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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Porter
Alva, Central, Scotland

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1773   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
fattibobatti (246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2007
liquorloft tallahassee, extremely smooth. the pour was beautiful, pitch black with a small tan head. the aroma. aroma is heavy, sweet malt and chocolate. the taste is well balanced and smooth malt and chocolate. roast and sweet. finishes with no bitter after taste. the feeling on the tongue is thick and creamy. well balanced and complex.

3.7
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Pours a virtually black body with a foamy tan head. The foam settles slowly to a wispy film with a bubbly edge. Sudsy lace coats the glass well in a random fashion. The aroma shows baker’s chocolate, darkly roasted caramel, Coca-Cola, light molasses, and hints of coffee with cream. The flavor is considerably more roasty than the aroma indicates. Burnt caramel dominates, accompanied by bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. Nougat makes an appearance, as does a small amount of sweet molasses. The bitterness is more than I was expecting, especially on the lingering finish. Smooth, medium-full, slightly syrupy body. This is a decent brew, but I much prefer the whiskey-barrel aged version.

3.4
pforei (338) - USA - OCT 18, 2007
Bottle. Trappist glass. Dark brown almost black color with small tan head. Strong roasted chocolate malt aroma. Taste also has sharp coffee and strong whiskey taste. Medium to full bodied. Flare up of alcohol, whiskey, spice, and smoke/peat in the finish.

4.1
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Pours an oily dark brown with a tiny light brown head. Smells of roasty dark malts, some dark fruits, and nuts. Nice aroma. Tastes of dark toasted malts, roast, maybe even a touch of some smoke in there too. Nice full body, rich, and warming on the palate. Tastes almost like a smoked porter of some sort. Not really fruity, although you get a small touch of it up front, but in the end its all roast. I always enjoy this beer, never lets me down.

3.8
TET (3033) - Kaarina, FINLAND - OCT 6, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2014 An almost black beer with a medium and beige head. The aroma is roasted, coffee, nice sweetness, hint of smoke, chocolate and and turf. The smooth taste is not so roasted as could be expected. Taste has coffee, liquirice, hint of smoke, some berry like sweetness. Medium-bodied and oily palate makes this pleasant to drink. Pleasant and easy to drink, just to enjoy.

5
optimusAlex (7) - USA - OCT 5, 2007 does not count
definitely one of my favorites. originally bought it just for the name, but ended up loving the whole experience of this beer.

3.7
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Bottle. Pours almost black with ruby highlights and a one finger mostly lasting tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of chocolate, light roasted malt, and light caramel. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium full creamy mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness. Very good.

3.9
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2007
9/26/07 From the bottle. Aroma is dark fruit with chocolate forward, followed by a good roast malt tone. Appearance is black with a medium tan head. Flavor is roast with some black patent forward, then slight sweetness and lots of chocolate. This has the mellowed and combined complexity of a well aged brew. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, grainy, with a dry finish and no warmth. Overall, this is very good and has great complexity with no clashing.

4.1
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.

3.5
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.


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