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

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RATINGS: 1616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


v64's rating

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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TorbenJensen (792) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2015
Very beautiful, chunky and rough foam. Malty aroma with notes of dark bitter chocolate. Have a taste that is somewhat unusual; it is both stout-like on the ongoing and very marked manner, simultaneously with a velvet-soft and slightly creamy mouth feeling. Have a little hint of licorice, but in careful balance with chocolate, which together give it a bitter taste with light caramel and very long finish. It is a really delicious beverage that offers long-term enjoyment.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
a_sully (306) - - AUG 23, 2015
Deep brown almost black body, tan brown and frothy head. Aroma is sweet and earthy. Taste is earthy with hints of nuts and a wooden taste and a slightly sweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartlebier (2678) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - AUG 20, 2015
(12/2014 backlog) 33cl shared by bastarda. Slick dark malts manage to both accomodate earthy charcoal and ash and a subcurrent of hop-infused dark berry notes. Nuts and treacle, chocolate drizzle. Gorgeous mouthfeel, contained and subtle in its mature composition rather than wildly expressive. Good reliable UK slowbrewed stuff at 6%.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (2143) - Ghent, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle from dranken Deconinck. Dark brown/black colour, beige foam. Medium carbonation. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruit and coffee. Light sweet and roasty bitterness. Well balanced. Good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zoret (151) - Badalona, SPAIN - JUL 19, 2015
D’ampolla al Cara B. Cervesa negra etiquetada com a Black Ale. Maltosa amb tocs de caramel, café, xocolata o fins i tot vi dolç. Cos mig baix, carbonatació mitja. Molt bona.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamaty (1344) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 18, 2015
Negra, opaca, un dedo de espuma beige que pronto se desvanece. Aroma a chocolate. Buen medio en boca y textura oleosa. Trago muy fácil. Muy baja carbonatación. Sabor realmente balanceado, rica malta tostada, chocolate y alguna nota de café. Contrapunto ligeramente amargo y ahumado. Gran porter.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taradil (40) - - JUL 10, 2015
Bottle. Color: pitch black. Head: beautiful medium head. Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of coffee. Taste: dark chocolate, dark malts, liquorice. Great dark ale.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackisle (1224) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JUL 8, 2015
Bottle 33cl. Opaque deep dark redbrown, good frothy tan head, diminishing slowly, good lacing; roasted malts aroma, peat, cocoa, bit licorice, hint of smokiness; mild taste, medium sweet and bitter, chocolate, light salty notes; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, light to medium bitter aftertaste, roastiness and chocolate in the finish; very nice Old Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlazerT (281) - POLAND - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle. Snifter. Pitch black with light brown, semi-densed head, good lacing and head retention. Roasted malts (chocolate) and nuts aroma, light ot medium aroma of dried fruits, light smokey. Low bitterness, little sout. Light to medium body, creamy texture, medium carbonation, finish is light bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gopherfan99 (961) - CROATIA - JUN 29, 2015
Bottle; (served slightly chilled with a side of bitter chocolate at Bier Proeflokaal In De Wildeman, Amsterdam); pours black with a small beige head; aroma is chocolate, coffee, molasses, and roasted malt; taste is bitter chocolate with coffee, roast malt, and hints of molasses; finish is bitter and was excellent with the chocolate served with the beer.


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