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

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RATINGS: 1472   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2004
Black, small creamy biege head. Sweet chocolate, licorice with some roasted notes in aroma. Smooth flavour chocolate, vanilla, burnt sugar and dried fruit. Quite bitter finish with notes of cocoa and dark chocolate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2008 2008-10-01. Very dark brown near black body with good sized tan head that fades to leave a modest remnant of the same and some light lacing. Aroma of dark malts, mild toast and roast, has a slight sour tang to the malt at times. (6+) Flavour is similar, with rich malt base, chocolate notes, light bitterness is heightened by a minute sour tang similar to that of the aroma, particularly in the finish. Tang shows a touch of fruit character. Average plus palate approaches a medium body, with appropriate carbonation. Bottle is at least a few months old, which makes me question it but I suspect much of what I am calling tang is inherent and a function of the bitterness and nature of the fruit notes. Regardless, a solid effort with lovely core flavours. 7/4/7/3+/15 - 3.6 Bottle from the LCBO

January 2004. Black body with a respectable off white head. Mild roastiness with fleeting hints of chocolatey bitterness. An enjoyable brew. 7/4/7/3/15 - 3.6Bottle at Smokeless Joe’s in Toronto.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2388) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Well why not try to buy this in Scotland?? a Scotsman will look at you like you have green ears, they have never heard of the stuff. It must be for export only, found in York, England for £1.49. Looks like a stout or porter totally black, tastes like a sweet stout, very smooth, very drinkable; too bad it was only 330ml.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1835) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2003
I had this beer on draft at Fire Waters (@ Tropicana) in Atlantic City. Fire Waters mislabelled the beer as a stout. Dark black color with hints of ruby colors. Very smooth beer with no bitterness. Confused though about the style, I thought this beer was a stout.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (5593) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 20, 2003
Black, lowish head. Nuts and sharp lemony flavors dominate. Hops seem a bit dusty. Had some sharp edges I couldn't come to terms with.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Dark fudge brown color with deep ruby highlights and slivers of light brown at the bottom, very thin tan head that fades to a thin ring the whole glass through, lace in spots and globby strings. Aroma is sweetly roasty and deep with some light chocolate, molasses, and coffee mixing in; a nice soft nose. Taste is quite roasty with an old coffee-like flavor, some semi sweetness with a light bittering tang that holds for a good time and into the finish. The roastyness is nice but mostly mild and subdued in its presence. Good clean mouthfeel thats close to medium body and lightly creamy nearer the finish with a short lived little chocolatey tang and roasted dryness lingering in the finish, a nice touch. A fairly nice brew, I can see have'n alot of these, a good session brew for sure.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2003
It's not really that oily, but it's still heavy and black enough to be confused with a sweet stout or porter. Well rounded, with notes of bitter cocoa, caramel, burnt malts, perhaps raisins. Mouthfeel is full and sticky ... I think a pint of this would be too much. Very enjoyable brew in one of my favourite styles.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - NOV 25, 2003
Roasted barley nose, dark mud-black color, decent frothy head. Chocolatel malt body with a coffee and licorice tinge at the end -> peppery. Silky texture and mouth feel with a full body. Creamy. Overall it could have come together better, but I quite liked this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 25, 2003
Cherry, roasted, nearly smokey nose. Black as the night, little head, leaving brussels laces on the glass - stripes. Hoppy and intense malty taste. Smooth, short - Cigar aftertaste. Nice

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2004 (Bottled) Very dark brown with brownish, diminishing but lacy head. Dark, roasted, chocolate-malty aroma with oak and licorice hints. Dry, bitter, dark chocolate flavor. Bitter, sweetish, oaky finish. Full-bodied, creamy, smooth catbonated palate. No taste of alcohol present. Best when drank straight from the fridge. When warm, it loses its smooth, chocolate flavor. A very delicious, full-bodied, well-balanced and enjoyable brew.


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