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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4986) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2007
Bottle. Dark Brown with a full head.Malty with some bitterness and a trace of fruit. Full bodied and very refreshing. Another excellent bottled beer from this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2007
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. I don’t get excited at seeing a new Harviestoun, yet I enjoy their beers when I have them. I think I associate the brewery too much with the lackluster and over-rated Schiehallion and Bitter & Twisted, and forget that they are capable of also making some dark and tasty beers with balls. Harviestoun call this a Dark Beer, and while it looks amber, it certainly has the roasted notes of a stout, making this a Red Ale (sometimes also called an Irish Ale as that’s where it was first identified). This is a spanking tasty beer with lots of roasted malts and a healthy dose of bittering hops. Satisfying and delicious. A good one.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joe19612 (2594) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2008
500ml bottle from Sainsbury. Poured a deep brown chestnut colour with thick lwhite head. The beer had a malty hop aroma, nice hoppy taste in the taste. A very good beer to me,wish i had some more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2007
Nice to see a special edition RWC beer that isn’t predictable and golden. Dark brown with an off white head. Faint sweet chocolate malt aroma. Thick, earthy malt taste with a bitter finish. Good enough to become a regular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2007
Bottle. Pours brown / red with disappearing head. Aroma is dark fruits / malts / nutty. Taste is hoppy with lots of carbonation. Would drink this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (9851) - 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9474) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (5988) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2007
500ml bottle from Sainsburys. Reddish chestnut with a cream head; berry fruit aroma; good body with a syrupy fruitiness, and a toasty bitter finish; a definite hint of blackcurrant - my favourite berry - makes this an excellent beer in my opinion.

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