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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 8, 2004
Black w/ tan head. Malty, sweet aroma w/ celery notes. Flavor is sweet, with hints of chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Dark colour, no head. Aroma is dark chocolate and anise. Flavour is same with a strong bitter finish and a dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3796) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2004
On tap at Buckeye. Dark beer with red highlights when held up to the light. Creamy tan head that lasted. Light cocoa in the nose. Some chocolate and faint ash, with a sweet cocoa finish. The end showed a quick shot of hop bitterness and finished dry. Quaffable and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2004
Bottled. Black with a thin white head. Looks, smells and tastes all the world like stout, perhaps with over zealous helpings of chocolate and remnants of hopping making it stand out. Good bitter finish with traces of hops as I mentioned. Whilst the length of the flavour on the palate is decent the overall feel is quite harsh. Not as good as the Special Reserve version which I had with it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2004
Chocolate is dominate in the nose and in the palate. Nice rich jet black body, with chocolate head. Almost porter like in quality! Very fine scottish ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (986) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2004
This beer had the loveliest head on any that I have poured so far. It was brown, thick, and lively with bubbles ranging from very minute to absolutely gigantic. The head was also very chewy with a taste reminiscent of bitter dark chocolate. The body was dense, mahogany brown with red highlights when held up against the light. The aroma was a mix of coffee, chocolate, wood smoke and resin. It was so good; I just smelled it for a while. The taste was wonderfully complex yet fully blended. I could detect raisin skins, licorice, butterscotch, and of course mocha. Velvetty smooth and rich, and oily (as expected) in mouthfeel. A very satisfying and fulfilling beer that is highly recommended.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Quite dark and Stout-like in much of it's character. Slightly burnt cocoa with dark fruit, hops in the finish is balanced well with a bit of smokiness. Overall a pretty good creation but not outstanding.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Almost black and as much as I tried, could not get much of a head on this. Sour plum taste followed with deep chocolate. Litte hop flavor and not enough coffee to balance. What’s with the plums taste?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Bottled. Not quite pitch-black, though quite dark and very close to opaque, with a medium light tan head that diminishes quickly to a lasting foamy wisp. Very sweet, creme brulee nose, hints of hazelnuts and vanilla peeking through. Chocolaty, thick almost to syrupiness, but with a nice old tobaccoish smokiness towards the end and just a hint of hops to keep it from getting out-of-hand sweet. Could be fuller at the finish, but quite good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holdwine (1135) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2004
On draft. Looks like its namesake, pitch black under a creamy head. Wonderful aroma of the hops sneaking out from under the heavy malting. Dark chocolate flavor lingers, but my glass was a little watery.

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