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


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RATINGS: 1692   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4834) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 13, 2016
Dark brown color. Lots of umami, molasses, dark fruit, molasses, fairly enticing nose. Thinish body, dry, very light for 8%, Molasses, licorice, dark chocolates, dark fruit. Fairly complex if not a bit unbalanced. Low carbonation. Lingering molasses in the finish. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Japalo (1723) - DENMARK - MAY 7, 2016
Bottle@rypevej with Erik. Small head Black. Toasted coffee caramel. Sweet dry. Intense malty roasted flavours. Smooth oily mouthfeel. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Luvystypotables (1500) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2016
A roasted chocolate nose with a hint of malt. Pours a clear dark brown color with a lasting tan well laced head. A great taste of chocolate with a hint of roasted malt. A viscous oily feel with a great smoky malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Simonsen (1055) - NORWAY - APR 29, 2016
Flaske. Svart, litt oljeaktig konsistens. Noe skum som forsvinner. Noe karbonert. Smaket kaffe, røstet malt, lakris og sjokolade. En meget fin øl som har ganske tykk,nesten Kremet konsistens samtidig som den er veldig lettdrikkelig

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3354) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2016
Bottle from Waitrose, black colour with a ran head. Aroma coffee fruity chocolate with a roasted bitterness. Taste roasted bitter. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HuskerTan (1507) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - APR 9, 2016
Bottle. A- Dark chocolate, iron, roasty. A- Black color, dark liquid, beige head. T- Dark chocolate, bittersweet, dry, roasty, malty. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, malty finish. O- Not sure what makes a beer an old ale on here but this is certainly somewhere between a porter or stout for me. Not superbly exciting, but a decent enough brew. Nothing really stood out in it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AnG_BrgNor (408) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 3, 2016
Bottle. Black with nice head. Aroma is roasted with dark chocolate and woods. Taste is chocolate and roasted. Nice body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lore (1981) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 2, 2016
dark brown colour, medium sized, dense beige head, which disappears quickly; aroma of chocolate, some herbal liqueur notes, maybe earth; taste is also dominated by dark chocolate with some herbal notes and hints of peat and wood; for me, it is more like a porter than an old ale - not an extraordinary, but a really enjoyable one

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pog (4) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 28, 2016 does not count
Aroma: chocolate and toasted coffee, roasty. Brown-black colour. White and abundant head, but it disappears quickly. Fine perlage. Pretty bitter but very well balanced with a chocolate hint. Medium to full bodied with lively carbonation. Long and pleasant finish. A very balanced beer, for people who like bitter beers with a medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2016
330ml Bottle from The Library, Durham (£4.75) Black with a bubbly, light tan head that needs fast pouring to come to life. The aroma is dark and roasty with chocolate as well as an unusual medicinal note. Deep, dark chocolate and charred malt flavours intrigue and entice while it maintains a crisp bitterness to keep it quaffable, all subtlely balanced with creamy toffee tones. Thick and robust yet full of subtle character and enjoyably drinkable.

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