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

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RATINGS: 1612   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.


mpersinger's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Pours opaque brown with ruby heart. Roasty aroma leading to upfront sweetness and prominent roasty flavors with port notes and oxidative tones. Full, chewy mouthfeel. Finishes bitter and roasty. (from 2010 tasting notes BJCP study group.)


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zoret (146) - 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 (1239) - 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 (35) - - 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 (1193) - 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 (247) - 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 (912) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mauroruellas (365) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - JUN 23, 2015
Preta,bem escura,viscosa,turva,formação de creme bege baixo mas duradouro,boa carbonatação com formação de bolhas pequenas,aroma delicioso de malte torrado e café,sabor apresentando malte,chocolate amargo e torrefação,bem balanceada om dulçor inicial e leve amargo no final,boa drinkability,ótimo conjunto,ótima Porter,,recomendo.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Werckmeister (895) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUN 23, 2015
330ml bottle at home. BB 07/2016. Rating #777. black color. small coffee-colored head. smells smokey, light bacon, spices, milky. medium body, light carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. tastes smokey, coffee, malty roast, light bacon, some chocolate, milky, spices, dark bread. finishes with notes of coffee, smoke and malty roast. wow, great beer, love it. great taste for the low ABV. smell is just average but taste is very nice, nicely balanced.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jyrsa (231) - - JUN 20, 2015
Pours dark brown with small brownish head. Nut, oats and chocolate. Chocolate and dried fruits. Typically british smooth mouth feel.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GlasgowTAD (588) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2015
Pours a brownish black with not much head. Aroma is figs, smoke and roast malts. Taste is figs, slight water, slight malts, a touch of cardboard.


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