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

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RATINGS: 1472   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.


3.7
   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 (1009) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2003
Pours black wiyh a thin head. Not too thick. Heavy chocolate with not too much bitterness. Nice roasted malt flavor. Tasted at room temperature. Was told it was bitter cold. Very nice. Nice, almost porter ale. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 26, 2003
Appearnce: This engine oil pours dark brown with a foamy brown head and reddish bricking. Aroma: This puppy has some maltiness in the nose. Flavor: It's a bit malty with some alcohol bite, but not too much. THis is extremely drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Very dark brown hue and reddish tones. The creamy tan head does mostly disappear however, but the lace is still very good. Intense malt aroma of molasses, bittersweet chocolate, smoke, espresso, oakwood, and earthy esters. The taste is very unique, sweet with a solid undertone of spicy smoke. There is a minor presence of bitter hops just lingering enough to awake your senses for the next drink. Ripe fruitiness surrounds the tongue and adds a nice acadic twang. Very vinous on the palate, lush and soft with a woody finish. Full-bodied. The beer fits no style catogory IMO, that's why I like it! A bit scottish, porter, sweet stout, strong ale rolled into one, complex yet easy enough to have more than one in a sitting. Which is what I'm doing. Cheers!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2003
Pours an opaque, old engine oil, colour. Aroma of roaster malt, caramel and coffee. Medium body. Nice roasted malt flavour and beautifull mouthfeel. Ay, its a good Scot.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2003
Thick, very dark brown. Smokey nose with hints of molasses and chocolate. Full and creamy on the palate. Slightly bitter-toffee like finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Aroma is full of burny chocolate malt, extremely roasted and smokey with coffee and dark chocolate screaming through. Flavor is full of these flavors. Pours just like the name says and finishes with a sweet but not-cloying complex roast finish. I really enjoyed this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 Dark brown, small head. Malty, roasted, notes of coffee and dark chocolate, a bit dry nose. Medium to full body, smooth. Flavor is malty, roasted, coffee-like, a bit dry and sweet, chocolate-like, moderately bitter, also notes of alcohol. Dry, roasted and long finish. A bit too dry for me, but a pleasant beer overall.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Pours very dark black, with a brown head that flees quickly. Oh, such nice caramel and roast aromas, with small hints of fruit. Again, in the flavor, roast caramel with so much malt. Palate is very smooth with damn nice finish. A very good scottish ale!


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