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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Porter
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 1713   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3222) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (5614) - 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.

4.1
   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.

3.4
   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

3.9
   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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (15149) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle at home. Black - not much head. Burned, smoked, bitter, tar. A bit like the smell of a garage, but not as thick as I expected. Rather smooth thou. High carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12877) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
Deep black with a thick light moka lacing head, not very carbonated. Nice chocolate malt aroma, like bitter chocolate. In mouth, a nice chewy chocolate malt with notes of bitter coffee, and light herbal notes. Long and sustained bitterness from roasted malts. Rich bodied. A very nice old ale veering on porter territory. Bieropholie import mid 2005.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubbleflubber (2159) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Pours opaque black into the glass, with interesting ruby and pink fringe hues when held to the light. The dark brown head diminishes quickly, leaving no lace of which to speak. The nose contains large amounts of choco malts. This transfers into the flavor well.... tons of bitter dark chocolate on the tongue. This is balanced well and compliments the bitter finish. The hops linger with the bitter roasted chocolate on the back palate for a while. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and feels nice and satiating. Good overall offering here.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2006
Wow, really good. Smell is chocolatey and rich, which follows into a rich, velvety, slightly vinous full-bodied flavour. Pours very deep red/brown with a fawn head. Mouthfeel is smooth and the lingering aftertaste very nice indeed.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (8684) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2006
Bottle. Light brown low but lasting head. Dark red almost black body. Choccolate hops aroma. Relatively sweet choccolote flavor at the beginning, dry hops bitterness at the end. Strangely flat feeling that I cannot quite understand.


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