Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Porter
Alva, Central, Scotland


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RATINGS: 1705   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13980) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Aroma of dark malt/chocolate. Shows ruby tones under very strong halogen. A pruny fruit flavor followed by coffee; maybe a bit of chocolate. Mouthfeel a bit thin, carbonation is light. Roasted malt balanced by hop. Compare to McMinamin’s Terminator Stout. This has a smooth finish with toffe/coffee. Terminator is not so smooth, but it is less expensive. Kidding aside, this is great stuff to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2006
On tap at the Old Toad, Rochester. Roasty, porter like nose. Slightly lactose sour, burnt, and watery in the mouth, with a touch of raspberry. An enjoyable drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. Malty, chocolatey flavor with a mildly bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2727) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Great roasty, chocolate aromas with some coffee undertones. Body is dark brown with a very minimal head. Flavor is about like the aroma with a bit more fruity tones than expected. It all blends with a nice roasted aftertaste that finishes well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2006
33 cl bottle. No yeast at the bottom. Very dark brown colour nearly black with a nice creamy head. Great aroma of smooth roastedness, sweetness and some liqourice. Lovely smooth flavour of roasted malt combined with a nice blend of hops, very nice endeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2006
I find the Old Ale category rather interesting since they don’t seem to share the much characteristics with each other. This one pours a stout-like black color with a medium sized bubbly tan head much like a stout. The aroma and flavor are rather chocolatey with a nice roasted malt character and maybe just a hint of tary fruit in the back. Very solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Bottle. Dark chocolate color. No head. Aroma of malts, chocolate and maybe a hint of molasses. Flavor also has the chocolate, malts and molasses, some coffee. A little sweet. A little thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3493) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2006
Hops and chocolate dominate the aroma. Pours with no head. Deep, dark black color-like "old engine oil." Taste of chocolate with bitterness of hops, some espresso and coffee. This is a great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2006
Pours like a red black like a strong porter or a standard stout, though with not much of a head. Rich and sweet in aroma, with definite stone fruit, molasses, and a hint of chocolate covered cherries. Although I was slightly let down by the palate, this is probably because I associate this depth of color and aroma with imperial stouts, though this is smooth and creamy, though not over the top. The flavor is definitely more sour than I had anticipated. This reminds me slightly of Terrible, though this is both sweeter and less sour. The prime flavor here is chocolate covered cherries and secondarily amaretto. I think this beer is one of the few cases where a little more alcohol would do this wonders. While the slightly sour fruity cherry aftertaste is nice, it would be even nicer with some alcohol burn. I guess this might not be so easy to drink then though. Overall, an interesting offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2006
This does sort of look like engine oil- just very dark, small tan head. Smells like malty chocolate, sweet fruits, and caramel. The flavour is very fruity-cherries, but also roasty and some chocolate. Its tangy and sweet but still has that dark roastyness and a bit of bitterness, and its creamy and smooth.

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