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

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RATINGS: 1576   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.


aenima's rating

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aenima (288) - Askim, - JUL 19, 2013
Black-red colour. Nice thick brown foam. Aroma of dark chocolate and coffee. The flavour is similar. The taste is very strong with the abv in mind.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (928) - - MAR 28, 2015
Pours a dark brown. Aroma and taste are initially sweet with a bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1157) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
25.9.2014. Aroma of sweetish coffee and chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits. Apparently, rather oily texture, medium to full bodied, slightly burnt malts, still some coffee and chocolate. Finish is bitter. Well in balance. Somehow complex but still straightforward.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pedrens (102) - SPAIN - MAR 23, 2015
Botella 33 cl. Color marrón rojizo muy oscuro. Espuma beige claro media formación y persistencia media. Aromas a chocolate, malta, avena, cafe, algo herbal. En boca buen cuerpo textura cremosa carbonatacion baja, pegajosa... chocolate, avena, ciruelas pasas... café y lúpulos mas al final, mas amargo. Muy equilibrada.. Porter con mayúsculas.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1300) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAR 22, 2015
On tap at BBF. Black colour with tan head. Roasted, malt aroma. Sweet, roasted, chocolate and malt taste. Medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nicolas_M (65) - BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2015
Porter beer is usually not my "style", bit this one is more than acceptable. The taste of coffee is there, and the chocolate can be distinguished (well, after reading the label). This beer could be recognized as a light stout beer. Worth the try.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bozo_skeleton (650) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAR 14, 2015
On tap @BBF2015 Noire c’est noire ! Petit collet, portée sur le café et le chocolat amer au niveau arômes. Buen ronde en bouche avec une finale amère.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RafeAU (253) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2015
Big in the chocolate, a little roasty, bitter, no sweetness. thick mouthfeel. A nice porter-stout. somewhere in between?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nordic (100) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle @ Koht, Tallinn. Black color, small head. Like stout. Rather complex taste: flavors of nut, spice, so e chocolate and coffee. Smoked. Long aftertaste. Good, but not great.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (4272) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Thought I’d rated this before. Mild charcoal aroma. Cola black, headless. Charred oak, some residual sweetness, far from cloying. Medium body, soft carbonation. Good, but not very complex.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
christhoel (270) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2015
From the name I expected something thicker. Dark amber color with a smallish head. A lot of caramel flavors. Not at all objectionable.roasty, black, frothy, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, thick feel, average carbonation,


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