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

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RATINGS: 1612   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrik (41) - Ĺrhus, 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Bottle. Pours a nice dark brown, almost black, with a smooth deep brown head. Dark, bitter chocolate and smoke on the nose, along with some general roasted aromas which lean more toward earthy/harsh than sweet. Very smooth and full mouthfeel, as if it were casked/aged, though nothing on the bottle indicates this. Full bodied flavors shine through-- coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, dark and syruppy malt. Finishes somewhat creamy but also a bit dry and tacky, perhaps from the hops content. It is "wickedly smooth" indeed; a really fine beer. Would love to see how different the oaked version is as I’m really impressed with the body of this one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Deep, deep dark body. The aroma is nutty. The flavor is full and chocolatey. The palate is thick and rich.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Very dark, almost black, with a rich creamy head. Aroma is nutty, creamy and toffeeish. Deep tasting and roasty, with bitter chocolate and hints of coffee, backed up by subtle hoppiness. Smooth to the end. Finishes clean with more roast malt, coffee and chocolate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2005 Ok ok lets re-rate this fellow then. Im drinking this at probbaly above room temp, and this is a good thing for this beer as both times before it has been weak and lacking structure. Initial aroma is HAM, seriously i mean like maybe an oak smoked, even maybe maple smoked ham, however as it sorts itself out chocolate and dark fruit characters start to some out. Chocolate with slight coffee notes and a wet bitter finish, far better than before finish is long also, far fuller bodied than before. This should be drank warm like most stouts not "straight from the fridge" as advertised.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sobchak (131) - Skagen, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2005
(Cask at The Wharf, Aalborg) - Wery interesting in its complex treacle, raisin, hoppy sweetness, also wery appealing to the eye, with a almost black brownish colour and a thick creamy head.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2005
[bottle from sainsburys] nose is woody, nutty, roasted malts with a good dose of chocolate. body is dissapointing, taste also has a little molasses in the finish. feels like the beer just isnt big enough to support the boldness it proclaims in the nose, still a good beer though


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