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

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RATINGS: 1488   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.


biomechanic's rating

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
biomechanic (55) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Wow. This is one of my favorites now. Dark,chocolatey whit a slightly warming palate. It tastes like stout but it’s something different. Interesting.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AtronSeige (562) - 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 (106) - 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 (8) - Valkenswaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2014 does not count
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 (381) - 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!

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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 (3611) - 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...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sharkydodson (199) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - AUG 2, 2014
the aroma of caramel, chocolate and toast... the taste is caramel and chocolate with notes of coffee, dark fruits, licorice and toast... some shades of wood... slight hoppy bitterness... sweet and bitter aftertaste...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aleksander9 (406) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2014
-beer house, johannesburg- black with yellow head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and metal. Very fruity and slick palate. Aftertaste is coffee, sweet caramel, some noble hops and lingering sweet roasted malt finish. Overall: what a beer! Considering the low abv, it sure is a well made one. Delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sublirony (11) - SINGAPORE - JUL 28, 2014
Smells like a bitter with some roasted malt. Lovely black color. Good full, balanced taste with a bit of coffee; not very complex but rather decent. One of the better porters I’ve tried though palate feels a bit thin. All in all quite nice.


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