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


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RATINGS: 1440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Quite dark and Stout-like in much of it's character. Slightly burnt cocoa with dark fruit, hops in the finish is balanced well with a bit of smokiness. Overall a pretty good creation but not outstanding.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Almost black and as much as I tried, could not get much of a head on this. Sour plum taste followed with deep chocolate. Litte hop flavor and not enough coffee to balance. What’s with the plums taste?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Bottled. Not quite pitch-black, though quite dark and very close to opaque, with a medium light tan head that diminishes quickly to a lasting foamy wisp. Very sweet, creme brulee nose, hints of hazelnuts and vanilla peeking through. Chocolaty, thick almost to syrupiness, but with a nice old tobaccoish smokiness towards the end and just a hint of hops to keep it from getting out-of-hand sweet. Could be fuller at the finish, but quite good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holdwine (1071) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2004
On draft. Looks like its namesake, pitch black under a creamy head. Wonderful aroma of the hops sneaking out from under the heavy malting. Dark chocolate flavor lingers, but my glass was a little watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Dark brown in color with little head. Smooth chocolaty aroma. Sweet and slightly bitter with a chocolaty well balanced finish. My kind of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2004
Pitch black with a firm but thin light tan head. Spicy aroma. The flavor is heavily roasted peat but with an interesting sweet chocolate bite at the finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (4887) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 3, 2004
This bottled brew poured a large sized head of fine to medium sized long lasting light brown colored bubbles. The body was a semi-opaque very dark brown one with no visible carbonation. The aroma was mild and chocolaty. The mouth feel was mediumly hopped with a malty bite that lingered in the finish. The flavor was mild dark malt and mild chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (3922) - Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Bottle. A bit of a disappointment in the flavor of this one. It poured a small sized tan head that was creamy and smooth with fine-small sized bubbles that mostly dissipated. The body was opaque and uncarbonated with a dark brown hue. The nose was lightly malty chocolate and somewhat sweet. Some chocolate in the flavor as well as coffee which left somewhat of an aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth. This was a medium bodied beer with fair lacing. Just not overly impressed with this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 25, 2004
Gotta love the name, anyway. Head looks like frothy chocolate milk foam; not a strong, but somewhat nutty and chocolatey nose; a bitter-sweet chocolate flavor, rich and full bodied brew with coffee and burnt toast flavors. I could use a bagel with this (and maybe dash of cream). Interesting and tastey, a good wake-in-bake-first-one in the morning brew, but I could probably drink only one at any given time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2004
I dunno, I just didnt like this very much overall. Dark in colour with a thin to medium brown head. The nose is sweet and malty pretty good smelling. The taste is sweet and suggary right off but finishes kind sour. The body is somewhat thin and wattery. Overall, I just dont think that this stuff is too drinkable.

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