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

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RATINGS: 1567   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
christhoel (263) - 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,

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (1885) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2015
February 15, 2015. Bottle at home.
Black with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet and bitter chocolate, chalk, coffee with a light peat note. Taste is light sweet, light to medium bitter chocolate and roasted notes along with some chalk and berries. Light to medium bodied, average carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rood (45) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2015
Describing appearance is bullocks, but i’ll try it anyway: it is black and it has a head and it is not Black Beauty, the beautiful horse. The foam is grote bellen en kleine bellen en wandklevend. Aroma is quad esters (figs, prunes), metallic, brown sugar, oat. Taste is cichorei, metallic, some weak hints of coffee. The mouthfeel is not smooth, rather edgy. I’m not a fan. Thanks berntholer for the gift.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
McSherman (186) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - FEB 25, 2015
Farbe: tiefschwarz Schaum: beige, fast sahnig Geruch: starke Röstaromen, Kaffee, Malz Geschmack: erst dominiert das Röstmalz und wird dann durch eine starke, lang anhaltende Bitterkeit abgelöst. Kaum süß. Tolles trinkbares Motoröl

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
florent.janssens (176) - - FEB 24, 2015
Arôme un peu faible de torréfaction. Goût classique du porter, mais bien puissant. Arrière goût amère.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ulysse (240) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 24, 2015
Roasting notes in its aroma. Enjoyable mouthfeel. Quite tasty for a porter. Definitely a good pick.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
panzerwolf (128) - FINLAND - FEB 21, 2015
Pours dark, nearly black. Gives you a light bit of surprise at first, with a thick and biting first taste that carries taste of chocolate and coffee. Very roasty, very full-bodied. A very nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skam (7) - Torino, ITALY - FEB 14, 2015 does not count
Bottiglia 330ml Nel bicchiere si presenta color nero vellutato con un dito di schiuma persistente color caffè. Al palato risalta l’aroma di cioccolato fondente, frutta secca e vaniglia, lasciando che i luppoli donino un finale secco e torbato . Corpo ricco e piacevole con carbonazione lieve e massiccia viscosità. Eccellente.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tarmok (110) - Tartu, ESTONIA - FEB 14, 2015
Aroma: caramel, roasty, chocolate, coffee, smoked pork leg. Appearance: black, minimal head, tan foam. Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, bitter,

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
indrekr (43) - ESTONIA - FEB 14, 2015
Aroma: chocolate, smoked pea, coffee. black, tan foam, medium bitterness, medium sweetness, medium body, creamy, average carbonation,


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