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

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RATINGS: 1492   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DomD (55) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
$3.38 for a 330ml bottle at Premier (Halifax, NS, Can). A nice coffee mixed with dark chocolate aroma. Pours black. Medium bitter taste that goes down easy. A full body and slick texture with average carbonation. Overall an excellent porter style brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aletcm (122) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - JUN 6, 2014
Preta com espuma café-com-leite de boa formação e persistência. Aroma torrado, de café e no fundo chocolate amargo. No sabor, café em primeiro plano, seguida de um amargor destorroávamos, com final escove amargo com media persistência. Muito boa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPAgutten79 (514) - Skui, NORWAY - JUN 6, 2014
Svart i utseendet, lite skum. Fristende aroma av kaffe, sjokolade, røyk, mørk malt, lær,og noe humle. Smaken er også god, her er kaffe, ganske mye til en porter å være. Jeg finner også sjokolade og lakris. Røykpreget fra aromaen er også i smaken. Bitter og fin ettersmak. Medium konsistens. Flott brygg!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
llcooldave (1081) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Pours black in the glass. Simply gorgeous aroma and flavor of dark roasted coffee and a hint of cocoa. Overall, what a wonderful beer! I’m buying more...

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sturdywrists (9) - - JUN 1, 2014 does not count
Hey porter you’re all right with me, black brown smooth coat OG, will never say nah chocolate brew, rev my engine LOL!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6208) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle. Super dark pour with a beige head. Aroma is licorice and roasted malts. Roasty taste. Full palate. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybion (66) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle, 330 ml. Pours an extremely dark ruby (practically opaque) with a small amount of tan head. The head doesn’t stick around very long and leaves a nice amount of thick lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, dark chocolate and a little bit of smoke and something metallic. Taste of roasted malts, salted caramel, chocolate which seems to be dark initially but transitions to milk on the finish, liquorice and maybe a little bit of vanilla hiding in there. Initial hit is fairly bitter and smoky wheras the finish is quite sweet, containing most of the chocolate, caramel and vanilla notes. Body is medium to full and the texture isn’t too sharp thanks to low carbonation, making this one kind on the back of the throat and the tounge. Pretty nice overall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hidden_Pooch (304) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle. This beer has it all. From its cool label and name to its taste. Taste of dark fruits and roasted coffee. Has a medium slick mouth feel to it. I enjoyed this one in a hot tub, and would be happy to do so again, even without the hot tub.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cernjoh (124) - Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Aroma is some dark fruits and smoke. Appearance is black like old engine oil with a 1/4 finger tan head that dissipates quickly. Taste is chocolate with a hoppy finish. Palate is excellent. Overall very good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1429) - - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle. Black with a 1 finger tan head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. Taste follows suit but the roast character in the finish is incredible. Medium mouthfeel with strong carb and a long finish. Really simple but really delicious.


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