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style
Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Porter
Alva, Central, Scotland

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1764   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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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkhans (50) - Bangor, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Nice pour thick head slight carbonation nice smoky roasted chocolate malt flavor. Good beer. Sweet stout, the hops doesnt overpower, good balance in flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2007
11.2oz, no date. Pours a deep dark ruby with a one finger beige head. Aroma is a bit milk chocolatey, with some old cacao beans, caramel, toasted and roasted malts and some coffee. Smells like a sweet stout, actually, but since there are fifty styles of old ale, well run with the latter. There is also a bit of oxidized paper, molasses, and port. Flavor has a bit of tobacco, light acidic tang, roasty chalky malts, a bit of bakers chocolate and a dry finish. Mild to moderate bitterness noted. Low carbonation, medium to full body. This beer was a pleasant surprise.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stefano (2002) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2007
Dark brown with a frothy head. Aroma is musty and oxidized, with some sweet brown sugar and molasses. Flavor is of dark roasted malts, toffee, sweet caramel and charcoal with some oak barrel undertones and vanilla. Pleasantly hopped finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JAN 19, 2007
2002 vintage -11.2 oz. bottle - color of black , tan thin head - nose of prunes , leather , angave (tequila) , seaweed , rootbeer and malts taste of portish , prunes , brown sugar , over ripe yellow apples and body creamy slightly acidic and carbonated aftertaste of apples and charred wood

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Bottled. Pours an opaque dark brown with a lasting tan head. Full body. Roasty malt in the nose and taste, with a touch of chocolate. Bitter finish builds a bit as the beer warms up.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Bottle via trade with stoutlover72, Thanks! Pours a dark brown almost black, with a smallish tan colored head. Aroma is chocolate, sweet roasted malts. Flavor is sweet roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee, some tartness. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter finish. Good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
richard (3) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2007 does not count
I purchased this at Lukas Liquor in St. Louis after searching southern IL without any luck. Harsh flavor at first; bitter but sweet; heavy in alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 3, 2007
In the bottle from Beertopia. I actually find this to be a better beer than the Special Reserve version. The unbalanced whisky flavor is not present in this one and the big chocolate taste can develop into its own. Has a high level of sweetness, but the malt sugar is kept in check with the roasted body well. This may be the only example that I know of where the barrel conditioning hurts the beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertGBG (109) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2007
faint smell of smoke, powerfull palate, metallic taste, some bitterness and some sweetness

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 1, 2007
11.2 oz bottle from wheninhell - thanks Andy! Pours black with a brown head. Nice, sweet, roasty malt nose, touches of raisin. Bittersweet chocolate flavors, lightly roasty malt. A bit of peat shows up in the finish. Nice, but could be bigger.


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