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

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RATINGS: 1692   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


Bulk_Carrier's rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bulk_Carrier (3470) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Into my nonic, it pours just like as its name says leaving the same color body. A gentle foamy one inch tan/off-white head appears and settles into the top of the body leaving some small paper thin hills on top. The smell is roasty and bold with nice chocolate and coffee notes. The taste is the same yet offering a bit of a woodiness in it as well. The palate is about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, and fairly drinkable. Overall, this is a pretty good beer for its style and one that I would come back to.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9526) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2016
On tap at Draught. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Roast on the nose, cocoa, chocolate. Medium bodied, soft cocoa, roast, chocolate, a good bit of coffee grinds, roast. Slow long bitterness, roast and cocoa. Lingering cocoa bitterness. Slow chocolate and gentle bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerowl80 (154) - - JUN 19, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma of chocolate, roast malts and coffee. Nice rich taste with chocolate and a roasty bitterness. Lovely stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainTilven (146) - Nancy, FRANCE - JUN 14, 2016
Dégustée entre 13,7°C et 18,2°C. Corps noir dense couronné d’une mousse couleur cappuccino à bulles variées, serrée, très jolie, qui fond rapidement. Arômes de bonbons "licorice", café, vanille, bois brûlé; notes métalliques, iodées, fumées. Saveurs de café intense crémeux, de "licorice"; amertume profonde, longue et acérée; gourmandise fine, vive et discrète. La complexité et la rondeur augmentent avec la température; amertume finale de cacao ultra amer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (2115) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2016
330 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. The pour is a light black color wth a pretty good amount of ruby color shining through. The aroma is pretty interesting. There is a strong maltiness with it. Lots of chocolate and bit of chocolate. I like the strong roastiness, but the one thing I can’t get around is a strong lactose sweetness. It’s milky and carries a nice chocolate roastiness. This one should be interesting for sure. The flavor is sweet up front with a strong roastiness. The bitterness is pretty dominating. There is w light chocolate and coffee, but this one is pretty one dimensional. The mouth feel is thin and watery with a softer carbonation and a lingeringly bitter roasty malt. It’s interesting, but not great

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ebone1988 (1183) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20, for the book. Aroma is bready, chocolate, milk, malt, sweet, pretty good. Appearance is dark dark brown, light tan head, poured thin but thicker than expected. Taste is roasty as fuck, bitter, some chocolate, lactose, dominated by roast. Mouthfeel is ridiculously thin, watery, light carbonation, bitter roast aftertaste. Overall, this smells better than it tastes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RW80 (1860) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2016
330ml Bottle. Appearance: Black with a bubbly, light tanned head Aroma: dark and roasty with chocolate, coffee, liquorice, medicinal tones., smoke (?)Taste: Rich dark tones, chocolate, char, cofeee, cream, toffee, Bittersweet. Above average body, gentle carbonation. Stoutish without being a stout in a great way.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artemb (524) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - MAY 30, 2016
Look: black, opaque, strong crey head. Aroma: rich malty, roasted, light mature cheese notes, burned robusta. Taste: dry with prominent burned bitterness. Flavour: rich roasted, complex Maillard products, mature cheese, umami. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cervmagpt (623) - PORTUGAL - MAY 24, 2016
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 13C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch A5198 05:37. AROMA: complex aroma with medium-high roasted grains, resembling dark chocolate and coffee. medium esteres with notes of red fruits. APPEARANCE: very dark brown color and clear with ruby highlights. medium light tanned head with medium retention. TASTE: initial moderate chocolate-sweet flavor that evolves into a bitter coffee finish. medium bitterness with a rosted (coffee) and bitter-dry finish. PALATE: medium body with a slight velvety texture. moderate carbonation. no roasted grains astringency. OVERALL: a very good and complex porter-like black ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
janubio (642) - SPAIN - MAY 17, 2016
Pours a black colour, with an off white Medium head that lasts for a while. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, burnt sugar and red fruits. Medium to full body. Taste coffee, sherry wine, chocolate and red fruits.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
17Beer (185) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 16, 2016
Aromas of malt bread and toffee. Pours a dark opaque black brown with a tight brown head. and good lacing. Sweet malty flavors with a sour licorice and leather finish. A dry palate with mild carbonation. Nice.


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