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

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RATINGS: 1532   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
v64 (134) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Very smoky, caramel aroma. Dark brown in appearance. Moderate light brown head. Taste is chocolatey, touch of bitterness. Not overwhelming at all. Surprisingly light for its taste.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (2302) - Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle: Jet black, inky pour. Not much head, thin khaki collar outlining the top. Pretty standard "stout" like aroma. Deep. Notes of roast, bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, slightly sweet dark malts, & a touch of anise. Flavor is quite roasty. Bigger elements of ash, charcoal, & burnt malt. Bitter, but not excessively so. Only a mild malt sweetness for balance. Light hints of chocolate, coffee, anise, & smoke with a lingering roasted bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuideDogSaint (481) - Xiamen, CHINA - DEC 17, 2014
330ml bottle from BePLUS, Xiamen. Pours black with a thin off white head. Aroma of chocolate with a hint of smokiness. Dry bitter finish. Maybe a little thin.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dermi (662) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2014
33 cl, bottled. Pours black with a nice tanned head. Aroma: Roasted malt, smoke (strong). Taste: Medium+ sweet, mild bitterness. Roasted malts, light vanilla-like flavours. Palate: Medium body, quite smooth texture. Good. Aroma -1, 17.12.2014. (Before: 7-4-6-4-15, 4.6.2011)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (2436) - BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2014
Scottish porter but indeed, as indicated above, closer to an English old ale. Sticky, beige, thin, dense and relatively stable head, colour very dark chestnut brown, bordering on black. Malty and smoky aroma of cured meat, smoked bacon, charcoal, dried plums, coffee powder, bitter chocolate, thyme, liquorice, iron but not disturbingly so, bayleaf, candi sugar and dried leaves. Subdued fruity onset, dried fruits, dryish with a subtle sweet touch, iron hint, liquorice with a certain amount of subtle saltiness, oily and smooth mouthfeel, caramelly and nutty malts, smokiness comes up again in the end with some leafy hop bitterness, medium long and dry. Very malty beer and a classic in that it forms the starting point of the famed Ola Dubh series.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruigo (1246) - PORTUGAL - DEC 8, 2014
33cl bottle. Dark brown/black colour with a thin tan head. Coffee, liquorice, chocolate and dried fruits in the aroma. Soft to average carbonation and medium to full bodied. Taste is bitter but well balanced with some fruity notes and with a long bitter aftertaste. Overall, a very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (2597) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2014
(Harviestoun Old Engine Oil (Bottle)) Bottle 330 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 6% Black in colour, with a tall and thick tan head sitting on top. Very good reteniton, medium lacing left behind. Aroma of coffee, liquorice, light hops. Taste is nicely bitter, with coffee, lots of roasted malts, light dark chocolate, some fruitiness too. Aftertaste also bitter with long duration. Medium thick body, soft carbonation, mildly dry and a smooth feeling on the palate. Very good, highly drinkable beer. Ver

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tillmac62 (256) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Note - The bottle says black ale. Near black pour. Exceptional head volume, retention and lacing. Light chocolate nose with hints of roast. Medium body with a touch of creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish. The flavor profile is a bit subdued, but well balanced with a nice level of complexity. Let this one warm to room temperature. It begins with a blend of flavors - roast, hop and hints of dark fruit over a caramel sweetness with biscuit notes. A mild bitterness and a slight mineral note emerge in the middle. The slow fade from the middle to the finish allows flavor discernment and here is where this one shines and its complexity becomes evident. The finish is a slow fade into a light sweetness over a light hop flavored bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erasmus_ro (1477) - Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with auburn tinge. Fairly small, yet stylish, dark latte-colored head. Aroma is roasted, some chocolate, chocolate confectionary, some dark dried, fruitiness.Taste is roasted, some wooden flavor, wood, coal, ash on the finish. Dried, dark fruits are prominent. Fairly low carbonation, not as viscous or big as you might think. Good drinkability.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lambister (231) - FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
33 cl from local monopoly. Great nose with toasted rye and malts. Hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Tasty and rich palate. Good value and very nice brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
voncrease (38) - - NOV 26, 2014
From bottle purchased at Glug, Grainger Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Smooth rich texture.


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