Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Porter
Alva, Central, Scotland


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RATINGS: 1713   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2005
Bottle from Sainsburys, Selly Oak, Birmingham. Jet black, with a large beige head, which does subside after a couple of minutes. Strong paint fume, coffee and vodka tinged roast. Enticing and tasty. Very good strong Stout (I thought), with a deep smoothness. Beautifully balanced - sweet round the edge, with an ashy, fish-scale flint edge. Warming on the finish. Good oily and thick mouthfeel. Liked this alot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2005
Bottle: Pours a nice black with a dark beige lasting head. Nice big malt, coffee and fruitcake aroma. Flavour is roast malts balanced with caramel. Decent bitter finish. Could have a little more body, but still a nice beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
little head, very dark (the black hole let little light through). caramel/cherry kind of flavor. i found it to be hard to swallow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about...Scotch whiskey, peat-roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and a nice subtle bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2005
Bottle from internetwines.com. Aroma is spicy malt and alcohol. Pours thick with a nice head; nice lace clings to the Boddington’s pint glass in which it lies. Instant rush of chocolate, slightly smoked malt, and alcohol (this is only 6%? Tastes stronger) in the first sip. Mmm, a luscious, full-flavored ale! Hops are an afterthought in the finish, with the chocolate and malt singing the loudest for the longest. A good, solid ale worth a revisit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hair-old (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2005
my wife likes chocolate/coffee malt beers so i saw this at the liquor store but wasnt keen on the $3.25 price for a .33/ltr bottle.chilled the bottle and poured a big shot for myself and a glass for my wife.tasty i thought as i turned to see my wife with a big smile.tasted more like baltic porter to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 17, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [11.2 oz bottle] Dark black pour with a very thin tan head. The smell is mainly coffee and chocolate. Definitely smells like a nice porter. The taste has a lot of coffee and chocolate malt flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste. For an old ale, I was surprised at how much it tasted like a porter. Very good beer. I’ll definitely be buying more of this in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sirjohn03 (39) - New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2005
I knew I wanted to try this beer since I saw its name about 1 year ago. I was finally able to get one recently and was not disappointed. It pours very dark with little off white head. It has a wonderful aroma of chocolate/coffee accents and a slightly bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 13, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown colour with floaties and no head. Spicy light roasted coffee aroma and a sweet dry thin light roasted taste. Medium body and a sweet dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2005
Pours almost black very dark. Looks like oil. Aroma is malt and toasted coffee. Flavor is roasted coffee. Very dark for a scottish brew. I loved it. The flavor remains from the first sip to the last. This is a fantastic brew that I would buy again in a minute!

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