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


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RATINGS: 1487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2003
UPDATED: APR 26, 2008 Chocolate brown with a bit of scruffy foam. Cocoa nibs and toasted marshmallows seem sprightly over a bed of caramel. Plush malts find balance against a mild toastiness and tingling acidity. Scrumptious velvet texture on a slightly beefy body with tussling carbonation.

Spritzy and rich in syncopation; a sturdy ale.

33cl bottle, best before 04/2009.

33 cL bottle, tulip glass. Eh, not a stout or porter? Okay... Nearly opaque black body starts with a small frothy head that disappears quickly. Milk chocolate, vanilla and alcohol are the first aromas to hit the nose. Moderately sweet flavor rolls into a lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter finish. Lots of chocolate dominates the flavor, but it’s not as overpowering as the description had me thinking. There’s a bit of alcohol in the finish. Full body has a very velvety texture and soft carbonation. Very tasty once in a while desert beer is one dimensional, but pleasant. Original rating of Ar7, Ap4, F8, P5, O14.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2003
Pretty nice stuff. Soft medium body, light carbonation. Flavours of chocolate caramel, with some late salt, peat and citric hops. Bitter-ish finish, and relatively dry. Nice soft texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericnixon (738) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Maybe i had too many stouts tonight, but i think that this seems average. Good and smooth yet not amazing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2004 This beer reminded me more of a stout than anything. Lots of chocolate with a bit of a bitter finish. Not one of my favorites but not too bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2003
Draft - A very full bodied dark ale that drank more like a stout than a Scottish Ale. Great balance of chocolate and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2003
Big burly dark robust beer with strong head and chocolate flavors. Flavorful, complex and first rate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2003
Black; thick head. Nice aroma, roasted malt. Smooth enough, well balanced, a lot of roasted malt, chocolate. Robust final. A very good stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2003
Bottle and once an cask. Much chocolate in the nose and flavor. Fruity at the same time - Northern Brewer hops? Nice creamy mouthfeel. Pours and looks like the engine oil, of course! Very nice beer. Not sure it hits the Scottish Ale style right on, we call it a "Magical Mystery Brew" in our homebrew club (FOSSILS).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9429) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 15, 2003
black colour with a fine brown-tainmted head and a beautiful lace, aroma of black chocolate with some alcohol notes, good malt body, very oily (of course...), robust bitterness in the finish, very long and dry chocolate aftertaste - balance and character for this delightful brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2003
Nice dark brown color,small tan head.the aroma was pretty decent,malt mild hops with a peaty smell as well.Gotta love the Scotts,what a fine brew.The taste was semi-sweet malty with a mild hop presence,the feal was kind of thick and the after taste was malty sweet and that peaty taste kind of shows up in the after taste as well.You just can't beat a Scotch ale.Bocks might be my choice of fav's but Scotch ales will always be my all time favorite.

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