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

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RATINGS: 1512   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mezr (57) - California, USA - APR 9, 2013
Sugested by my trusted beer guide (Joe) at Pacific Wine Merchants. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle a deep, dark brown (almost black) with a foamy moca colored head. The aroma is definite dark chocolate, roasty malt, and a bit earthy. Taste has a pleasant, light sweetness that’s followed by a medium bitter and a moderately long finish. Full body, and slick with moderate carbonation that quickly softens. Very nice all around. Really enjoyed this.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SperkeleForce (568) - FINLAND - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle 33 CL. Pours black with small white brown lacing head. Notes of roasted, chocolate, coffee, licorice, vanilla. Pretty nice.

- beerbasher

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
budedou (398) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - OCT 19, 2014
Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and metal. Very fruity and slick palate. Aftertaste is coffee, sweet caramel, some noble hops and lingering sweet roasted malt finish. Overall: what a beer!!! Delicious!!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Migmar (251) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 18, 2014
Black, small foamy head. Roasted coffee, liquorice, smoke. Medium sweetness, aftertaste has some light bitterness with a sour tinge, too. Semi-full palate. Very pleasant, strong but balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ragnampiza (496) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - OCT 14, 2014
330 ml bottle from Gradi Plato. Very dark brown, difficult to see through, with a nice, creamy and persistent light beige head. I was expecting a much more powerful nose. Still, solid roasted malts presence, definitely chocolate and vanilla, a hint of grain and green coffee beans. Much better in the mouth. Lovely creamy and velvety mouthfeel. So easily drinkable. Moderate but spot on bitterness, a hint of earthy and spicy hops presence. Clean and refined coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Soft to average carbonation, medium body, slightly oily texture. Decent smell, great taste, good beer overall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a snifter glass. A: Pours a deep brown to black color forming a medium bubbled tan head that disappear quickly leaving only few lacings in the glass S: Strong notes of malts, roasted malts, chocolate malts. Very biscuity, with strong notes of roasted malts. Very bready: notes of Oreo and earthy yeasts T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of roasted malts. Very bready! Very earthy yeasts M: Medium creamy body. Medium carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste O: Great drinkabitity. Excellent quality. Masterpiece [ BA Review @ 2/11/2014 ]

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
STJUDE (4) - ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2014 does not count
Lovely smooth beer, leaves a nice choc coffee taste on the tongue,highly recommend.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mauritsio (441) - FINLAND - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle from Alko Lippulaiva. Black with xl Brown head. Roasted malty aroma. Lasting Bitterness.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lladnar (2) - Alabama, USA - OCT 12, 2014 does not count
Poured an opaque black with a 2 finger head that didn’t stick around long. Aromas of chocolate, dough and roasted malt. Good carbonation you can feel on the tongue. Hints of chocolate, charcoal and bread. Fairly thick with a good mouth feel and a lingering aftertaste. Pretty good overall. Recommended.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jenhesteer (234) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
One of the few beers that can have almost no aroma and still be taste good. Very mild roast flavor and a really high, sweet twang from bottle-conditioning. After-taste of bitter-chocolate is nice. Probably not worht the $3 buck a bottle price, but a passable ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackbock (111) - Shoalhaven NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle. Aroma of dark malt and stale hops. Poured with a medoim head which did not persist. Dark brown colour. Initial sweetness blended with highly unusual floating roast flavour which was overwhelmed by bitter aftertaste. Disappointing hop flavour, but good bitterness. Slightly roasty finish, med-dry. Like a good home brewed old.


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