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


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RATINGS: 1548   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ramstein2611 (27) - Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Pours a nice dark brown with minimal head. Taste has a nice roasted malt with a clean finish. Overall not too bad ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (895) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle. Black with small beige head. Licorice, coffee, roasted eggplant, black currant, roasted grains. Light sweet with deep roasted bitter taste. Medium to full bodied. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (1229) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2014
33cl bottle at home. Dark brown with a full tan soapy head. Medium body with low carbonation. Nice sweetness with a bitter finish. Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, spices and herbs. A decent dark brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabuzzer (127) - - DEC 29, 2014
Pours very black with creamy white head. Bitter chocolate, liquorice and coffee dominate. Creamy, viscous mouth feel. Lovely

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatthijsE (879) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle @ home. Pours a very dark brown color. Nose is slightly earthy and very roasty. Taste has some slight chocolate elements to it, and is also slightly earthy. Very smooth and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bastarda (129) - Freiburg, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2014
shared with Bierle, bartlebier, Oldmanriver. Invinting nose of malt, vanilla, honey, and freshly roasted hazelnuts, wonderful mouthfeel with tastes of rumraisins, vanilla and hazelnuts again, shining fresh and bright, being undisturbed by any of their lame artificial copies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (2508) - Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle: Jet black, inky pour. Not much head, thin khaki collar outlining the top. Pretty standard "stout" like aroma. Deep. Notes of roast, bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, slightly sweet dark malts, & a touch of anise. Flavor is quite roasty. Bigger elements of ash, charcoal, & burnt malt. Bitter, but not excessively so. Only a mild malt sweetness for balance. Light hints of chocolate, coffee, anise, & smoke with a lingering roasted bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuideDogSaint (513) - Xiamen, CHINA - DEC 17, 2014
330ml bottle from BePLUS, Xiamen. Pours black with a thin off white head. Aroma of chocolate with a hint of smokiness. Dry bitter finish. Maybe a little thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dermi (669) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2014
33 cl, bottled. Pours black with a nice tanned head. Aroma: Roasted malt, smoke (strong). Taste: Medium+ sweet, mild bitterness. Roasted malts, light vanilla-like flavours. Palate: Medium body, quite smooth texture. Good. Aroma -1, 17.12.2014. (Before: 7-4-6-4-15, 4.6.2011)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (2584) - BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2014
Scottish porter but indeed, as indicated above, closer to an English old ale. Sticky, beige, thin, dense and relatively stable head, colour very dark chestnut brown, bordering on black. Malty and smoky aroma of cured meat, smoked bacon, charcoal, dried plums, coffee powder, bitter chocolate, thyme, liquorice, iron but not disturbingly so, bayleaf, candi sugar and dried leaves. Subdued fruity onset, dried fruits, dryish with a subtle sweet touch, iron hint, liquorice with a certain amount of subtle saltiness, oily and smooth mouthfeel, caramelly and nutty malts, smokiness comes up again in the end with some leafy hop bitterness, medium long and dry. Very malty beer and a classic in that it forms the starting point of the famed Ola Dubh series.

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