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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1628   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5266) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a medium foamy brown head with minimal retention. Aroma of chocolate with roasted malt is easily identifiable. The roasted malt with some medium notes of chocolate and coffee also dominates taste. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer from a style that I’m having more and more of hard time to pin down. Re-rate 2008 (fresh bottle (2007) and 2005 vintage: More coffee and black chocolate then last time around with a creamier body then last time. The vintage bottle had lost some body and some of the coffee notes and is probably not a good candidate to be cellared.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
black pour, similar to engine oil. sweet malty smell. taste is very similar to that. something i enjoyed, something i would buy again? nah. but its worth the shot if you see it around your town.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Aroma:rosted malt,light chocolat.... Apearance:very dark,good tan head... Flavor:rosted malt,chocolate,nutty...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Malty, and plummy taste and smell. Some dark nuttiness also. Not really a great mouthfeel, pretty good overall though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonMoore (2024) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2005
Bottle. Black with a large tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee and dark fruits. Taste is dark fruits, roast malts, chocolate and a bitter finish. Surprisingly light. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Bottle poured black with smallish head and light lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and dark fruits. Flavor is roasty chocolate and coffee. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12237) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Draft. Black color with full light brown head that diminished slowly. Heavy aroma of caramel and roasted malt. Full body with smooth texture. Good fruit, chocolate and malt flavor with a short dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4315) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2005
The aroma is heavily roasted malt and caramel. The appearance is dark brown almost black with a small head that left good lacing. The flavor is chocolate with malt and a light bitterness from the hops. Slightly sweet aftertaste with a little hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Opaque brownish-black color, with a small, filmy light tan colored head. Rich malt and yeast aroma, producing gummy currant and raisins, light milk chocolate and salt. Chocolate silk caresses in a gentle way, with smoky soy sauce, toffee and a light hop bitterness on the finish. Very light, watery texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3603) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Pour is of course black like oil. Aroma is a chocolate with a nice roasted malty backbone. Flavor is a nice mix of cocoa and toffee. Not quite flavorful enough to knock you off your chair but it has its qualities to make this one to look for.

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