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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Porter
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 1766   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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3.5
ogglethorp (919) - 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
richard (3) - O’Fallon, 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
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
RobertGBG (109) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2007
faint smell of smoke, powerfull palate, metallic taste, some bitterness and some sweetness

3.6
Immy (1958) - 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.

3.7
RoyceH (1200) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle. Rather dark, almost black, topped off with a large thick dark tan head. Smells thick (!) roasted malts by the bagful, coffee, espresso, cocoa, smoke and just the hint of coriander in the nose. Taste is very malty, a pleasure of malts, chocolate and just some winter fruits. Lasts well in the mouth, little bit bitter. Just a bit straightforward and inoffensive. Excellent, but no real surprises - does what it says on the tin.

3.6
POD (198) - USA - DEC 21, 2006
I’m on a roll selecting good after dinner beers lately. This one was a suprise that I picked up in a Beers from around the World sampler. Bottle claims the recipe is Celtic. Pour is dark brown with little to no head. Aroma is mostly malt. The taste is bitter. I taste carmel, cooking chocolate, and something tart on the verge of sour. All flavors are well balanced. Good beer.

3.7
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2006
12/16/06: Bottle.
Brown-black body with a creamy, smoky-tan head. Small amount of lacing – sticks to glass. Nose of roasted toffee with a touch of chocolate. Rich flavor: malts, caramel, some hops and a bit a unsweetened cocoa. Finish is slightly sour.

3.2
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2006
this was a pretty good beer. Very dark, with a bit of thickness. It’s very different from other old ales I’ve had. Very smooth and drinkable. Thought the intial aroma was very sour and sharp it weaken once it warmed a little.

1.8
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2006
stron apples oil dirty barleywine powerful alcoholz aroma. flat bacl oil in a glass. flavor is oddly more like grape soda with roast beans, stale, burnt hop finish, yech. flat and crappy palate. 2002 bottle. Thought an "old ale" should be able to stand up to age a little better but noting the abv, maybe not.


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