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

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RATINGS: 1576   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMerritt (1863) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Sampled at Peoria Int’l Beer Festival. Red-black with a creamy off-white head. Brown sugar and molasses aroma - big-time malts here. Sticky, thick stuff, with lots of caramalized sugar, brown sugar, and molasses. Very low carbonation, nearly flat, yet I was poured my sample out of a freshly opened bottle. Slightly better than the Old Engine Oil Special Reserve.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2005
Brown color with a beige head. The taste is a sweet light dry malty body with slight nutty, or caramel notes. Finishes pleasantly bitter and hoppy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (21545) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2005
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 Bottled. Black couloured with minor brown head. Chocolate and fruits with hints of vanilla in the aroma. Very smooth taste, mainly of malt and smoke, but also hints of coffee in the aftertaste. (8 4 8 4 16)

Casked. Ruby red/black colour with small brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and strange sweetness. The sweetness also dominates the flavour and makes the otherwise so good beer rather unbalanced. I prefer the bottled version of this by far. (6 3 5 2 10)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Tap. Pours deep brown/black. Surprised at how incredibly smooth this was. Deep, malt with a little sourness at the end. Nice roasted malt without any bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2005
From A Bottle.Black in colour with a small head,light coffee aroma, taste is very sweet and malty with some smoke.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 28, 2005
The color of engine oil with a small beige head. Nose is stout like (chocolate and coffee). Flavor starts lightly sweet and porter like with a touch of coffee bitterness in the finish. Light creamy palate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1419) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 28, 2005
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a thick opaque black with thin beige head that leaves some lace. Aroma is of vanilla beans, a bit of chocolate and some anise. Taste is woody and roasty. Smooth and malty with just a bite of hops at the end. No strong lingering bitterness. Hints of vanilla at the beginning and a sweetness throughout. Not as thick as I would’ve thought based on the chunky pour, but definitely not thin. That isn’t meant as a negative, more of a complement to how this rich beer pours. This isn’t a porter!?

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2005
I hate beers that look friggin’ great, and then don’t live up. This one pours and presents itself outsatnding and then well.... Rich? Full bodied? Please....it was just ok.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jde123 (766) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 26, 2005
A decent old ale purchased at a scottish pub. Pours very dark, a muddy rust color, aroma of strong fruits and chocolate. Very smooth, yet biting finish. A wonderful beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3640) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2005
Bottle, from Rythym & Booze, Cleethorpes. Jet black, thin beige head and gentle condition. Low roast barley, hints of liquorice and chocolate aromas. Gentle roasted barley, chocolate and coffee in the mouth. Sweet liquorice and bitter roast barley in the finish with a slight phenolic edge. More like creosote than engine oil.


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