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

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RATINGS: 1567   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Ye Olde Engine Oile. Pretty good stuff. Angry, industrial, tough, and even a little piratey. Arrrr

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2004
True to its name. Deep brown, to black with minimal head, beige with some lace. Woody, coffee, chocolate, sweet caramel aroma. Bitter coffee, chocolate, smoky oak, maybe a little peaty. Good body, oily, and thick. Bitter sweet finish and a little dry. Nice one. Worth keeping a few around the house.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Pours as the name describes....A bunch of sweetness not as well balanced as the Commercial Description would lead you to believe, but the hop end is evident.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5168) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 This is a truly remarkable and unusual brew! The name and description entices the palate. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours thick, black and oily. There is absolutely no head at all. The aroma is oaky and lightly malty. Smells like a snifter of scotch. The texture is thick. The brew is rather bitter with a like oaky finish. Very reminiscent of a strong port. Definitely a slow sipping beer - and not one that I would choose to drink often - but I am definitely glad to have tried it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - DEC 4, 2004
dark brown in color, minimal brown head, minimal to no lacing, can smell the chocolate and coffee and also denotes in the taste, a bit bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Solid dark brown color, strong whiskey, sherry aroma, almost like a chocolate liquoer a noticable sourness that I found disagreeable, mellowed into a smooth malty taste with the continuous whiskey aroma. Would have rated higher except for that off sour taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8121) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2004
Thick creamy, dirty-greige head over nearly black beer, reddish highlights. Liquorice, sandalwood, drop; dark and very roasted malts, rather sweetish nose. Severe bitter taste, wood, woodstripper, tannines, wormwood, hopoil. In the end it mellows after all, getting a bit more sweetish. Very slick, viscous beer, very heavily bodied. Very dry with long bitter, (hop)oily aftertaste. Certainly lives up to its name. To me, it’s more USA than UK, few if any old ales are so hopped. Thanks to JeanH!

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
walleye (1072) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2004
poured true to its name with deep ruby around the edges, with a small light brown head thast didn’t last long. aromasweet dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, roasted malts, oatmeal, and a nice sweetness. flavor was a little disappointed I was hoping that the aroma would carry over into the flavor all flavors were weak, chalky some bitterness

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (5827) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2004
Bottled. Black with a small beige head. Fresh and sourish with vanilla and chocolate. Soft and smooth and sweetish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Plums and currants are the predominant subtle flavors that ride the think palate and dusky finish. Aroma of a sweet sake, with the alcohol more smelled than tasted. Rather good, an interesting one-of treat. Would try again.


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