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


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RATINGS: 1661   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Deep dark opaque. Fluffy off tan head that lingers and then selfdestructs. Nose is incredibly smoky. Buttered ham, vanilla, oak and bourbon prevail., slightly syrupy. The palate is incredible. Sticky and cloying, thick like motor oil honestly. Flavors are tangy, sublte notes of roastiness are subdued by the fruity qualities of the yeast and the smoky malt. I now think I understand the difference between a porter or stout and one of these scottish ales. Very good showing. G-rat

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2004
Very dark, brown. Tan 2cm head recedes to a lasting cover. Rich malty aroma with interesting notes of tar, licorice, vegetal oil, chocolate and tobacco. It indeed has quite a distinctive cigar suggestion in the petiness. Earthy licorice, soy sauce. Pretty good if those are your kind of flavors. Very dry from the beginning until the end too. Light tartness doesn’t disturb too much. Medium body, low carbonation. More smoke or meatiness and this was a killer. The name is actually a nice fit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2004
Bottled, Stockholm Beer Festival. Black, lightbrown head. Big aroma from cocoa and hops. Tarry in flavour with notes of chocolate. Oily palate feel. Long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Now this is just sick it’s sooo good! I’ll drink this for breakfast, it’s like chocolate milk and Coco Puffs at the same time!
Pours a dark crimson, almost opaque body and a foamy tan colored head! The aroma is just a repulsively delicious good time! It’s like Rebecca Romijn covered in milk chocolate, ripe figs, brown sugar, molasses, plums, raisins, pears, coffee beans…. and ME! Very Tasty! Dense chewy somewhat smoky body… Rebecca Romijn also has a smoking body…. It would be a hard toss up between the a case of Old Engine Oil beer and Rebecca Romijn…… on second thought, No it wouldn’t!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (15831) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2004
Black with a small head. Malty aroma with chocolate, vanilla and toffee. Great mild malty flavor, milky with vanilla notes and some toffee. Mild and somewhat bitter finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Bottle. Poured a nice deep brown/black. Tannish head. Aroma is malty, some chocolate. Mouthfeel is full, silky. Tastes highly of chocolate malt. Nice hop balance. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2483) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Nice dark brown head. Creamy on top. Settles nicely with decent lacing. Rich, malty aroma with roasted grains, bit of coffee and a hint of wet oak. Color is a dark brownish black with a hint of red. Thick and creamy in the mouth. Tons of malts, roasted grains, coffee and dark chocolate. Bit grainy on the palate. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. Leaves a nice roasted flavor in the mouth. A decent scottish ale but is almost boardering on a stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2004
Bottle. Black colour with nice head. Chocolate cake flavor! Very nice bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1749) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Veey black, with slight roasted malt and coffee aromas. Taste is very similar to the smell. Also, it’s very smooth, but not to adventerous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 From the bottle at Yeoman’s Road Pub in Tampa. Dark as the inside of sealed box in a deep cave........at midnight. Toasty and roasty flavored with slight chocalte coffe undertones. No bitterness at all. Very mellow almost porter-like for an ale. I loved it.

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