Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Porter
Alva, Central, Scotland


on tap

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RATINGS: 1736   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2007
Rich is the word to describe this one. Sensational aroma of complex chocolate (not the 1D choc flavours you get in a lot of beers), Christmas cake, sea air, salty rauchbier smoke, plummy esters, a tiny hint of hop and that distinct British yeast character. Rich, round cocoa flavours with subtle burnt toast and a slightly sweet finish. A bit more bitterness would make this great. Fantastic mouthfeel - dusty, soft and round but with a faint booziness sadly. This was in really great condition for a UK bottled beer. Top stuff. The comparison to Men of Norfolk is inevitable here I think, and I think I prefer Men of Norfolk, but this type of beer really works for me. Thanks heaps Linc!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 19, 2007
Very black pour. Very nice beer with a great bitter finish for a dark beer. Almost a porter. Lots of chocolate. Texture is oily and thick, almost rubbery. I like pilsnerrogges comment "like Guinness but with more balls".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (14896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 17, 2007
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 Bottle (Kaisla, Helsinki) Jet black,no head. Plum aroma quickly becomes bacon very quickly. And once youve got the smoky bacon idea in your head, youll sense it every time you lift the glass to your lips. Deeply burnt but also quite milky. Subtle but also quite insistent stoutness. Perfectly balanced.
Harviestoun Old Engine Oil = Inhale it, soon over-indulge.
-- Anna

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1871) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Great caramel malty aroma and color. Nice slightly sweet. Tried at Pizza Ports Real Ale festival from bottle. Absolutely loved the special reserve version of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2007
At the Taphouse in Hampton. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt and fine scotch. Taste is much the same with a dry, alcoholic finish. Palate is a bit thin. Interesting, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Furseth (2132) - Kunglv, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2007
Bottle: Black colour, flat head. Aroma of lots maltyness, there for werry sweet,flowery,parfume nose. Flavor is a nice mix of maltynes and a citric,sharp alc finish, som dark choclate,and some rasin is there to.Medium body,medium finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2007
11.2 oz bottle-Poured black w/no head & some decent lacing. Looks like a stout from the pour; has a carbonated, roasted malt aroma. Had a sweet flavor of molasis & roasted malt to it, some chocolate but not a lot. Carbonation is quite evedent. I guess I was expecting this to be a stout from the name & the pour, but it doesnt taste like one at all. Was pretty good though. Long carbonated finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pilsnerrogge (2868) - Finspng, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2007
[bottle] The colour is black and the head is dense. Coffee and cocoa aroma. Flavour is very roasted with notes of coffee, still very smooth and drinkable. Tastes a lot like Guinness but with more balls.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deserthero (9) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2007 does not count
very well balanced. bottle. pours black with copper highlights. very thin to no head. aroma is very faint smells mostly of chocolate and smoke. starts with a tingle as to suggest alot of carbonation but the head says otherwise. but urgently turns to a silky chocolate and then a smoky hop flavor that lasts. after the bottle i noticed my mouth was really dry. i dont know what that means so i wrote it. overall i think it would make a great day to day beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (8063) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2007
Bottled. Inky pour with creamy tan suds. Richly chocolatey aroma and flavour with hints of smoke and vanilla. Roasty, smooth, and bittersweet. Creamy cocoa smoothness drying into a charred malt/bitter hop finish. Lingers with some warming alcohol and Marmite yeastiness.

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