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

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RATINGS: 1585   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.


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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pumpkin87 (85) - - APR 13, 2015
Pours black as used engine oil with mocha head that leaves a bit of lacing. Nose delivers the "roasty" malt notes. Mouth follows with the "viscous," a smooth, creamy body. At first, the "chocolatey" took a back seat. There was some slight bitterness, but it was difficult to discern whether that was cocoa or hops. Still, after letting it open up for a few minutes, the next thing I noticed was the empty bottle. It goes down easy, with a touch of caramel. Well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
davestanleylfc (4) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2015 does not count
This beer pours out a beautiful dark black, it has a nice contrasting flavour with the smooth chocolate stout quality balanced with a bitter dark hoppy flavour, an excellent little beer, it looks incredible a real thick black colour with malty brown hints

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bodega95 (83) - - APR 12, 2015
Bottle. Nice black ale. Dark black with beige head. Rosated malts, chocolate, nice bittenrness and very balanced. Nice sorprise! I’ll repeat this again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sjohnh (353) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2015
Very dark brown with a cappuccino head and frothy lacing. Medium creamy body. Roasted malt and dark chocolate on the nose - same plus coffee in the taste. Some caramel sweetness to offset the bitterness, and some red fruit. Nicely balanced, very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MayumiH (295) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
Bottle at home. Dark malts, cherry, vanilla, strong coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Smooth and rich finish. Very enjoyable.,

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
leosanches (30) - - APR 3, 2015
Uma stout clássica, com aroma profundo de café e chocolate, já chamando atenção para o malte torrado que está por vir. A aparência é clássica, totalmente preta, brilhante, porém com muito pouco espuma. O sabor é forte, com o café, chocolate amargo e caramelo se destacando. O malte torrado também se pronuncia com força e o sabor se aproxima às cervejas Rauchen. O corpo é médio e o pálato é excelente; cerveja aveludada e envolvente, que preenche a boca como um todo com seu sabor envolvente. A derinkability é boa apesar do amargor forte e do álcool presente. O aftertaste é seco e segura o sabor de café. Boa para o inverno e para beber enquanto se come carnes. É pouco equilibrada devido ao amargor e café pronunciados.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hartoloni (13) - - MAR 31, 2015
Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee and tastes as it smells, pleasant aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DroolYeast (408) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle @ John bull. Aroma of black roasted malt. Black with small tan head, tiny lasting. Moderate sweetness, some metal, malt bitterness. Medium body, soapy texture, average carbonation, sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cj_a (17) - LUXEMBOURG - MAR 29, 2015
Dark brown bit cloudy colour. Small chocolat coloured foam. Smells of coffee and chocolate and tastes of it as well. Soft on the tongue with a medium body. Finish is medium.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (951) - - MAR 28, 2015
Pours a dark brown. Aroma and taste are initially sweet with a bitter finish.


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