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

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RATINGS: 1532   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 2, 2005
Tap @ Buckeye: Dark red/brown with a creamy light tan colored head. Nose full of chocolate, coffee, hops, and a little touch of roast. Oily and full on the palate. The chocolate is certainly what sticks out the most, with the lsightest bit of roast and hops. Creamy finish. I really liked this.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Dark brown/black with reddish glints and a diminishing tan head. Dried fruit and malt aroma. Malt, chocolate, raisins. Maybe some peat, but maybe thatís just me thinking "Hey! Scottish!" Oddly light-bodied for the style, kind of spritzy in a way that would probably be annoying if I was drinking it chilled. Good thing Iím not, eh? Finishes with grassy, oolong-like hops. Quite pleasing.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (8917) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2007 Taste like a dry grainy lighter barley wine. Beautiful fruity aroma like fruity good wine. Some roasted malt and chocolate throughout. Dark colour and initial malty head. Not too sweet, and a hop level. Fruit on aftertaste. Smooth

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Color is a dark brown that shot looks black in all but the thinnest parts. Head is a moderate sized cream color. Aroma is a leafy lightly roasted malt scent with a tiny bit of chocolate noticable. Flavor is a very smooth more defined version of the flavor. Roasted, chocolate and a bit of caramel come through. Mouthfeel isnt abrasive, a bit sweet and a subtle hops flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2005
Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malty with coffee notes and some chocolate. Flavor is chocolate sweet with a bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Pours black with a good off-white head and lacing. A huge amount of smoke so everything after this is messed up. Smelled something sweet but, also a bit of toast or something like that. This was good but, I donít know if itís 91 percentile good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMerritt (1840) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Sampled at Peoria Intíl Beer Festival. Red-black with a creamy off-white head. Brown sugar and molasses aroma - big-time malts here. Sticky, thick stuff, with lots of caramalized sugar, brown sugar, and molasses. Very low carbonation, nearly flat, yet I was poured my sample out of a freshly opened bottle. Slightly better than the Old Engine Oil Special Reserve.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbśk, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2005
Brown color with a beige head. The taste is a sweet light dry malty body with slight nutty, or caramel notes. Finishes pleasantly bitter and hoppy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2005
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 Bottled. Black couloured with minor brown head. Chocolate and fruits with hints of vanilla in the aroma. Very smooth taste, mainly of malt and smoke, but also hints of coffee in the aftertaste. (8 4 8 4 16)

Casked. Ruby red/black colour with small brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and strange sweetness. The sweetness also dominates the flavour and makes the otherwise so good beer rather unbalanced. I prefer the bottled version of this by far. (6 3 5 2 10)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Tap. Pours deep brown/black. Surprised at how incredibly smooth this was. Deep, malt with a little sourness at the end. Nice roasted malt without any bitterness.


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