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

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RATINGS: 1660   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.


corpsuckle's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Malty roasty toasty goodness and while not as viscous, it does look a damn lot like engine oil in the glass. I like this one!


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sissio (1061) - Orsenigo, ITALY - FEB 1, 2016
bottle @ home clear dark brown, brown head passito, lightly roasted malts, hint of chocolate and licorice full bodied and well balanced, wet charcole, burned wood, hint of smokey, bitter finish, raw licorice, hint of toffee

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocJitsu (1484) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Pours a dark brown with a light khaki head. Lightly smoky nose with some coffee and dark roasted malt. No sweetness on the nose at all. Smooth and slick. Flavors are nearly identical to the nose. Very dry.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (3630) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Bottle with the Belgrade Boys at Halloween tasting. Thick black, heavy and small soap bubbles. Deep dark malty. Porky smoke, fatty. Clean, rich, great metallic and fatty smoke-roast. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheKernOwl (66) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2016
Nice dark chocolate nose, with some caramel (Coke) notes (from the Galena hops?) and a little dusting of coffee and vanilla. Thick-ish body, with more chocolate + roasty tones before coffee cake icing on the way out. Like a bar of dark chocolate with a sprinkling of coffee grounds; that sounds terrible, but it rolls very smoothly and feels just right.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen2 (2462) - NORWAY - JAN 18, 2016
From tap at Mi2 at Cardinal 28.01.16. Ebony. Dense, foamy and persistent pale brown head and lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and some pine. Similar taste, with some berries and brittle. Medium high bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tandembrauer (886) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2016
Tasted at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours black with beige head. Aroma of dark bread, chocolate, grains, smoked malt, roasted malt, coffee, tar. Tastes a bit sweet, with quite some roastiness. Tart and dry finish. Medium bodied with slightly smooth mouth feel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChewyBeer (217) - SOUTH AFRICA - JAN 16, 2016
Appearance: deep dark black with slight tan head Aroma: vanilla Taste: medium mouthful, medium carbonation, vanilla, roast malt Not bad

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sccp1910 (129) - BRAZIL - JAN 16, 2016
Aroma discreto de maltes torrados. Aparência espetacular, escura, espuma marrom, realmente pare óleo de motor. Amargor intenso e bom paladar.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratto (95) - - JAN 8, 2016
Bottle bbe apr 2017. Pours black with nice thick tan head. Aroma cream coffee, molasses. Taste sweet coffee, caramel. Finishes with smooth roastiness, also some burnt notes. Nice! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bawelt (262) - Lyon, FRANCE - JAN 6, 2016
Nez : très bois brûlé, fond très fumé. Un brin houblonné qui équilibre. Bouche : même chose, très exactement.


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