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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1512   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2003
Very dark brown. Light brown head. Fine bubbles. Dark aroma of licorice, espresso, dried fruit & prunes. Soft, oily feel. Complex flavour of chocolate, roasted coffee, dried fruit, molasses, licorice. Warm, slightly medicinal finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reid (1923) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2003
got this in a 330ml brown bottle with gold foil around the cap..nice simple label. The beer purs thick and slow..and leaves a very very small head which soon dissapears. The colour is rich deep dark brown almost black..light does not penetrate this. I Liked the scent of the beer the aroma of malts is strong..some chocolate too..dark chocolate nice. Taste is wonderfully full of malt with a thick cocoa like feel..some blackberries in there too.. very very smooth on the palate leaving a slight bitter aftertaste on the back of the tongue..buttery..mmm mmm I find this very easy to drink..but the label on the back of the bottle says its a good after dinner drink..and i suppose it is since i just ate my dinner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1500) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2902) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2141) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2263) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, 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.

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