Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Porter
Alva, Central, Scotland


on tap

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RATINGS: 1706   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 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (10587) - 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.

   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.

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