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


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RATINGS: 1499   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aenima (264) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chickenflea (339) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Pours very dark with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dark red wine, dark fruit, light smokiness. Tastes sweet and roasty with a vinous quality. Bitterness is of the roasted variety with hints of floral hop bitterness. Similar to a stout except for the vinous quality. Not nearly as thick as engine oil. In fact I would say that the beer has medium texture. Low carbonation. It’s a good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Toomio (215) - Joensuu, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2014
Keskiverto portteri. Ehkä somessa vähän yliarvostettu. Kyllä tämä sapsussa hyvin menisi kaupaksi. Helppo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerme31 (499) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle. Nice roasty chocolate coffee aroma. Black with thin tan head in color. Medium sweet taste. Medium body, texture is exceptionally silky smooth, mild bitter hop and roasty finish. Excellent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtu71 (69) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle. Big brownish head. Big lace. Black / dark red brown. Chocolate and roasted malts on aroma. Oily, dark fudge, coffee, roasted sugar. Semistrong, pleasant medium body. The name is so right.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chribban (168) - SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2014
Dark brown, almoust black with a beige head. A lot of lacing. Nose: Roasted malt, molasses, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. Taste: Same as the nose, malt, roasted notes, coffee, dark chocolate and dried fruit. Almoust no carbonation. Medium to full body. A light bitterness. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
digopossobon (291) - MACAE, BRAZIL - SEP 21, 2014
cho que foi a 9ª breja da noite... Já não lembro mais... Também recomendada, ofertada e saboreada juntamente com o proprietado desse templo da cerveja. Aroma intenso, de café, de capucchinno. Negra intensa, opaca. Creme residual, como esperado. Malte torrefeito, intensa, toffe, sem caramelo. Foda!!! Boa demais!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zwiebel88 (144) - GERMANY - SEP 21, 2014
Fast schwarz, leichter Schaum. In der Nase röstig, Kaffee und dunkle Früchte. Am Gaumen espressolasti, malzig. Schlanker Körper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
This beer pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, coffee and fruit. Medium body with flavors of roasted coffee, malt, dark fruit and a bit of black licorice. The finish is roasty with a malty aftertaste. Above average overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mt_hall (119) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
Bottled. Clear brown/black when pouring; jet black in the glass with a very small, light brown head. Espresso, strong malt, molasses, and treacle of the nose. A treacle and honey start and a drier coffee finish. Lovely smooth mouthfeel and very well balanced. To me this is the perfect example of what a no-gimmicks stout porter should be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (214) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle @ home. Aged 2 years. Beige medium sized creamy head and an almost back liquid. Sweet roasted chocolate aroma with notes of coffee,dark bread, caramel, red fruits , and a light vinous touch of plums. Bold and smooth & oily mouth feel. Roasted but not burnt taste initially of coffee, chocholate and earth. Finish is dry and chocolate bitter with notes of licorice, salt, dark fruits and subtle vanilla. Lingering bitterness.

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