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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Porter
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 1757   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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3.9
pootzboy (1804) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2008
330ml bottle Decanted a deep dark chestnut color with a 3 finger mocha colored meringue cap...moderate head retention, laces well. Modest carbonation The Nose: bitter chocolate, dark roasted husks and sour cherry with a wisp of musty wet hay. Delightful..almost like a flavored stout. Profile: Roasty-malty body balanced by grassy kent golding bittering and the patent malt husk astringence. Midway you get some complexity with berry fruit tastes, figs, cocoa, tobacco, licorice. Finishes wet and goes slightly to the sweet side with lots of lingering chocolate-cherry tastes. A lovely dark beer ...not in character with an "old ale" at all...had i tried this blindfolded, I’d have pegged it as a chocolate-porter.

3.8
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2008
330ml bottle. Pours very viscous, black colour, with virtually no head. No light can get through when held up. Aroma: fruity, roasty, almost like a mild Imperial Stout. Taste: Wow, different, very sweet, almost sour, chocolate, roasted malts, delivered in a very smooth, creamy, thick liquid. The sourness is almost like that of a lambic brew, somewhat tart, which I know can be a characteristic of some old ales. Powerfully bitter in the finish from the roasted malts. Very impressive.

3.6
tomthompson89 (1983) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2008
black dark amber color, some tan head not much, nose is choc and roasted malt, maybe a little molasses flavor is semi-sweet choc, bitter coffee, and some lactic sour pit fruit flavor, nice beer. bought from Lcbo

3.5
TheJester (2543) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2008
330 mL bottle. (Best before March ’09). Very dark chestnut brown with a ring of brown head. Lots of roast in the aroma, but no acidity or bitterness. There is roast in the flavour as well, along with some semi-sweet chocolate and a little dark fruit. Slight bitterness at the finish, although it’s as much from the roast as the hops. Quite smooth and creamy. Lightly carbonated, and a medium to full body. Great name, decent beer. I expected a little more bite and complexity.

3.8
NachlamSie (3570) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Bottle. This stuff is pretty black with a small tan head. It doesn’t appear overly viscous, but has nice lacing and a fairly dense body. The aroma is sweet with pleasing hints of chocolate, molasses, plums, a bit of leather, and dark bread. Flavor highlights rich chocolate with soft suggestions of ripe fruit. Hops come out in the finish every so slightly and give a wimpy edge to the sweet body. This is a pretty darn tasty brew. The overall mesh of qualities makes an insanely drinkable beer. My only complaint, and this is probably only spurred by the claim of "old engine oil" is the comparatively light palate. I preferred it to the special reserve stuff, however, and I will most likely buy again and enjoy.

4.3
pxii (12) - Stånga, Gotland, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2008
330ml Bottle Very black with a beige head, Smooth Chocolate, Coffee flavour with a long aftertaste.

3.1
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2008
pours pitch black with a frothy tan head,roasty chocolate malty nose,med mouth feel roast coffe/chocolate light bitter finish,clears the palate rather quickly..good but nothing unbelieveble.

4
gam (4078) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2008
Pours dark brown almost black with lite beige head that is small leaving some lace and froth in the glasses middle.Carbon good.Aroma chocolate,coffee malt roasted,a spicy touch,flavour roasted coffee and some fruit notes.Good bitter this reminds me of Guinness Export one of my favourites,finish is malty and mellow,very good.

3.9
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2008
Bottle. Pours pitch black, oil black with a beige head. Aroma is roast malts, coffee, dark fruits, vinous. Taste is chocolate, smooth, coffee, malts. Finish is bittersweet, long lasting aftertaste.

3.8
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Carlus12. Chocolate and coffee nose. Some roasted malts also present. Pours a dark thick beer. Taste is silky, malty, roasted elements. Some hops in the finish giving a bitter sweet tast overall.


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