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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1679   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 8, 2006
Black. Large, dense, cramy, tan head. Nose is toasty, bready malt and chocolate. Just like it says, bitter hops and chocolate, not much else. Body is balanced but thin, medium is a generous deScription. The special reserve is a great brew, this is drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5278) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2006
Pours deep brown/black into a mug. Lasting medium-sized head. Chocolate, date, fig and plum notes. Light, but full-chocolate flavored. Lingering slightly bitter chocolate finish. Very similar to a porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - APR 4, 2006
The beer name seems to describe it very much. I had this on tap at Lazy’s. Looks like old engine oil. Very dark and complex, sort of hazy cloudy look to it, a medium caramel, citrous taste to it, with a frothy lacing at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Great label and name. Pours dark black-brown with minimal head. Nice roasted nose, with some licorice and alcohol. Surprisingly light palate. Some chocolate, malts, and licorice. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (25142) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2006
Bottle. Black coloured with a small beige head. Light roasted aroma with notes of fruits. Roasted flavour with notes of fruits and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3581) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 25, 2006
On tap at The Half Door in Hartford. Aroma has quite a bit of anise/licorice present. There are also some smoked peaty notes and a touch of sweetness as well. Opaque black color with a small, resilient light tan head. Nice lacing is present. Attractive. Roasted, slightly smoked peaty flavors to start with a bit of vinousness in the middle. There are definitely some cardboardy flavors to finish. Almost tastes oxidized. I guess this is typical of style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7054) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours black, like engine oil (big surprise), with a small diminishing off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, some fruit sweetness, a hint of chocolate and alcohol. Mild flavour is mostly malt, slightly roasty, with a hint of smoke, some alcohol and chocolate. Thin bodied. It’s good but for an Old Ale this is quite weak, at best it’s a mild Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RealAle (12) - USA - MAR 18, 2006
Tasty beer served on tap with a beautiful malty aroma and great flavor. Not much head retention and a bit too much carbonation for my taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2006 Freshly poured the aroma and taste of this beer reminded me a lot like an aged swiss cheese. As the beer breathed, it seemed to fade and I thought it could be from the presence of some peated malt maybe mixing with roast flavors and hop bitterness. Whatever it was, the flavors did not blend well, very unappealing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Bottle. At first glance, I’m thinking porter. Pours black with an off-white rocky head. Dark fruits and roasts up front followed by mild espresso, chocolate, and caramel. Finishes slightly bitter. Really good.

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