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

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RATINGS: 1514   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Accaris (21) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Thick and oily coffee black in the glass, as indicated by its name. A small burst of carbonation that settled quickly. This aleís sweet scotch nose went right to my forehead. It was definitely "wickedly" smooth, with a quick sweet chocolate bite with a tad of spice that reminded me of anise. Very little aftertaste.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Pours black like motor oil with a tan head.Hints of chocolate.Mouthfeel was silky.There was something about this brew i didnt like.It was not a stout like i thought it was.The finish left a dry tatse in my mouth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1021) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 18, 2005
the smell is so fresh, ahhh... great flavor, awesome palate. imagine a soft and delicate mint chocolate porter reminiscent of anchorís porter--but this basically has more: smoke, caramel, licorice, burnt coffee that isnít bitter... very good!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Pours an opaque black/brown with a small head. Aroma is malty and peaty. A medium bodied Scottish ale. Exhibits moderately complex malt flavors, chocolate, smoke, and caramel. It is a little sweet tasting, but it is balanced by a smidge of hops. Pretty smooth taste. Mild flavor. A nice beer for after dinner sipping. I want to say the mouthfeel is too thin for my liking, but I blame that on the name---it gave me a preconceived idea of what it would be like. Iíd say itís body is more like "used" engine oil. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a sweet finish. Pretty nice!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2005
On tap at Andyís. The mecca. This was described to me as an Old english brown ale. poured black, almost like a porter. The aroma was roasted and chocolate and coffee. The flavor was like a brown ale, but with much more to it. This was a pleasnt mouth full. Smooth and creamy, dry and toasty. I loved this.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Bottle. My sister Anne brought this one for the 2003 beer exchange. Rick and i opened it up and I thought I would need a spatula to scrape it out of the bottle. Sort of like getting liquid malt from the brewing can! Nice sweet slightly hoppy nose with definite cocoa and coffee. Thick stuff on the palate and black as a stormy night. Definitely the most viscous beer that I have ever had... maybe 15w40? Not bad stuff though with some nice flavors of coffee, cocoa, and even some sweet toffee. Thanks Anne!

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jayb0 (1042) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Although very quaffable it went down so easy as to be barely memorable. I canít complain or compliment any one aspect. Pleasant.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (5648) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2004
Bottled. Black with a small beige head. Fresh and sourish with vanilla and chocolate. Soft and smooth and sweetish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Plums and currants are the predominant subtle flavors that ride the think palate and dusky finish. Aroma of a sweet sake, with the alcohol more smelled than tasted. Rather good, an interesting one-of treat. Would try again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7983) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2004
Thick creamy, dirty-greige head over nearly black beer, reddish highlights. Liquorice, sandalwood, drop; dark and very roasted malts, rather sweetish nose. Severe bitter taste, wood, woodstripper, tannines, wormwood, hopoil. In the end it mellows after all, getting a bit more sweetish. Very slick, viscous beer, very heavily bodied. Very dry with long bitter, (hop)oily aftertaste. Certainly lives up to its name. To me, itís more USA than UK, few if any old ales are so hopped. Thanks to JeanH!


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