery in the mouth, with a touch of raspberry. An enjoyable drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. Malty, chocolatey flavor with a mildly bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2596) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Great roasty, chocolate aromas with some coffee undertones. Body is dark brown with a very minimal head. Flavor is about like the aroma with a bit more fruity tones than expected. It all blends with a nice roasted aftertaste that finishes well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2006
33 cl bottle. No yeast at the bottom. Very dark brown colour nearly black with a nice creamy head. Great aroma of smooth roastedness, sweetness and some liqourice. Lovely smooth flavour of roasted malt combined with a nice blend of hops, very nice endeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2006
I find the Old Ale category rather interesting since they don’t seem to share the much characteristics with each other. This one pours a stout-like black color with a medium sized bubbly tan head much like a stout. The aroma and flavor are rather chocolatey with a nice roasted malt character and maybe just a hint of tary fruit in the back. Very solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Bottle. Dark chocolate color. No head. Aroma of malts, chocolate and maybe a hint of molasses. Flavor also has the chocolate, malts and molasses, some coffee. A little sweet. A little thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3160) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2006
Hops and chocolate dominate the aroma. Pours with no head. Deep, dark black color-like "old engine oil." Taste of chocolate with bitterness of hops, some espresso and coffee. This is a great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2006
Pours like a red black like a strong porter or a standard stout, though with not much of a head. Rich and sweet in aroma, with definite stone fruit, molasses, and a hint of chocolate covered cherries. Although I was slightly let down by the palate, this is probably because I associate this depth of color and aroma with imperial stouts, though this is smooth and creamy, though not over the top. The flavor is definitely more sour than I had anticipated. This reminds me slightly of Terrible, though this is both sweeter and less sour. The prime flavor here is chocolate covered cherries and secondarily amaretto. I think this beer is one of the few cases where a little more alcohol would do this wonders. While the slightly sour fruity cherry aftertaste is nice, it would be even nicer with some alcohol burn. I guess this might not be so easy to drink then though. Overall, an interesting offering.

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