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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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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.


gregwilsonstl's rating

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (1168) - Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Looks like old engine oil. Smells like burnt grains. Chocolate, roasty. No real head. Surprised it isn’t higher alcohol.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hman43 (433) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2015
It pours black with a dark brown head. There is the heavy aroma of chocolate with some coffee and roasted elements. It has the taste of coffee and chocolate with roasted flavors. It has a moderately bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LesArgen (234) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2015
A lovely aroma of coffee, liquorice, chocolate and some citrus arises from the glass. It’s got roasted coffee and citrus in the mouth, but there’s a slightly burnt aftertaste which ruins the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
King_Alex_II (169) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 19, 2015
Dark color. Roasted malts smoke and hints of bacon in the smell. The taste is watery stout-like. Some sweetness, thin and fine carbonation. Again smoke in the taste.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SinH4 (344) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 19, 2015
Black color with small beige head. Has a hint of dirty brewery in the aroma. Then roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Taste is sweet and different, something fruity, maybe vegetables as well. Fresh. Gone rather quickly, with a hint of lingering bitterness. Super-fine creamy carbonation. A very weird, but interesting brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OllieBBommel (1150) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2015
Bottle@home Appearance: clear ruby brown with beige head. Aroma: hops, roasted malt and chocolate. Taste: dark chocolate, medium bitter. Palate: smooth, lasting bitter, light carbonation. Overall: very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Serapac (163) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle from Malting Pot. Black, small disappearing beige head. Little lacing, low carbonation. Aroma chocolate, nuts, roast malt. Full body, smooth. Taste chocolate, raisins in alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkoNm (913) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JAN 14, 2015
Pours a deep black color (exactly like engine oil) topped with a fine dark beige cream head. Roasted aroma, complemented by notes oc chocolate and coffee as well, pretty easy to pick up. Taste starts sweet, slightly, with some chocolate, followed by quite roasty body and fair bitterness in the finish. Ome coffee notes in the aftertaste. Creamy and very filling. But tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Florya (391) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: pitch black, minimal head Aroma: coffee, chocolate, dark bread, roast. Palate: medium to full body, sticky texture, low carbonation.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leghorn99 (50) - Livorno, ITALY - JAN 11, 2015
Il colore è nero, schiuma scarsa e poco persistente. Al naso, malto tostato, caffè, cioocolato nero e odore di affumicato. In bocca tornano sapori tostati, malto, liquirizia, cioccolato fondente, caffè. Ancora affumicato e un amaro persistente per un bel bilanciamento finale. Il corpo è medio-pieno, carbonazione media.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sdmmb (1047) - USA - JAN 11, 2015
Drunk from 33cl bottle bottle bought from Malting Pot, Brussels. Dark, rich and sweet porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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