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

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RATINGS: 1588   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DroolYeast (411) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle @ John bull. Aroma of black roasted malt. Black with small tan head, tiny lasting. Moderate sweetness, some metal, malt bitterness. Medium body, soapy texture, average carbonation, sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cj_a (18) - LUXEMBOURG - MAR 29, 2015
Dark brown bit cloudy colour. Small chocolat coloured foam. Smells of coffee and chocolate and tastes of it as well. Soft on the tongue with a medium body. Finish is medium.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (951) - - MAR 28, 2015
Pours a dark brown. Aroma and taste are initially sweet with a bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1394) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
25.9.2014. Aroma of sweetish coffee and chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits. Apparently, rather oily texture, medium to full bodied, slightly burnt malts, still some coffee and chocolate. Finish is bitter. Well in balance. Somehow complex but still straightforward.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pedrens (141) - SPAIN - MAR 23, 2015
Botella 33 cl. Color marrón rojizo muy oscuro. Espuma beige claro media formación y persistencia media. Aromas a chocolate, malta, avena, cafe, algo herbal. En boca buen cuerpo textura cremosa carbonatacion baja, pegajosa... chocolate, avena, ciruelas pasas... café y lúpulos mas al final, mas amargo. Muy equilibrada.. Porter con mayúsculas.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1328) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAR 22, 2015
On tap at BBF. Black colour with tan head. Roasted, malt aroma. Sweet, roasted, chocolate and malt taste. Medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nicolas_M (78) - BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2015
Porter beer is usually not my "style", bit this one is more than acceptable. The taste of coffee is there, and the chocolate can be distinguished (well, after reading the label). This beer could be recognized as a light stout beer. Worth the try.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bozo_skeleton (675) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAR 14, 2015
On tap @BBF2015 Noire c’est noire ! Petit collet, portée sur le café et le chocolat amer au niveau arômes. Buen ronde en bouche avec une finale amère.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RafeAU (308) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2015
Big in the chocolate, a little roasty, bitter, no sweetness. thick mouthfeel. A nice porter-stout. somewhere in between?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nordic (135) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle @ Koht, Tallinn. Black color, small head. Like stout. Rather complex taste: flavors of nut, spice, so e chocolate and coffee. Smoked. Long aftertaste. Good, but not great.


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