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

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RATINGS: 1525   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erasmus_ro (1467) - 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 (226) - 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 (36) - - NOV 26, 2014
From bottle purchased at Glug, Grainger Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Smooth rich texture.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarpa (937) - FINLAND - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle 33cl from Alko. Pours black with a small light beige head. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, ash in the aroma, very dry. Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts in the flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shdougan (9) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014 does not count
Dark brown/black appearance with a very minimal tan head. Roasty aromas, light coffee, chocolate, earthy. Has a smooth, oily texture with a rather fizzy carbonation. The taste starts sweet, dark chocolate turning into a dark roast coffee before slowly but surely getting hit by the bitterness of the hops. Very well balanced, my kind of beer. It fits the name.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StueyD (1208) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2014
A dark brown coloured beer with a weak tan coloured head. A rich and heady aroma, liquorice, dark chocolate and espresso coffee, plus a meaty, Marmite-like aroma. Medium mouthfeel. A rich mouth-filling, roasted malt taste, slightly sweet liquorice, chocolate and coffee. A slight smokiness then a smooth creaminess as suggested on the label. There is a touch of dry cereal towards the end. The finish continues with the dry cereal element.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (5054) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2014
24/X/14 - 33cl bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck (Vichte) @ home - BB: X/2015 (2014-1244) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, big creamy irregular beige head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: caramel, bit sweet, malty, hay, grains, bit fruity, not very roasted, actually. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: little sourish, fruity, mocha, cocoa powder, some caramel, soft bitterness, bit sweet. Aftertaste: bit of chlorine, pretty hoppy, coffee, some charcoal, hint of banana, bitter and dry.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BitchPls (587) - FINLAND - NOV 6, 2014
Cola black beer with a small dark beige head. Some roastiness in the aroma. Light to medium body. Watery texture. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of sourness. Enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djoeye (1725) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2014
About black body, beige head, crocheted lacings. Aroma; dark chocolate, mocca coffee notes, cocoa, dusty hops. Taste; dark chocolate, mocca coffee, cocoa, choco-liquorice, dusty dry hops back there. Nice body, half dry. A bit juicy finish with very dark fruits into the chocolate stuff. Isn’t it a porter?? Well, could be enjoyed as one anyway. [33cl brown bottle with us.barcode, abv6%, 15.8°, BBnov15, B@Alko, 3.38€, T@höme]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (584) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2014
Poured from 330mL bottle. Near black with dissipating tan head. Aroma of roast malt and dark chocolate. Same flavour, nice balance, flavours are a little light and subdued. A nice sipper from time to time, but not especially memorable in any way.


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