overall
97
99
style
Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Porter
Alva, Central, Scotland

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1755   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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2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Poured black with a tan head that quickly diminished to hint of covering. Spicy aroma with a thin lightly carbonated texture. Flavor, light the whiskey cask age version, was a disappointment. While there was a hint of chocolate, what came through most was and earthy combination of ash and dirt like drinking soy sauce with a bitter finish. As bad as this was, it was slightly better than the whiskey cask age version.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4177) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 1, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2006 (Style 62/70) Bottle from Country Club Liquors, Bakersfield; Nose of chocolate, coffee, malts, and dark fruits; transparent dark brown, same shade but not opaque like old engine oil; flavor of smoky coffee, with a little sour finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Bottle. Nose-maple syrup, bakers chocolate, hay, sawdust, coffee, slightly lactic. Dark chocolate colored with a few bubbles. Taste-cold coffee grounds, lactic, peaty smokiness, light chocolate, grassy. Not too bad. Better than the BA version.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7610) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2006
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Prives Biropholie. Arme: Odeur de chocolat et dalcool. Apparence: La couleur est brune trs fonc avec une faible densit de bulle. Prsence dun mince col beige mousseux et dune large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de caf et de petits fruits foncs. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Prsence de caf en arrire got. (Rating #530)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabjork (692) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 12, 2006
Bottled. Black in colour. Minnor beige head, lacings. There is a chocolate like smoky aroma from this one with hints of caramel. The flavour consists of burnt malt and its quite dry. It has a sweet aftertaste, mainly of burnt malt.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle; Dark reddish brown with nut brown head. Vinous chocolaty aroma with light hints of smoke. Malty sweet flavor with strong licorice. Viscous fullbodied with low carbonation. Excellent mouth feel and an overall very enjoyable beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (8358) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2006
(Bottled) Colour is very dark brown with ruby hints, opaque, with huge (but diminishing), frothy, brown head. Nose is roasted and dominated by chocolate and cocoa. Taste is huge, dominated by roasted malt, dark chocolate and sweet liquorice, some hints of cherries in brandy. Starts sweet, turns drier and more roasted towards the finish. Nice hoppy bitternes in the finish, but the taste is dominated by chocolate and liquorice. Medium to full body, huge taste but smooth and creamy. Brilliant balance! Very nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 (Bottle BB 04/2008) Coffee, roasted (burned) malty and licorice aroma with a hint of alcohol. Dark brown (slightly reddish) colour and small, brownish, very slightly lasting head with a hint of lacing. Coffee, burned, licorice and slightly sweet flavour. Soft carbonated and medium to full-bodied palate. 10/03/07 (original rating was 7/4/8/5/15)

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (7945) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2006
11-oz. Yeah, they named it right. Ive wanted to try one of these for a while--pours beautiful obsidian black and takes its time setting up a modest, slightly lacy off-white head. The stuff sits totally still in the glass for a second, and then little bubbles rise; theyre like sea monkeys. Given the achievement in color that this beer reaches, its a wonderfully understated, easy-going beer to drink. It smells just a bit of malt and toast, and then attacks with nice roast and coffee and a little sour finish. Fantastic stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1929) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Bottle: Now, this is a beer. This is what I always imagined the Scots drinking in their local pubs - not some McEwans IPA. It is oily black with a brown head, very much like the oil drained from your oil pan. It has malty aromas of alcohol, sweet and somewhat spicy chocolate. The taste is balanced well (as the commercial description says). The range is from a flat chocolate taste to a nice smoky bitter finish & aftertaste. The alcohol flavor is detectable even though it is only 6%. I really enjoyed this one!


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