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

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RATINGS: 1480   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 9, 2003
color is a deep brown a slight, but also, short-lived tan head. aroma is surprisingly alcoholic for 6%. also some roastiness with slight bitter chocolate. more roastiness in the flavor than the aroma. also a milky/creamy quality to the flavor as well. some bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6378) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 9, 2003
Thick engine oil look, with thick nice looking crown .Coffee, creamy, nice roast. Nice thick body. Very good ale.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2003
Colour is very dark, almost black, with ruby tints and a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth & creamy. Flavours are well-rounded and well-balanced, with notes of coffee & bittersweet chocolate, and a bitter licorice finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Nice dark color, with a tan head. Its malty and roasty. It is full bodied. Has some smokeyness, and come chocolate notes to it. Nicely balanced with hops. Good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2227) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2003
Near black in colour. Aroma of dark chocolate, cherries, licorice. Flavour was of caramel, lots of malt with a bit of sweetness. Finishes with a medium bitterness. Not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Beautiful dark and black color with an everlasting tan head. Roasty/malty and even smokey aroma. Complex rich malt flavor, with a smokey, chocolatey finish. Smoe hops there spomewhere. Have had this three ways now. Bottle, tap, and cask. Each one has been worth every penny.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Beautiful dark amber body with a light khaki head. Figgy-chocolatey aroma with just a hint of roasted barley and tartness. Very smooth and full bodied. Sweet with a slight bitter finish and roast that lingers. Roast becomes more pronounced as it warms. Great brew, I have to try ths fresh someday.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2004 Bottle pours very dark and clear amber (only seen with bright back light) with a super head and a whole bunch of thick lace. The aroma is mildly roasty and a bit like dark chocolate. The flavor is strong molasses malt with a dry finish that brings the maltiness to a grinding halt. The palate is very thick and chewy. Overall, this is very nice. I am very impressed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 10, 2003
I'm pleased to see that this beer is so highly rated. I wouldn't want the beer with the best name to have a taste that was not up to that standard. Pours a deep brown with a large brown head of medium bubbles. Some pretty good lacing. Tons of sediment visible. Smell is remeniscent of St. Bernardus Abt 12. Berry aroma with a trace of hops. Very nice tasting. The malt flavor changes halfway through from a deep, dark flavor to a more woody taste. Hop undertones appear late. A slightly chocolatey aftertaste. Good beer. I'll have to try more Scottish Ales.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2003
Good, almost black color and a nice tan head start this brew. Flavor is rich and full, really quite nice, but the nose isn't as full as I'd like. Overall, a good scots ale, without the common malt domination.


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