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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1642   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12415) - 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 (4322) - 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 (3649) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Bottle (2003): Black, brown edges, large sand colored foamy head, wonderful lacing, looks superb.   Prune and fig dominate the nose.   Slight soy as well.   Chocolate emerges as it warms.   Raisin and a stronger soy flavor on the tongue.   Fairly big body, but mouthfeel was less than stellar.   Soft finish, slight cocoa, soy, fig, and date.   Quite enjoyable, well rounded, soft on the palate.   Thanks mattbob for sharing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 28, 2005
The bottle poured a deep garnet (near black) beer with a thin but persistent head that gave good lacing to the glass. The aromas were an interesting mixture of sweet fruits. I detected banana. fermenting plumb and notes of grape. The body was medium-full with little carbonation and a smooth texture. The flavor begins with a slightly old mustiness surrounding the sweet malt. As this matured, it brought out an interesting warmth and notes of aged port. The finish is quite long, slightly dry and warming. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2005
Dark brown with a beige head, quite frothy. Caramel, chocolate and malt in the aroma. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel and initial sweetness in the taste folloed by slight bitterness. Delicious, highly drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Bottle. Very Dark brown, almost black beer, pours with a small tan head that quickly recedes. Aroma is sweet dark malts. Flavor is an excellent and beautifully balanced blend of sweet dark malts and fruity tartness. Black molasses and chocolate in there also. Dries out some towards the finish with a light bitterness and lingering aftertaste. Very smooth with a rather light mouthfeel. One bottle of this just makes you wish for more. Yummy delicious for such a dark brew. I wish I could get this in six packs. I love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Sampled on Tap at Crane Alley, Urbana, IL. Old Ale? More like a porter to me. I honestly thought the waiter brought me the wrong beer until I saw everyone else’s glass was the same color. Its awfully dark with roasted notes, not what I’d typically think of as an old ale, but as RateBeer makes clear, there’s a lot of variation in this style. Toffee, caramel, chocolate (surprising), and toasty oak. Some dried currant and fig notes as well. A bit thin on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Deep blackish brown, decent small head. Aroma was chocolate and some dark fruit. Complex flavors of dark chocale and tobacco intermingle with some dark fruit notes in a highly enjoyable, surprisingly drinkable brew. Some molasses as well. Liked this better than the oaked version.

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