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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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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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Bottle (2003): Black, brown edges, large sand colored foamy head, wonderful lacing, looks superb.   Prune and fig dominate the nose.   Slight soy as well.   Chocolate emerges as it warms.   Raisin and a stronger soy flavor on the tongue.   Fairly big body, but mouthfeel was less than stellar.   Soft finish, slight cocoa, soy, fig, and date.   Quite enjoyable, well rounded, soft on the palate.   Thanks mattbob for sharing!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 28, 2005
The bottle poured a deep garnet (near black) beer with a thin but persistent head that gave good lacing to the glass. The aromas were an interesting mixture of sweet fruits. I detected banana. fermenting plumb and notes of grape. The body was medium-full with little carbonation and a smooth texture. The flavor begins with a slightly old mustiness surrounding the sweet malt. As this matured, it brought out an interesting warmth and notes of aged port. The finish is quite long, slightly dry and warming. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2005
Dark brown with a beige head, quite frothy. Caramel, chocolate and malt in the aroma. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel and initial sweetness in the taste folloed by slight bitterness. Delicious, highly drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Bottle. Very Dark brown, almost black beer, pours with a small tan head that quickly recedes. Aroma is sweet dark malts. Flavor is an excellent and beautifully balanced blend of sweet dark malts and fruity tartness. Black molasses and chocolate in there also. Dries out some towards the finish with a light bitterness and lingering aftertaste. Very smooth with a rather light mouthfeel. One bottle of this just makes you wish for more. Yummy delicious for such a dark brew. I wish I could get this in six packs. I love it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Sampled on Tap at Crane Alley, Urbana, IL. Old Ale? More like a porter to me. I honestly thought the waiter brought me the wrong beer until I saw everyone else’s glass was the same color. Its awfully dark with roasted notes, not what I’d typically think of as an old ale, but as RateBeer makes clear, there’s a lot of variation in this style. Toffee, caramel, chocolate (surprising), and toasty oak. Some dried currant and fig notes as well. A bit thin on the palate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3459) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Deep blackish brown, decent small head. Aroma was chocolate and some dark fruit. Complex flavors of dark chocale and tobacco intermingle with some dark fruit notes in a highly enjoyable, surprisingly drinkable brew. Some molasses as well. Liked this better than the oaked version.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrik (41) - Århus, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2005
Almost completely black. Low carbonation. Chocolate at first, but in the aftertaste something sweet and vinuous -- brandylike I think. Very interesting, smooth and drinkable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2005
Cask at Charlies. Deep dark brown colour with a light brown, creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and some smoke. Very soft and smooth flavor with roasted sweet malt and hops. Sweet finish with notes of chocolate.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2005
Bottled. Dark indeed, some earthy chocolate, smooth on the way down but nothing remarkable, certainly not for an old ale.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Pours a deep dark brown with a light beige thin head and slight lace. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and fruit in the aroma. Lots of caramelized malt flavor along with some toffee, nuts, and a fair amount of chocolate. The finish has some bittering hops to balance it out. mouthfeel is a bit too slick for me. Not oily (oats) thick but more from the pasteurization I think.


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