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

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RATINGS: 1521   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bulk_Carrier (2223) - Juneau, Alaska, 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shdougan (4) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014 does not count
Dark brown/black appearance with a very minimal tan head. Roasty aromas, light coffee, chocolate, earthy. Has a smooth, oily texture with a rather fizzy carbonation. The taste starts sweet, dark chocolate turning into a dark roast coffee before slowly but surely getting hit by the bitterness of the hops. Very well balanced, my kind of beer. It fits the name.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StueyD (1204) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2014
A dark brown coloured beer with a weak tan coloured head. A rich and heady aroma, liquorice, dark chocolate and espresso coffee, plus a meaty, Marmite-like aroma. Medium mouthfeel. A rich mouth-filling, roasted malt taste, slightly sweet liquorice, chocolate and coffee. A slight smokiness then a smooth creaminess as suggested on the label. There is a touch of dry cereal towards the end. The finish continues with the dry cereal element.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (5004) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2014
24/X/14 - 33cl bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck (Vichte) @ home - BB: X/2015 (2014-1244) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, big creamy irregular beige head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: caramel, bit sweet, malty, hay, grains, bit fruity, not very roasted, actually. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: little sourish, fruity, mocha, cocoa powder, some caramel, soft bitterness, bit sweet. Aftertaste: bit of chlorine, pretty hoppy, coffee, some charcoal, hint of banana, bitter and dry.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BitchPls (586) - FINLAND - NOV 6, 2014
Cola black beer with a small dark beige head. Some roastiness in the aroma. Light to medium body. Watery texture. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of sourness. Enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djoeye (1694) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2014
About black body, beige head, crocheted lacings. Aroma; dark chocolate, mocca coffee notes, cocoa, dusty hops. Taste; dark chocolate, mocca coffee, cocoa, choco-liquorice, dusty dry hops back there. Nice body, half dry. A bit juicy finish with very dark fruits into the chocolate stuff. Isn’t it a porter?? Well, could be enjoyed as one anyway. [33cl brown bottle with us.barcode, abv6%, 15.8°, BBnov15, B@Alko, 3.38€, T@höme]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (573) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2014
Poured from 330mL bottle. Near black with dissipating tan head. Aroma of roast malt and dark chocolate. Same flavour, nice balance, flavours are a little light and subdued. A nice sipper from time to time, but not especially memorable in any way.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bill Becker (387) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 31, 2014
It, called Black Ale vs Porter, is a lovely black colour and brings a 1 finger head of tannish foam with a careful pour. As the foam shrinks, great lacing left behind. The smell is marvelous with smooth notes of chocolate, both sweet and bitter. Almost? get a hint of licorice. The taste brings that chocolate with no hint of the licorice I noted in the smell. Nicely roasty to go along with the chocolate, this such a soothing, comforting beer to drink. The silkiest of mouth feels, this is just bloody awesome. I’m glad I picked up a few bottles, both with the labels upside down and right side up.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bork (316) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Rich brew filled with roasted coffee, chocolate and a wee bit of tart cherry. Pleasantly clean on the palate with a long toasted bitterness in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kauge (223) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle from Stockmann in Tallinn (€ 3,30). BB Jan 2016. Pours black with a thick tan head that drops very slowly, leaving some lacing. Nose is intense with grassy-fruity-resiny hops (big up for Galena!) and sweet chocolaty-caramelly malts dominating. Taste is chocolaty and fruity sweet, medium bitter, with notes of coffee. Body low medium, carbonation very modest, palate soft and velvety. Lovely stuff!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2765) - Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2014
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, toast, light toffee, light dark fruit, faint smoke, and roast/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bit roast/bready malt and light-moderate yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, toast, light toffee, light dark fruit, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, toast, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of roast/bready malt and light yeast ester flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English porter. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of roast/bready malts and light yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.


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