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

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RATINGS: 1598   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 Dark brown pour, small almond head. Aroma is a little roasty. Flavor is muted roasted malt, some caramel and very dry chalkiness. Thin bodied and really just plain tasting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Pours a deep dark brown almost black color. Aromas of wood, dark chocolate, and bitter coffee. Flavor is a nice mixture of dark chocolate, wood, smoke, and a touch of scotch?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2081) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
Very dark brown in colour with medium carbonation. Porter-like aromas of dark baking chocolate and a touch of coffee. There is a very mild fruity flavor in this beer, like red grapes or cassis, that mixes well with the chocolate and coffee elements. Somewhat watery, but still very good. Reminds me a bit of a lighter bodied St. Ambroise Oatmeal stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
A very robust coffee aroma resembling that of walking past a coffee café. Assembles in the glass like motor oil except for the few small traces of suds floating on the surface. A strong taste of chocolate is present, but not so strong that it over powers the taste of the grains. This beer is moderately smooth and lingers very well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Pours black with beige head, rich roasty malt aroma and taste of espresso, a little chocolate, raisin, a, nice bitter hop finish to balance the heavy-handed roastiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steprous99 (28) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Definitely not as thick as engine oil, hahha it’s more like a 30 weight. Strong heavy flavor but still drinkable, nothing really great, it’s a decent beer but a bit overrated I think. I had it at underground bluz here in orlando.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3202) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2005
Dark brown-mahogany hue, with a frothy tan-colored head, but falls quickly, with chocolatey note, a faint smoked accent, caramelized malt, roasted grains, coffee, an hint of herbal touch in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a malty, coffee, hint of smonkyness, roasted malt, dark chocolatey flavors, with a dry coffee beans note, leading towards a good floral hops and some bitterness on the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2009 Pours a black colorwith a thin light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruits. Flavor of roasted malt, dark fruits and chocolate along some dryness. Light to medium body with an oily texture and low carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
biomechanic (55) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Wow. This is one of my favorites now. Dark,chocolatey whit a slightly warming palate. It tastes like stout but it’s something different. Interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kjharley (8) - anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 31, 2005 does not count
Black, chocolate, really warming. I enjoyed this beer. Its in short supply where I live so I picked up a few without tasting. Glad I did cause I’d like to be able to keep this in my on hand supply.


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