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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Porter
Alva, Central, Scotland

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1771   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.4
njduckman (6) - USA - JAN 6, 2008 does not count
Pours like its right out of the crankcase. Wonderful dark almost black color. Lots of coffee and choclate on the taste with just the right hoppy bit on the finish.

3.9
radagast83 (8012) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark oil (I wonder where the name came from) color. Aroma is chocolates and malts. The flavor is roasty and full of coffee and chocolates. Very smooth and has a nice creamy body to it.

3.7
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Pours nearly black with a smallish head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and a hint of hops. Mouth feel is thick and creamy. Flavor is mostly roasted with chocolate and a hint of coffee. A touch of hop bitterness rounds out the flavor nicely. A very good beer.

3.4
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Pours a deep, dark brown, almost black color into the dimpled mug. Scents of roasted malt and coffee. A thick, filling taste with chocolate, malt, espresso and slight hoppy bite in the finish. Wasnít as complex as I would have hoped for with this old ale.

3.8
cgarvieuk (24230) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 25, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2015 Bottle at home ... Rate Beer, Beer of the Day, Christmas Day 2007 ... Deep Solid Black with thin tight off white Head ... Lots of coffee and roast malts plus a little sptirit on nose ... Tad cold as i fetched out of storage as it was beer of the Day ... smooth and creamy ... Lots of chocolate little blackcurrent...

Heres to you all at Rate Beer this Christmas moring.

Bottle at home. Deep deep black,rich chocolate, deep roast malt little blackcurrent, little hop resin lot of chocolate. Cask Edinburgh bbeer fest 07 Deep black ... smokey nose ... rich smokey deep sweet roast ... lots fo coffee ... lots of chocolate ... smooth also 3.7 Bottle at home June 2015 bbf Mar 2009 ... deep brown .. thin tan lacing ... soft toffee woody ..light blackcurrant nose ... thin roast ... soft soya ... light cardboard fruit ... long blackcurrant3.5

3.8
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2007
On nitro at Nicholsonís. Pours a very dark brown with a nice quarter inch of head. Smell is malty and some cocoa. Taste is where a good amount of coffee shows up. There is a nice balance of coffee and chocolate. This is a easy drinker and goes down very easily. Well done.

4
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Nice roasted smoky aroma. The malt is big on the nose, but the sweetness isnít: Indicator of a well-balanced beer? Why, yes it is. The malt is the obvious highlight here, with nice chocolate roastiness and smoke, but it is balanced very nicely with the hops. Tastes like a stout, with a scotch ale kick. Smooth and medium-bodied, at just the right strength. A nice introduction before getting in to the Oaked/Reserve version of this beer.

3.6
dmac (6211) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2007
11.2 oz bottle purchased at Spirits RB. Pours a solid black with small tight bubbly carbonation clinging to the side of the glass and an inch of creamy beige head. Bitter sweet aroma of chocolate with some citrusy hops sweetness and burnt roastiness. Medium boided with lively carbonation that is easilly quaffable. Initial flavor is very sweet, almost a little too sweet, that fades into a nicely lasting raostines that lingers about for another minute or so. Would of liked this beer to have more body and alcohol considering the name.

3.3
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Draft at Beneluxx in Philly. Pours dark brown with a brown head. Medium bodied, but with a slight watery texture. Aroma of peat, chocolate, and wet grains. Flavor of caramel, chocolate powder, bread, and tobacco with some green apple mid palate. Finish has a slight sourness and astringency, with some dryness as well.

4.1
Maria (10212) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2007
If I had tasted this before and if I were a blond, which Iím not, I immediately would lie down under my car and try to empty the oil from the engine. I simply cannot understand, that this isnít a stout - so perhaps I AM a blond???? Itís a black beer with a brown hue and almost no head. Both the aroma and the flavour have notes of chocolate, roasted malt and licorice. he mouthfeel is quite oily and there is a nice, just right sweetness - yummi!!!


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