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


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RATINGS: 1609   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.

Beerenberger's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beerenberger (1564) - Fischer, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2013 Aroma is sweet malt, roasted meat, and chocolate. Pours a dark brownish black with dark tan head and abundant lacing. Taste is lighlyt bitter - bitter chocolate and dark roasted malts. Full bodied with flat carbonation. Overall, dark and bitter. While good, probably something I would drink only occasionally.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlazerT (227) - POLAND - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle. Snifter. Pitch black with light brown, semi-densed head, good lacing and head retention. Roasted malts (chocolate) and nuts aroma, light ot medium aroma of dried fruits, light smokey. Low bitterness, little sout. Light to medium body, creamy texture, medium carbonation, finish is light bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gopherfan99 (881) - CROATIA - JUN 29, 2015
Bottle; (served slightly chilled with a side of bitter chocolate at Bier Proeflokaal In De Wildeman, Amsterdam); pours black with a small beige head; aroma is chocolate, coffee, molasses, and roasted malt; taste is bitter chocolate with coffee, roast malt, and hints of molasses; finish is bitter and was excellent with the chocolate served with the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mauroruellas (250) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - JUN 23, 2015
Preta,bem escura,viscosa,turva,formação de creme bege baixo mas duradouro,boa carbonatação com formação de bolhas pequenas,aroma delicioso de malte torrado e café,sabor apresentando malte,chocolate amargo e torrefação,bem balanceada om dulçor inicial e leve amargo no final,boa drinkability,ótimo conjunto,ótima Porter,,recomendo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Werckmeister (822) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUN 23, 2015
330ml bottle at home. BB 07/2016. Rating #777. black color. small coffee-colored head. smells smokey, light bacon, spices, milky. medium body, light carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. tastes smokey, coffee, malty roast, light bacon, some chocolate, milky, spices, dark bread. finishes with notes of coffee, smoke and malty roast. wow, great beer, love it. great taste for the low ABV. smell is just average but taste is very nice, nicely balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jyrsa (186) - - JUN 20, 2015
Pours dark brown with small brownish head. Nut, oats and chocolate. Chocolate and dried fruits. Typically british smooth mouth feel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GlasgowTAD (479) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2015
Pours a brownish black with not much head. Aroma is figs, smoke and roast malts. Taste is figs, slight water, slight malts, a touch of cardboard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6188) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle at craig’s. Pours black, nose is smoky, meaty, chocolate, little oxidised, taste is similar, sweet, berries, little thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChtiBreizh (126) - Rennes, FRANCE - JUN 15, 2015
Opaque black with small head. Aroma is roasty, fruity. Sour, roasted, with a bitter fiish. Average carbonation, medium body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tsjerno (30) - BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2015
Name’s not stolen, Black and oily palatte. Aroma: liquorice sweet, bit of chocolate (milk chocolate?) Taste: Very prickling liquorice sweetness, bit of roast malts. Ends with more sweetness and bitternes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nilsas (2260) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2015

Lukt: Bek, lakris, kaffe og sjokolade.
Utseende: Sort.
Skum/kullsyre: Tykt dekkende brunt skum, heng langs kant.
Smak: Frukter, kaffe, lakris og sjokolade.
Hvor: Kjøpt/Nydt@The great Beer Bar, Petaling Jaya.
Medium: Flaske@330ml, ABV@6%, Når@03.06.2015

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