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


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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Cask: Special. This listing is for the cask version only, keg and bottles go under the normal 30 y/o

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (46696) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2010

Cask (handpump) @ The Rake, 14 Winchester Walk, London, Greater London England SE1 9AG.

Clear dark brown color with a small, fizzy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, beige head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, burnt, chocolate malt, smoke, tar. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy, carbonation is flat. [20100802]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (26019) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2010
[email protected] Rake. Pitch black colour, small brown head. Aroma is mild smooth whisky along with caramel malts, some wooden notes as well as vanilla and some mild toasted notes. Flavour is whisky, wooden notes, vanilla, mild fruityness, roast and some slight alcohol as well. Extremely pleasantly balanced and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (24797) - Malm, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2011
Cask @ The Rake, Borough SE1. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty smokey whisky aroma. Roasted malty licorice and smokey whisky flavor with hints of dark fruit. Has a roasted malty smokey whisky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (22702) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2015 CASK @ guilford solid black ...bubbly tan head ...light sweet toffee ... soft vanilla toffee roast ... def whisky linger ... rich soft deep ... little meaty Bat. Deep black... Light. Whisky... Solid riast dark malts.. Sift smooth silky body.. Mellow roast... Nice 4.1 Cask at ushers... Dark black.. Thin tan lacing.. Soft sweet chocolate roast.. Dark malts big soft whisky.. Light iodine nose.. Quite smoke.. Dark sweet malts.. Big iodine.. Dark chocolate roast

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (19883) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2015
Handpump at the WHOAF 2015 - London. Pours oily, mostly clear, deep brown with a small, bubbly tan head. Rich semi-dark malts in the nose, brown sugar, heavy peat, dried berries. Hearty sweet flavor with rich burnt malts, oily peat, charred wood, earth, slight vanilla. Full bodied, oily and chewy, with soft carbonation. Warm to hot on the finish, with lingering peat, smokey fire, burnt toast, scorched earth. Great depth. If you like peat, and I do, then you will love this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (18266) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2015
Cask at the White Horse Old Ale Festival, 19/11/15. Black with a moderate tan head of bubbles. Nose is rich chocolate, spice, tannins, dark fruit shreds, smoke, good whisky vibes, earthy. Taste comprises light peated malt, spice, dark malts, light charr, wooded notes, chocolate, raisens, toffee fudge. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a good boost. Solid well balanced whisky olde.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Scopey (13596) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2015
Cask, hand-pull at WHOAF 2015. It pours jet black with a tiny, bubbly tan head. The nose is so rich, sweet, oily, stewed dark fruits, fruit cake, eccles cake, vanilla, cherry bakewell, sweet roast, juicy whisky, heather honey and light smoked peat. The taste is slick, oily, unctuous, warming alcohol, eccles cake, earthy roast, charred wood, Neapolitan ice-cream, liquorice, rich roast, mocha, stewed strawberries, umami, rocky road, burnt toast and a touch of peppery spice with a dry, warming finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Slick mouth-feel. Staggeringly brilliant, great depth and yet somehow highly drinkability. Perfect for a whisky and beer lover. Exceptional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (11964) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 23, 2015
Cask at ushers. Pours black, nose is chocolate, oak, coconut, whisky, taste is sweet, rich, smoked sausage, toffee, vanilla, boozy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (10145) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2010
2010-12-03. Viscous black body, near headless. 3+ Strong flavour of alcohol and whiskey is a bit off-putting. Nice malty base but the alcohol and whiskey really dominates the flavour profile. Aroma is similar, alcohol, whiskey, light barrel notes. 6+ Smooth medium bodied is accompanied by a mild alcohol burn throughout. Solid, its a bit disappointing. Shows potential but ends up being too rough for me to handle. Cask at Coles, Buffalo
"...and Bob is very uncomfortable with children. Especially around his crotch." - Overheard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (10076) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2016
Cask at Andrew Ushers , Edinburgh, Sunday 20th March 2016 in the company of Dad, Barry, Craig, Stella, Jan and Charlotte. (courtesy of Craig, cheers mate!) Pours black (pitch black) lots of whisky on the nose, a touch boozy, I like it, great temperature, warming, nice silky smooth mouthfeel, lovely beer. A7 A4 T9 P4 Ov16 4.1

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