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


on tap

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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Great label and name. Pours dark black-brown with minimal head. Nice roasted nose, with some licorice and alcohol. Surprisingly light palate. Some chocolate, malts, and licorice. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (23987) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2006
Bottle. Black coloured with a small beige head. Light roasted aroma with notes of fruits. Roasted flavour with notes of fruits and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3509) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 25, 2006
On tap at The Half Door in Hartford. Aroma has quite a bit of anise/licorice present. There are also some smoked peaty notes and a touch of sweetness as well. Opaque black color with a small, resilient light tan head. Nice lacing is present. Attractive. Roasted, slightly smoked peaty flavors to start with a bit of vinousness in the middle. There are definitely some cardboardy flavors to finish. Almost tastes oxidized. I guess this is typical of style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6657) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours black, like engine oil (big surprise), with a small diminishing off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, some fruit sweetness, a hint of chocolate and alcohol. Mild flavour is mostly malt, slightly roasty, with a hint of smoke, some alcohol and chocolate. Thin bodied. Itís good but for an Old Ale this is quite weak, at best itís a mild Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RealAle (12) - USA - MAR 18, 2006
Tasty beer served on tap with a beautiful malty aroma and great flavor. Not much head retention and a bit too much carbonation for my taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2006 Freshly poured the aroma and taste of this beer reminded me a lot like an aged swiss cheese. As the beer breathed, it seemed to fade and I thought it could be from the presence of some peated malt maybe mixing with roast flavors and hop bitterness. Whatever it was, the flavors did not blend well, very unappealing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Bottle. At first glance, Iím thinking porter. Pours black with an off-white rocky head. Dark fruits and roasts up front followed by mild espresso, chocolate, and caramel. Finishes slightly bitter. Really good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2006
(03.11.06) Cask conditioned version available at Firkinís, Libertyville, IL. Opague black hued ale with short-lived medium tan head. Prunes and coffee nose. Very full-bodied ale that starts with moderate malt sweetness and mixture of dried fruit (prunes), coffee and chocolate flavors. Finishes with light lingering bitterness and coffee flavor aftertaste. Rich complex flavors. Smooth and creamy texture. Lush Port-like quality. A monster beer. Not for the meek.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2006
poured black with minimal head and lacing. roasted malt and coffee aroma with a slick bitter sweet taste of burnt caramel. enjoyed more than the reserve.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sregnar35 (1028) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2006
On tap at Maharís. Very black with really no head at all. Aroma is interesting, roasty ad sweet with some fruity smells too. Flavor is again roasted dry but with some sweetness I didnít expect, pretty good.

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