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


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RATINGS: 1701   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JAN 19, 2007
2002 vintage -11.2 oz. bottle - color of black , tan thin head - nose of prunes , leather , angave (tequila) , seaweed , rootbeer and malts – taste of portish , prunes , brown sugar , over ripe yellow apples and – body creamy slightly acidic and carbonated – aftertaste of apples and charred wood

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Bottled. Pours an opaque dark brown with a lasting tan head. Full body. Roasty malt in the nose and taste, with a touch of chocolate. Bitter finish builds a bit as the beer warms up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Bottle via trade with stoutlover72, Thanks! Pours a dark brown almost black, with a smallish tan colored head. Aroma is chocolate, sweet roasted malts. Flavor is sweet roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee, some tartness. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
richard (3) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2007 does not count
I purchased this at Lukas Liquor in St. Louis after searching southern IL without any luck. Harsh flavor at first; bitter but sweet; heavy in alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 3, 2007
In the bottle from Beertopia. I actually find this to be a better beer than the Special Reserve version. The unbalanced whisky flavor is not present in this one and the big chocolate taste can develop into its own. Has a high level of sweetness, but the malt sugar is kept in check with the roasted body well. This may be the only example that I know of where the barrel conditioning hurts the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertGBG (109) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2007
faint smell of smoke, powerfull palate, metallic taste, some bitterness and some sweetness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 1, 2007
11.2 oz bottle from wheninhell - thanks Andy! Pours black with a brown head. Nice, sweet, roasty malt nose, touches of raisin. Bittersweet chocolate flavors, lightly roasty malt. A bit of peat shows up in the finish. Nice, but could be bigger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle. Rather dark, almost black, topped off with a large thick dark tan head. Smells thick (!) roasted malts by the bagful, coffee, espresso, cocoa, smoke and just the hint of coriander in the nose. Taste is very malty, a pleasure of malts, chocolate and just some winter fruits. Lasts well in the mouth, little bit bitter. Just a bit straightforward and inoffensive. Excellent, but no real surprises - does what it says on the tin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
POD (198) - USA - DEC 21, 2006
I’m on a roll selecting good after dinner beers lately. This one was a suprise that I picked up in a Beers from around the World sampler. Bottle claims the recipe is Celtic. Pour is dark brown with little to no head. Aroma is mostly malt. The taste is bitter. I taste carmel, cooking chocolate, and something tart on the verge of sour. All flavors are well balanced. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2006
12/16/06: Bottle.
Brown-black body with a creamy, smoky-tan head. Small amount of lacing – sticks to glass. Nose of roasted toffee with a touch of chocolate. Rich flavor: malts, caramel, some hops and a bit a unsweetened cocoa. Finish is slightly sour.

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