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


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RATINGS: 1589   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beerenberger (1561) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smroush (107) - Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Roasted coffee and chocolate aromas; fair amount of bitterness that merges with the coffee flavors. Very dark brown, almost black. Small light brown head. Taste dominated by coffee bitterness; mild to moderate sweetness present as well. Fairly full bodied; texture is a bit oily with average carbonation; a long bitter sweet finish. Overall a quite good beer; I like the balance between the malt and hops with both quite prominent. Fairly complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerAndPonies (109) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 2, 2015
330 ml bottle from Sobeys Liquor, served in a nonic pint glass. Pours like its namesake, looks the part, too, except that motor oil doesn’t have a head of light mocha that’s bubbly, pearly, maintains like a mofo, and leaves all manner of lace islands. Roasted barley and oats abound on the nose, with espresso, cocoa, nuts, savory soy, buttered cinnamon toast, and hints of black liquorice. Flavor is all kinds of toasty, roasty, and caramelized - bittersweet chocolate, French roast coffee with cream, hazelnuts and peanuts, and oat-and-wheat malted cereal with brown sugar and cinnamon. Rich, chewy body and a lovely aftertaste and gentle warmth with just the right staying power. Pour this into your engine and you’ll purr like a Jaguar all day. A truly delicious old ale that out-stouts stouts. More, please!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gowdy (837) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - APR 30, 2015
Bottle at home courtesy of Kirsty. Very dark. A little head. A touch of licorice. Smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zaf (266) - ITALY - APR 30, 2015
porter versione base..scura,testa marroncina a grana grossolana persistente..aroma in stile non eccessivo..gusto legnoso,lievemente di liquirizia e caffè..corpo medio e bevuta molto facile..porter da competizione!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pumpkin87 (85) - - APR 13, 2015
Pours black as used engine oil with mocha head that leaves a bit of lacing. Nose delivers the "roasty" malt notes. Mouth follows with the "viscous," a smooth, creamy body. At first, the "chocolatey" took a back seat. There was some slight bitterness, but it was difficult to discern whether that was cocoa or hops. Still, after letting it open up for a few minutes, the next thing I noticed was the empty bottle. It goes down easy, with a touch of caramel. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
davestanleylfc (4) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2015 does not count
This beer pours out a beautiful dark black, it has a nice contrasting flavour with the smooth chocolate stout quality balanced with a bitter dark hoppy flavour, an excellent little beer, it looks incredible a real thick black colour with malty brown hints

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bodega95 (85) - - APR 12, 2015
Bottle. Nice black ale. Dark black with beige head. Rosated malts, chocolate, nice bittenrness and very balanced. Nice sorprise! I’ll repeat this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sjohnh (368) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2015
Very dark brown with a cappuccino head and frothy lacing. Medium creamy body. Roasted malt and dark chocolate on the nose - same plus coffee in the taste. Some caramel sweetness to offset the bitterness, and some red fruit. Nicely balanced, very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MayumiH (303) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
Bottle at home. Dark malts, cherry, vanilla, strong coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Smooth and rich finish. Very enjoyable.,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
leosanches (33) - - APR 3, 2015
Uma stout clássica, com aroma profundo de café e chocolate, já chamando atenção para o malte torrado que está por vir. A aparência é clássica, totalmente preta, brilhante, porém com muito pouco espuma. O sabor é forte, com o café, chocolate amargo e caramelo se destacando. O malte torrado também se pronuncia com força e o sabor se aproxima às cervejas Rauchen. O corpo é médio e o pálato é excelente; cerveja aveludada e envolvente, que preenche a boca como um todo com seu sabor envolvente. A derinkability é boa apesar do amargor forte e do álcool presente. O aftertaste é seco e segura o sabor de café. Boa para o inverno e para beber enquanto se come carnes. É pouco equilibrada devido ao amargor e café pronunciados.

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