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

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RATINGS: 1679   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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.


Gabe511's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gabe511 (9) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2008
11.2oz btl. Pours an opaque black with a nice head that looks like chocolate mousse. Nice roasty nose. Taste is strong roast with chocolate tones and molasses that coat the mouth and finishes strong. Dark and delicious.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Simonsen (1044) - NORWAY - APR 29, 2016
Flaske. Svart, litt oljeaktig konsistens. Noe skum som forsvinner. Noe karbonert. Smaket kaffe, røstet malt, lakris og sjokolade. En meget fin øl som har ganske tykk,nesten Kremet konsistens samtidig som den er veldig lettdrikkelig

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3112) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2016
Bottle from Waitrose, black colour with a ran head. Aroma coffee fruity chocolate with a roasted bitterness. Taste roasted bitter. Nice one.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HuskerTan (1420) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - APR 9, 2016
Bottle. A- Dark chocolate, iron, roasty. A- Black color, dark liquid, beige head. T- Dark chocolate, bittersweet, dry, roasty, malty. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, malty finish. O- Not sure what makes a beer an old ale on here but this is certainly somewhere between a porter or stout for me. Not superbly exciting, but a decent enough brew. Nothing really stood out in it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AnG_BrgNor (322) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 3, 2016
Bottle. Black with nice head. Aroma is roasted with dark chocolate and woods. Taste is chocolate and roasted. Nice body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lore (1896) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 2, 2016
dark brown colour, medium sized, dense beige head, which disappears quickly; aroma of chocolate, some herbal liqueur notes, maybe earth; taste is also dominated by dark chocolate with some herbal notes and hints of peat and wood; for me, it is more like a porter than an old ale - not an extraordinary, but a really enjoyable one

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pog (4) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 28, 2016 does not count
Aroma: chocolate and toasted coffee, roasty. Brown-black colour. White and abundant head, but it disappears quickly. Fine perlage. Pretty bitter but very well balanced with a chocolate hint. Medium to full bodied with lively carbonation. Long and pleasant finish. A very balanced beer, for people who like bitter beers with a medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hippoman (645) - Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2016
330ml Bottle from The Library, Durham (£4.75) Black with a bubbly, light tan head that needs fast pouring to come to life. The aroma is dark and roasty with chocolate as well as an unusual medicinal note. Deep, dark chocolate and charred malt flavours intrigue and entice while it maintains a crisp bitterness to keep it quaffable, all subtlely balanced with creamy toffee tones. Thick and robust yet full of subtle character and enjoyably drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcinG (333) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2016
Butelka 330 ml. Ciemne o brazowej dosc obfitej pianie. Aromat czekolady brazowych cukrow melasy palonych slodow. W smaku delikatne o malym wysyceniu. Wyczuwalne nuty czekolady i palonych slodow .kawy. alkohol gleboko w tle.swietne piwo po kilku tygodniach picia euro lagerow to wydaje sie ambrozja bogow.

Marcin G

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ordybill (1132) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2016
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Pitch black appearance with a small tan head. The aroma is malt and chocolate, outstanding aroma. Excellent flavor of dark malt. A perfect beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
josanguapo (837) - SPAIN - MAR 9, 2016
From XXXII. In Teku glass. Watchimh True Detective 1x05. Like an Imperial Stout but less alcoholic and very easy to drink. BB date was this month. Superb nose


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