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


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RATINGS: 1612   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6470) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle at craig’s. Pours black, nose is smoky, meaty, chocolate, little oxidised, taste is similar, sweet, berries, little thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChtiBreizh (148) - Rennes, FRANCE - JUN 15, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2015 Opaque black with small head. Aroma is roasty, fruity. Sour, roasted, with a bitter finish. Average carbonation, medium body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tsjerno (30) - BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2015
Name’s not stolen, Black and oily palatte. Aroma: liquorice sweet, bit of chocolate (milk chocolate?) Taste: Very prickling liquorice sweetness, bit of roast malts. Ends with more sweetness and bitternes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nilsas (2302) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2015

Lukt: Bek, lakris, kaffe og sjokolade.
Utseende: Sort.
Skum/kullsyre: Tykt dekkende brunt skum, heng langs kant.
Smak: Frukter, kaffe, lakris og sjokolade.
Hvor: Kjøpt/Nydt@The great Beer Bar, Petaling Jaya.
Medium: Flaske@330ml, ABV@6%, Når@03.06.2015

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alex_leit (497) - Minsk, BELARUS - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown. Aroma: coffee, chocolate, porto. Similar taste even better with wine or brandy, well balanced, great beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DIBBLE (102) - Worthing, West Sussex, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2015
330ml bottle from Tesco Durrington. 8 months past BBE date of SEP 2014 on day of purchase!!! Dense roasted malty aroma. Very dark reddish tinged beer with brief tan head. Mild lacing. Thick smooth mouthfeel. Coffee like bitterness. Mild chocolate sweetness in the dark roast malt finish. Bit disappointed with Tesco and uncertain whether the beer is inferior for its maturity having not tried it before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hohops (514) - Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2015
Appearance is black and completely opaque, a small beige head which quickly diminishes, leaving a foamy bubbly covering. Aroma- milk chocolate, tobacco, toffee and caramel, coffee, fudge, coffee. Taste- bitter coffee, dark chocolate, oat biscuit, caramel, biscuity malt, hint of smoke, lasting bitter finish. Fairly clingy mouthfeel. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
overtheline (82) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2015
330ml bottle which pours black with a deep red hue when held to light. Creamy tan head which is nicely resilient. Nose is roasted oats, bitter chocolate and a hint of coffee. Full bodied, great mouth feel, sweet and malty with velvety chocolate and vanilla giving way to bitter coffee. Really nice, long creamy, slightly bitter finish. Would buy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hugi (463) - Waldkirch, GERMANY - MAY 15, 2015
Black, opaque with a minimal head. Aroma of dark malt, caramel, biscuit, hazelnut and nutmeg. Roasty, bitter some yeasty notes. Full body, but quite thin finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubelknv3 (1049) - Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Black, tan head, nice lacing, and thin retention. Chocolate and roast aroma. Full bodied, roasted malt, chocolate sweet, and mild hop bitter notes. Great balance, nice dry notes, medium bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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