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Harviestoun Tryd & Tested

Formerly brewed at Harviestoun
Style: Irish Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Bottled; Filtered.
Dark Beer.
Beer With Balls.
"A warming rich dark ruby beer with pleasant blackcurrant overtones. The balance of carefully selected dark malts produce a smooth deep fruity background for the hop character to shine through."
Contains barley, oats and wheat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty caramel aroma. Sweet malty caramel flavor with some fruity hints. Sweet malty slightly roasted caramel finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2011
1st December 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! A nice crisp dark malt start followed by a pleasantly fruity hoppy finish, slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle at home ... deep copper ... musty hop with a little malt nose ... woody slightly smokey dark malts ... little nutty

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (17282) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2007
500ml bottle from Sainsbury. Very deep chestnut colour with thick lasting beige head. Quite a good malty hop aroma, nice grainyness in mouth and then peppery hop towards the end. Dry malt throughout. Hey, I liked it. Hop on end was good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (13233) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2007
Bottled, 500ml, pasteurised from Sainsburys, Banbury. Dark chestnut with white head. Deep dark malts that give a heavy fruity flavour without going into porter territory. Remaining bitter and dryish throughout there is a touch of hop on the finish to round the beer off. Quite reasonable methinks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (9837) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2007
Bottle. Bronze with a large off-white foam. Aromas are toffee malts with lots of grapefruit bitterness. Nutty with earthy, spicy hops. Flavours are mainly fruity and hoppy with some chocolate malts. Spicy and prickly with hints of pine. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9591) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2007
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, Heyford Hill, Oxford, 21-09-07 This was a much much better beer than the Gales ’Swing Low’ rugby themed one I’d started the evening with. Poured standard brown colour, some fruit on the nose (but I didn’t get blackcurrants) tasted fruity and malty with real nice hoppy bite at the end which took me quite by suprise, not sure what the hops were but they certainly lashed out. Not bad at all!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9472) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2007
Good cream-coloured, fluffy head, pretty persistent over dark chestnut-coloured beer. Strange woodstainer aroma, fleetingly, then more wood and coffee. Finally dry hops and faint cardemom. All in all a pretty complex and layered nose. Hops, my good Doctor, hops! Noble English ones caress the yearning WoostePattyn palate, as well as some dark malts, just enough to sustain. Faint black cardemom remains, but the beer is too weak - I was going to say "too British" - to have an as complex layered taste as its nose. Still pretty good! Light bodied, but nowhere empty. Harviestoun, undeniably amongst the best on the isles. Póg mo thóin, it has balls - Jezza, you knew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2007
Bottled. A dark mahogony coloured beer with an off-white long-lasting head. The aroma is dry and bready. Some oats and a little fruit. More bread in the flavour together with toast and a touch of coffee. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2007
Bottled. This is a fantastic beer, pasteurised or not. Earthy, sourish and uncompromisingly hopped. Slightly nutty caramel hints in the nose backed up with sourish citrussy hop. Loads of lemony hops in the mouth with fizzing red apple peel, offset with sneaking chocolatey malt. Unusually hoppy/citrussy character for a beer so dark and reddish- reminds me of Stary Krakow Dark. Quite possibly the same spiky Galena hoppiness as Tunnel Linda Lear. Leaning towards America. Yellowy froth clinging to the glass. Really, really impressed. One I couldn’t put down, and wouldn’t hesitate to resample.

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