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

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RATINGS: 1686   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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Peat smokiness and small coco fill the nose. Flavours are smokey with some pepper. Mouth is watery. Better than the BA, but thats not saying much.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Poured black with a tan head that quickly diminished to hint of covering. Spicy aroma with a thin lightly carbonated texture. Flavor, light the whiskey cask age version, was a disappointment. While there was a hint of chocolate, what came through most was and earthy combination of ash and dirt – like drinking soy sauce with a bitter finish. As bad as this was, it was slightly better than the whiskey cask age version.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4071) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 1, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2006 (Style 62/70) Bottle from Country Club Liquors, Bakersfield; Nose of chocolate, coffee, malts, and dark fruits; transparent dark brown, same shade but not opaque like old engine oil; flavor of smoky coffee, with a little sour finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Bottle. Nose-maple syrup, baker’s chocolate, hay, sawdust, coffee, slightly lactic. Dark chocolate colored with a few bubbles. Taste-cold coffee grounds, lactic, peaty smokiness, light chocolate, grassy. Not too bad. Better than the BA version.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6919) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2006
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de chocolat et d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est brune très foncé avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de petits fruits foncés. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #530)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabjork (688) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 12, 2006
Bottled. Black in colour. Minnor beige head, lacings. There is a chocolate like smoky aroma from this one with hints of caramel. The flavour consists of burnt malt and it’s quite dry. It has a sweet aftertaste, mainly of burnt malt.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle; Dark reddish brown with nut brown head. Vinous chocolaty aroma with light hints of smoke. Malty sweet flavor with strong licorice. Viscous fullbodied with low carbonation. Excellent mouth feel and an overall very enjoyable beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (7683) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2006
(Bottled) Colour is very dark brown with ruby hints, opaque, with huge (but diminishing), frothy, brown head. Nose is roasted and dominated by chocolate and cocoa. Taste is huge, dominated by roasted malt, dark chocolate and sweet liquorice, some hints of cherries in brandy. Starts sweet, turns drier and more roasted towards the finish. Nice hoppy bitternes in the finish, but the taste is dominated by chocolate and liquorice. Medium to full body, huge taste but smooth and creamy. Brilliant balance! Very nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 (Bottle BB 04/2008) Coffee, roasted (burned) malty and licorice aroma with a hint of alcohol. Dark brown (slightly reddish) colour and small, brownish, very slightly lasting head with a hint of lacing. Coffee, burned, licorice and slightly sweet flavour. Soft carbonated and medium to full-bodied palate. 10/03/07 (original rating was 7/4/8/5/15)

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (7361) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2006
11-oz. Yeah, they named it right. I’ve wanted to try one of these for a while--pours beautiful obsidian black and takes its time setting up a modest, slightly lacy off-white head. The stuff sits totally still in the glass for a second, and then little bubbles rise; they’re like sea monkeys. Given the achievement in color that this beer reaches, it’s a wonderfully understated, easy-going beer to drink. It smells just a bit of malt and toast, and then attacks with nice roast and coffee and a little sour finish. Fantastic stuff.


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