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

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RATINGS: 1491   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, - JUL 5, 2008
Dark, virtually opaque black, with a creamy coffee coloured foam. Liqueur chocolate prominent in the aroma, with a touch of alcohol coming through .On tasting it starts quite mild, but it builds up soon after with a long lasting bitterness that carries on well into the aftertaste. Unfortunately the body is just a little too weak to hold up to all this, with the flavours unsupported. A worthy drop though.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mt_hall (116) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
Bottled. Clear brown/black when pouring; jet black in the glass with a very small, light brown head. Espresso, strong malt, molasses, and treacle of the nose. A treacle and honey start and a drier coffee finish. Lovely smooth mouthfeel and very well balanced. To me this is the perfect example of what a no-gimmicks stout porter should be.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (202) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle @ home. Aged 2 years. Beige medium sized creamy head and an almost back liquid. Sweet roasted chocolate aroma with notes of coffee,dark bread, caramel, red fruits , and a light vinous touch of plums. Bold and smooth & oily mouth feel. Roasted but not burnt taste initially of coffee, chocholate and earth. Finish is dry and chocolate bitter with notes of licorice, salt, dark fruits and subtle vanilla. Lingering bitterness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
s_hartshorne (1349) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle bier huis ossett. Black good tan head. Aroma is coffee choc roasted malts taste is same good smoke good bitter finish. Nice full body. V good

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AtronSeige (568) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - AUG 29, 2014
Aroma: Malt: Roasty, light caramel, cherries, . Light hops. Appearance: Very dark amber with red hues. Light-brown head. Long lasting. Lacing. Flavour: Medium-high roasty, medium-high bitterness. Medium sweetness, dry finish. Chocolate, cherries, lingering bitterness, light coffee. Mouthfeel: medium-full body, silky, medium carbonation, creamy. Overall: Complex and enjoyable. Highly recommended. 330 ml bottle, poured. 12B. Robust Porter

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
paologalloni (107) - ITALY - AUG 22, 2014
È la porte. Con scorrevolezza e intensit. Si sentono bene i malti in una birra dall ’ aspetto elegantissimo e da un corpo veramente lubrificante

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
defcon84 (10) - Valkenswaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2014
Very black beer with tan foam.. chocolate, coffee, roasty, .. medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, creamy/oily full body, bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PeatyPete (387) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2014
The label says: viscous, bittersweet, dark. After pouring, I can only agree with that. Dark color with cream-coloured head that also is creamy in structure. Aroma of roasted malt. Taste is full and the texture is oily.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lassemi (21) - NORWAY - AUG 6, 2014
Black body. Taste is dark with coffee and chocolate. Bitter after taste but still very drinkable. A new favorite for me!

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mibeersnob (46) - 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 (3662) - 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...


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