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

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RATINGS: 1533   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2003
This was not a bad beer. Very drinkable, dark as hell, and complex. I guess it's a scottish ale, but might be able to pass as a stout. Drink it.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 18, 2003
Found this at Viking Premium Beverages in Grandview, and couldn't resist the name. The brew has an excellent nose of toffee, alcohol, butterscotch, caramel, and roasted malt grains. Pours black with ruby highlights. The average light brown creamy head is fully lasting with very good lacing. The well balanced fruity flavor has almost no acidity and a long flowery roasted finish. The medium to full body is creamy and soft and finishes dry. Very similar in feel to Guinness.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2003
The name might create disapointment for Imperial stout lovers, as there are far more "engine oil" like beers around. Just remember its a Scottish ale. My bottle opened in silence but poured with mellow carbonation, a small, lacy tan head and a nice coffee color. I smelled herbal, grass aromas, segueing to cookies, malt, and toffee. Full mouthfeel, rich delicately sweet caramel, raisins, coffee, chocolate and a refined nutty flavor I love in UK ales. Lasting, lightly bitter finish, sweet, but crisp and not at all syrupy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11651) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Black black body with creamy mocha head. Aroma is roasty malty, slightly chocolate. Roasty malty taste. Pleasant roasty bitter aftertaste. Some sweet caramel maltiness sneaks in as the beer warms. A bit thin, but no real complaints. I'm shocked to see this is a Scottish -- I just assumed it was a porter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
A very interesting Scottish; malty with masterfully hidden 6%. I see not a trace...Wow! Dark malts show through so finely here.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
This beer poured a very dark ruby amber color and formed a bubbly light tan head that left some circular lace as it subsided. Some sediment present. An aroma of malt and molasses with a touch of caramel. A flavor of malt and caramel. A fairly light body for this style. A slightly astrigent finish

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3453) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2004 Guest cask at Bull & Bush, Denver: Very dark with a hint of burgundy; very frothy and lasting tan head. Big, woodsy, campfire flavors throughout. Smooth and creamy, naturally. Deep bitterness; burnt and roasty flavors. Has a building sourness. Chewy, without any cloyingness. Dry and bitter finish. Pretty enjoyable beer. Bottle, "aged in malt whiskey casks": Black, with a tan, lasting head and nice and sticky lace. Sweet whiskey notes in the nose. Soft and very lightly carbonated. Sweet and sour. Notes of agave, however strange that sounds. Woodsy/smoky, sweet, and a little fruity (lime?). Peculiar for sure, but not necessarily in a bad way.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2004 Very black with small tan head. Malty aroma. Not as 'creamy' as Guinness (but then it isn"t a stout). Not as 'smoky' as many porters. Some hint of chocolate. I wouldn't have guessed it was a Scottish ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2003
Chocolate, coffee, but somewhat thin flavor. Thick, black and oil-like appearance.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5000) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2003
This is very porter-like. Dark brown appearance with a roasty aroma. It has a very "mocha-chino" type flavor to it. The body is a bit thin and the finish is watery, but this is a decent beer. Worth a try, esp. if you like porters.


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