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


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RATINGS: 1532   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TBone (12989) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2004 Bottled (BB 08/2004)
Opaque black. Brown whipped cream-like head. Barley-wine type sweet and malty aroma. Good mouthfeel: sweet and same time hoppy. Gives nice bitter aftertaste. Not too heavy-bodied, which makes this easy to drink. (8/5/7/4/16 4.0)
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Rich, wineous and malty aroma. Sweetish and robut - rounded mouthfeel. Great. (8/5/7/5/17 4.2)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2004
Draft at Sean Bolean's.Very nice scottish ale.Aroma of choco-coffe,butter(some ringwood)Tastes like headt coffee/butter brew.Some hops to balance.Very nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2004
Deep dark ruby-brown with a short-lasting creamy tan head. Lots of roasted malt and some sweet licorice make up the nose. The flavor is sweet up front (caramel and chocolate) then it fades quickly into a medium amount of hop bitterness. The body is medium with a dry finish. Overall a nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 16, 2004
Opaque black color with a medium tan head. Coffee, sweet malt and sour lactose aroma. Nice sweet malt, chocolate, coffee, lactose and lightly bitter hops. Slightly dry roasty hops finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2004
Strong coffee aroma. Black color, light brown almost creamy head, very nice lace. Coffee flavor, thick start but thinner finish, some licorice, roasted, long lasting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2004
Black with a tan head. Aroma and flavor of bitter dark chocolate. Bitter chocolate finish. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 8, 2004
Black w/ tan head. Malty, sweet aroma w/ celery notes. Flavor is sweet, with hints of chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Dark colour, no head. Aroma is dark chocolate and anise. Flavour is same with a strong bitter finish and a dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3551) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2004
On tap at Buckeye. Dark beer with red highlights when held up to the light. Creamy tan head that lasted. Light cocoa in the nose. Some chocolate and faint ash, with a sweet cocoa finish. The end showed a quick shot of hop bitterness and finished dry. Quaffable and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2004
Bottled. Black with a thin white head. Looks, smells and tastes all the world like stout, perhaps with over zealous helpings of chocolate and remnants of hopping making it stand out. Good bitter finish with traces of hops as I mentioned. Whilst the length of the flavour on the palate is decent the overall feel is quite harsh. Not as good as the Special Reserve version which I had with it.

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