Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Porter
Alva, Central, Scotland


on tap

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RATINGS: 1746   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Pours an almost opaque black with no head. Nose is like old tar from a tree. Just very earthy and resin like. Raisins. Slight touch of dried out wood that still holds a fragrance. Flavor is smooth. Definite raisins there. Nice aged woody flavor. Thick with character. Feel is good. Slight bubble, but an otherwise thicker texture over the tongue. Very drinkable. More of a sipper, but a nice aged old ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Pour: dark chocolate. Head: creamy, medium tan, thin. Aroma: sweet, roasty, coffee, molasses, vanilla. Flavor: not as complex as nose, roasted. Palate: medium bodied. Finish: a little more abrupt than I would have liked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
begbie100 (181) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 14, 2007
0,33l bottle. Small toffee coloured medium head, flatteness fast. Aroma is sweet roasted malt, raisins, chocolate. Very dark reddish, almost black. Palate is medium thick, not much carbonate. Flavour starts with sweet roasted malt taste. Also hint of some vegetables.. peas or grass? Aftertaste is pleasantly bitterish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2371) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
11.2 oz bottle purchased at the Holiday Wine Cellar. The brew filled my glass as an opaque brown with a short lived layer of creamy foam topping. The initial aroma is a dark roasty malt presence with notes of fresh coffee. The drink is smooth and relaxed with a creamy texture and a flavoring of roast malt and coffee. Okay stuff to be had one or a couple of times.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdelljh (155) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2007
over-the-top chocolate flavor. very full bodied. definitely lubed my innards. a little bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2007
bottle - Pours black with a thin tan head. It smells mostly of roast malt plus a little coffee. The flavor is roasted malt with some chocolate and mild hops. Medium bodied and light on the carbonation, it goes down easy. Im a little surprised this rates higher than the bourbon barrel version as I prefer that one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (3041) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Pours out dark red with minimal head. Aroma is chocolate malt with a hint of merlot smoothness. Thick and chewy definite chocolate malt in the taste, but very smooth as if drinking wine. Does not have a wine bite in the finish, but instead a faint roastiness. Very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 01/23/2002
Mode: Bottle
Source: Whole Foods Market

Brown with ruby highlights, thin tan head, sweet malt aroma with a touch of floral hops, big body, rich malt flavor, lots of chocolate, touch of bitterness
-------- /> Date: 02/16/2005

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Score: **4
-------- /> The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tranquillity (2104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2007
Incredible, thick, beige/light-brown head. Chocolatey aroma, some menthe. Taste dense of chocolate and malt, without being too sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - AUG 21, 2007
Bottle at the BrewHouse, in Norwalk CT. black as oil, off white head. Aroma was sweet with a nice roasted malt aroma, almost like a oatmeal stout. Some notes of dried fruits too. Flavor was little bit of a disappointment after the welcoming aroma. It was tasty but not as rich as i hoped. Still had nice dried fruit notes, cocoa and a slight hop finish. Found this to be better then the special reserve of this beer.

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