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

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RATINGS: 1512   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.


4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mibeersnob (50) - Howell, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Sweet, malty aroma. Not much more because of thin head. Black as night, head is tan and thin. Toasty, coffee notes. Chocolate comes through, but is light. A rather medium body beer. Overall, a good beer to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (3698) - Everett, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at an Ola Dubh "vertical’ bottle share. 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. Great base beer for aging...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sharkydodson (250) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - AUG 2, 2014
the aroma of caramel, chocolate and toast... the taste is caramel and chocolate with notes of coffee, dark fruits, licorice and toast... some shades of wood... slight hoppy bitterness... sweet and bitter aftertaste...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aleksander9 (476) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2014
-beer house, johannesburg- black with yellow head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and metal. Very fruity and slick palate. Aftertaste is coffee, sweet caramel, some noble hops and lingering sweet roasted malt finish. Overall: what a beer! Considering the low abv, it sure is a well made one. Delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sublirony (18) - SINGAPORE - JUL 28, 2014
Smells like a bitter with some roasted malt. Lovely black color. Good full, balanced taste with a bit of coffee; not very complex but rather decent. One of the better porters I’ve tried though palate feels a bit thin. All in all quite nice.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pkmd1 (23) - - JUL 27, 2014
Nice dark black with thin head. Has a full feel with smoky taste and smooth flavor with bitter finish. Hops are not overwhelming but noticeable and has a nice chocolate molasses smell and flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smmaaren (229) - NORWAY - JUL 26, 2014
33 cl bottle. Pours almost pitch black with a small beige head. Aromas of roasted coffee. Taste is bittersweet. Nice one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (774) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2014
pours inky black with a thin beige head. rich chocolate, coffee and nutmeg aroma. taste has note of hops, molasses, bitter chocolate and nuts. finish is bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rewo (32) - Katowice, POLAND - JUL 23, 2014
Full black body with tan minimal and puncturing head, oily, smooth - the mouthfeel is great. Stron aroma of roasted malt, oak, coffee, darko chocolate and raisins. Taste is complex, full of dry roast and coffee, followed by chocolate sweetness and plums, then comes back to being dry in the coffee-ash aftertaste. A great english porter, gotta get some stronger and BA ones from Harviestoun.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gaultier (397) - SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2014
@ Nedre Mölla 19/7-14. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma: Chocolate, malt, notes of raisins. Taste: Chocolate, notes of licorice, sweetness. Body is medium to light full, the finish is dry, medium bitter and sweet with taste of chocolate.


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