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

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RATINGS: 1692   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2006
this was a pretty good beer. Very dark, with a bit of thickness. It’s very different from other old ales I’ve had. Very smooth and drinkable. Thought the intial aroma was very sour and sharp it weaken once it warmed a little.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2006
stron apples oil dirty barleywine powerful alcoholz aroma. flat bacl oil in a glass. flavor is oddly more like grape soda with roast beans, stale, burnt hop finish, yech. flat and crappy palate. 2002 bottle. Thought an "old ale" should be able to stand up to age a little better but noting the abv, maybe not.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 23, 2006
(330 ml bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/wells/tul target=blank>Tully’s) Pretty nice but flavor is muted...Very dark brown body, nearly opaque but for some some glimmers of light along the edges. One finger of tan head recedes a bit but stays well. Aroma: tough to find much but for weak coffee-chocolate, perhaps a little bit of plum or cherry. Mouthfeel: smooth, nice. Nice fine, webby lacing. Flavor is very muted but basically light roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and a very slight hint of fruit. A let down flavor wise but perhaps this is generally to style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (10247) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle. A wood smoke, chocolate malt and alcohol aroma - initially had a medicinal smell but that faded as it warmed - had it too cold. Midnight black with small film of a head. Smokey dark chocolate flavor with moderate hops throughout. Nice full-bodied beer - well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Bottle. Pours black like the name. Not quite as viscous. Took an aggressive pour to yield even a small head that was slow in developing and faded almost as quickly. Rich malty aroma. I can smell a bit of chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Think, almost oily mouth feel. Rather sweet, with a rich malt flavor. Almost as sweet as a cola. A bit tangy in the finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2970) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Yum-o!!! wow, killer beer! let’s get lubed! nice head, plenty of lace, rich oily roasty satisfying luscious beer. OOOhh baby. had it on draft at Bodega downtown La Crosse, WIoth

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1829) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Draft at the Blue Dog. Decent aroma with a deep black look with thin head. Flavor is full flavored with a decent malt taste. Smooth and very drinkable. Not bad.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thewolf (11931) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2006
Pours dark - almost black. No head. Quite fresh with caramel and liquirice. A bit thin.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3188) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
On draft at Issac Newton’s. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma of fruit, alcohol, chocolate, and molasses. The flavor is fruit, chocolate, molasses, and a bitter finish. Great beer.


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