Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Porter
Alva, Central, Scotland


on tap

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RATINGS: 1718   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (10760) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3182) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1834) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thewolf (12136) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2006
Pours dark - almost black. No head. Quite fresh with caramel and liquirice. A bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3235) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (5633) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Bottle. Earthy licorice aroma. Ruby-black pour with a delicious-looking lacy light brown head. Licorice and light dark chocolate malt in the mouth, and a little tart peat. Really like the sour tartness. Body could use some bulk. Dry finish. Silken smoove mf. Easy-going and mature, well-made but not much of a flavor profile to rave about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerHound53 (24) - USA - OCT 18, 2006
Black, smallish head that went away quickly. Tastes of burnt earth with a slight sour taste and a little Alcohol after. Nice Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 16, 2006
bottled. pretty intensely black with a light beige head. decent aroma of molasses and asphalt. plenty of flavour - toast, prunes, cocoa powder and cream, becoming quite sweet. pleasant stuff, just could use a bit more guts

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2006
Aroma: Brandy, candied fruits, roasty, chocolate, figs and alcohol Appearance: Pours thick. Dark, almost opaque with ruby highlights. Very little head but dark tan colour. Flavour: Surprisingly light but complex. Roast character dominates with cocao and espresso flavours. Not too sweet no astringency and alcohol does not come through into the flavour. Well balanced and complex. Overall: Dangerous! Luscious aroma not overpowering with a delicious roasty hang. More like dark cacao than milk chocolate. Roasty without burnt character. Finishes sweet but not cloying, very nice, very clean -no esters. Almost like a super scwartzbier. Very complex and aptly named: pours like engine oil.

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