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


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RATINGS: 1704   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.

davidfoley's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidfoley (20) - New York, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Appearance - Dark ruby, poor head retention, light carbonation Smell - Dark berries, cherry, black currant, vanilla, spice, nutty, aged roasted coffee aroma with moderate alcohol presence Taste - Deep fruity, chocolate, coffee, malty sweet flavour. Well balanced. Mouthfeel - Medium body, cream velvet texture. Crisp and clean finish with light/medium carbonation Drinkability - Pleasant & well balanced. Not a session beer, but could have a few pints! Overall - Good beer, well balanced, recommend it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HPDalen (272) - DENMARK - AUG 20, 2016
Bottle. Pours black with a frothy tan head. Mostly bitter chocolate and coffee aroma, some nuts maybe. Nice palate, rich body, quite a bit of carbonation to keep it alive. It’s almost like a dark IPA. Flavour is mostly bitter coffee and milk chocolate, nicely balanced. Bitter finish, long. Yummy beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alteregoo (853) - POLAND - AUG 16, 2016
Piękna beżowa piana, obfita i trwała. Barwa ciemno brązowa z rubinowymi refleksami. W aromacie karmel, czekolada, cukier kandyzowany, likier waniliowy a także chmielowo ziołowe nuty, może odrobina siarki po ogrzaniu. W smaku półwytrawne, palone, czekoladowe, kawowe, karmelowe, rodzynkowe. Goryczka średnia do wysokiej, palono żywiczno tytoniowa. Wysycenie niskie, półpełne i kremowe w odbiorze.
Bardzo przyjemny Old Ale, solidnie nachmielony i gładki jednocześnie. Nieco mniej się tu dzieje niż w wersjach leżakowanych w beczkach, ale i tak jest solidnie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
likeatrainwreck (441) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2016
Lovely beer. Malty, roasty, raisins, bit of spice, soft bitterness. Sticky and rich. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
EugeneStraver (166) - Nootdorp, NETHERLANDS - JUL 17, 2016
HOME 17072016 (33 cl bottle, Black IPA, 6% ABV, bb feb 2017): A brilliant dark red-brown clear beer with a dark brown head. A main aroma of chocolate and mocha (nice malty) with some nuts, raisins and red fruit. A somewhat sweet taste of chocolate, raisins, cherry. A full bodied beer with light sticky sweetness and somewhat dry bitterness from the malt. A good complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1979) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Pours a thick rich heavy dark black color with a long lasting Java head . Nose is chocolate, molasses, malt and espresso . Taste is rich roasted malt , with sweet chocolate and espresso. Finish is sweet pleasant chocolate , malt, with a moderately long ending. Nice !!! Quaff Score 8 / 10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mishnok (70) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2016
From 330ml bottle. Lovely thick taste of chocolate and hops with bitter edge. Lovely drink ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (10099) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2016
Draught @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, licorice, brown sugar, wood, little dark fruits. Flavor is light sweet, malt, brown sugar, coffee, little licorice, little dark fruits. Medium body, average carbonation, light sweet and light dry finish. 110716

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kustie (839) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2016
Bottle. Opaque black color with silky light brown head. Aroma has roasted malt, cocoa, coffee. Taste is malty with long fairly sweet aftertaste. Flavors of roasted malt, salted licorice, coffee and raisins. Nice soft mouth feeling and balanced one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rafael52 (877) - Łódź, POLAND - JUL 10, 2016
Kolor: ciemnobrunatny, klarowny.
Piana: obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa, trwała.
Zapach: intensywny aromat ciemnych słodów, kakao, kawy, gorzkiej czekolady, ciemnego pieczywa, pumpernikla, ciemnych, suszonych owoców.
Smak: wyraźna pełnia, również intensywne nuty ciemnych słodów, kawy, gorzkiej czekolady, trochę paloności, ciemnych owoców, spora goryczka, lekko palona.
Wysycenie: średnie, lekko w kierunku wysokiego.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
gr_pa (364) - siemianowice, POLAND - JUL 4, 2016
Black, clear, very small tan head. Perfect saturation. Aroma: coffee, hay, cocoa, some sulfuric notes. Full to medium body, medium to heavy sweetness. Perfect combination of coffee and roast notes, opposed by sweetness and subtle dark fruits. Smooth, oily texture. Quite long coffee flavoured finish, but in enjoyable way.

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