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


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RATINGS: 1701   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerowl80 (181) - - JUN 19, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma of chocolate, roast malts and coffee. Nice rich taste with chocolate and a roasty bitterness. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainTilven (154) - Nancy, FRANCE - JUN 14, 2016
Dégustée entre 13,7°C et 18,2°C. Corps noir dense couronné d’une mousse couleur cappuccino à bulles variées, serrée, très jolie, qui fond rapidement. Arômes de bonbons "licorice", café, vanille, bois brûlé; notes métalliques, iodées, fumées. Saveurs de café intense crémeux, de "licorice"; amertume profonde, longue et acérée; gourmandise fine, vive et discrète. La complexité et la rondeur augmentent avec la température; amertume finale de cacao ultra amer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (2218) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2016
330 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. The pour is a light black color wth a pretty good amount of ruby color shining through. The aroma is pretty interesting. There is a strong maltiness with it. Lots of chocolate and bit of chocolate. I like the strong roastiness, but the one thing I can’t get around is a strong lactose sweetness. It’s milky and carries a nice chocolate roastiness. This one should be interesting for sure. The flavor is sweet up front with a strong roastiness. The bitterness is pretty dominating. There is w light chocolate and coffee, but this one is pretty one dimensional. The mouth feel is thin and watery with a softer carbonation and a lingeringly bitter roasty malt. It’s interesting, but not great

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ebone1988 (1259) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20, for the book. Aroma is bready, chocolate, milk, malt, sweet, pretty good. Appearance is dark dark brown, light tan head, poured thin but thicker than expected. Taste is roasty as fuck, bitter, some chocolate, lactose, dominated by roast. Mouthfeel is ridiculously thin, watery, light carbonation, bitter roast aftertaste. Overall, this smells better than it tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RW80 (1907) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2016
330ml Bottle. Appearance: Black with a bubbly, light tanned head Aroma: dark and roasty with chocolate, coffee, liquorice, medicinal tones., smoke (?)Taste: Rich dark tones, chocolate, char, cofeee, cream, toffee, Bittersweet. Above average body, gentle carbonation. Stoutish without being a stout in a great way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artemb (600) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - MAY 30, 2016
Look: black, opaque, strong crey head. Aroma: rich malty, roasted, light mature cheese notes, burned robusta. Taste: dry with prominent burned bitterness. Flavour: rich roasted, complex Maillard products, mature cheese, umami. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cervmagpt (641) - PORTUGAL - MAY 24, 2016
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 13C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch A5198 05:37. AROMA: complex aroma with medium-high roasted grains, resembling dark chocolate and coffee. medium esteres with notes of red fruits. APPEARANCE: very dark brown color and clear with ruby highlights. medium light tanned head with medium retention. TASTE: initial moderate chocolate-sweet flavor that evolves into a bitter coffee finish. medium bitterness with a rosted (coffee) and bitter-dry finish. PALATE: medium body with a slight velvety texture. moderate carbonation. no roasted grains astringency. OVERALL: a very good and complex porter-like black ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
janubio (659) - SPAIN - MAY 17, 2016
Pours a black colour, with an off white Medium head that lasts for a while. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, burnt sugar and red fruits. Medium to full body. Taste coffee, sherry wine, chocolate and red fruits.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
17Beer (195) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 16, 2016
Aromas of malt bread and toffee. Pours a dark opaque black brown with a tight brown head. and good lacing. Sweet malty flavors with a sour licorice and leather finish. A dry palate with mild carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4885) - 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

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