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


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RATINGS: 1641   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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 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 (12047) - 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 (40504) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Peat smokiness and small coco fill the nose. Flavours are smokey with some pepper. Mouth is watery. Better than the BA, but thats not saying much.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Poured black with a tan head that quickly diminished to hint of covering. Spicy aroma with a thin lightly carbonated texture. Flavor, light the whiskey cask age version, was a disappointment. While there was a hint of chocolate, what came through most was and earthy combination of ash and dirt – like drinking soy sauce with a bitter finish. As bad as this was, it was slightly better than the whiskey cask age version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4000) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 1, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2006 (Style 62/70) Bottle from Country Club Liquors, Bakersfield; Nose of chocolate, coffee, malts, and dark fruits; transparent dark brown, same shade but not opaque like old engine oil; flavor of smoky coffee, with a little sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Bottle. Nose-maple syrup, baker’s chocolate, hay, sawdust, coffee, slightly lactic. Dark chocolate colored with a few bubbles. Taste-cold coffee grounds, lactic, peaty smokiness, light chocolate, grassy. Not too bad. Better than the BA version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6571) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2006
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de chocolat et d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est brune très foncé avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de petits fruits foncés. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #530)

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