Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Porter
Alva, Central, Scotland


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RATINGS: 1718   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2006 Bottle. Pours like a quart of motor oil and has a thick, mocha colored head with sticky lacing. Aroma has hints of licorice, raisins, and molasses, very earthy. Flavor has the same qualities with a little bit of chocolate in the back end. Has some smoked, roasty notes in there as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40876) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2008
Århus2008. 33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown to black wth a redish glare and a lacing light tan head. Mild chocolate, malty and liqourice aroma. Flavour is roasted malt and liqourice with a light acidic touch. Ends with a liqourice and roasted flavour. Nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34715) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2004
A black beer with a fine oil brown head. The aroma is sweet and roasted. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted bread. A lovely beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (26223) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2006
Bottle. Black coloured with a small beige head. Light roasted aroma with notes of fruits. Roasted flavour with notes of fruits and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (25477) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2005
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 Bottled. Black couloured with minor brown head. Chocolate and fruits with hints of vanilla in the aroma. Very smooth taste, mainly of malt and smoke, but also hints of coffee in the aftertaste. (8 4 8 4 16)

Casked. Ruby red/black colour with small brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and strange sweetness. The sweetness also dominates the flavour and makes the otherwise so good beer rather unbalanced. I prefer the bottled version of this by far. (6 3 5 2 10)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2006
(Bottle 33 cl) Almost pitch black with only a vague, reddish hue. Very small - almost absent - beige head. Close to being flat. Aroma of roasted malt, complex almost vinous with a raisiny touch. Lovely, dark lightly burned malty notes. Not too full-bodied with roasted malt, alcohol and licorice. Discreet, dry bitterness. Quite lovely. 020106

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (23735) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2003
Bottled. Dark black, no head. Aroma of dark chocolate. Roasty and very malty with notes of licorice that lingers on into the grassy finish. Another good beer from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23407) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2006
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a tan head. Roastd malty aroma with some hints of raisins. Roasted malty flavor with hints of coffee and chocolate. Malty chocolate aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22572) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2011
25th November 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Very dark beer. Deliciously savoury malt that is not complex, sweet or bitter just pleasantly savoury!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21902) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 25, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2015 Bottle at home ... Rate Beer, Beer of the Day, Christmas Day 2007 ... Deep Solid Black with thin tight off white Head ... Lots of coffee and roast malts plus a little sptirit on nose ... Tad cold as i fetched out of storage as it was beer of the Day ... smooth and creamy ... Lots of chocolate little blackcurrent...

Heres to you all at Rate Beer this Christmas moring.

Bottle at home. Deep deep black,rich chocolate, deep roast malt little blackcurrent, little hop resin lot of chocolate. Cask Edinburgh bbeer fest 07 Deep black ... smokey nose ... rich smokey deep sweet roast ... lots fo coffee ... lots of chocolate ... smooth also 3.7 Bottle at home June 2015 bbf Mar 2009 ... deep brown .. thin tan lacing ... soft toffee woody ..light blackcurrant nose ... thin roast ... soft soya ... light cardboard fruit ... long blackcurrant3.5

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