Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Porter
Alva, Central, Scotland


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RATINGS: 1737   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2003
The name might create disapointment for Imperial stout lovers, as there are far more "engine oil" like beers around. Just remember its a Scottish ale. My bottle opened in silence but poured with mellow carbonation, a small, lacy tan head and a nice coffee color. I smelled herbal, grass aromas, segueing to cookies, malt, and toffee. Full mouthfeel, rich delicately sweet caramel, raisins, coffee, chocolate and a refined nutty flavor I love in UK ales. Lasting, lightly bitter finish, sweet, but crisp and not at all syrupy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Godfather50 (219) - SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2017
Rorys Birthday bottle. Pours dark brown with soft head. Nice rounded mouthfeel, malases soft brown sugar, roasted malt, smoked wood. Creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fules (970) - Gyngys, HUNGARY - JAN 20, 2017
Kicsi, nem tl tarts hab, fekete szn. Illata csokis, kvs s aszalt gymlcss. Csokis, kvs, aszalt gymlcss zekkel indt, majd szraz, fanyar gymlcsssg jn elő, aztn hossz prklt malts aromval fut ki. Kzepesen testes, kzepesen keserű, enyhn sznsavas. Nem rossz, de a kifutsa nem igazn tetszik.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (1419) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2017
Bottle. Virtually Black in colour. Very Malty; dark bitter chocolate, espresso coffee, roast malts, caramel, liquorice. Fruity; slightly sour (berries). Hoppy; earthy hops. Viscous, oily; aptly named beer. Roast chocolate malty throughout with a sour fruity hoppy edge. Dry roast finish. Very nice beer! (2014-09-07)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (9669) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2017
[email protected], Copenhagen - Black pour with tan head. Roasted and sweet malty with prominent chocolate, some caramel, hoppy backing, sweet roasted malty close.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (1233) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2017

Slight/medium aroma of malts, caramel, dark fruit, chocolate, molasses, roasted malts and smoke.

Opaque black beer with a slight/medium brown head.

Starts slightly/medium sweet with malts, caramel, dark fruit, chocolate and molasses; ends slightly bitter and dry with roasted malts and smoke.

This beer is rather intense, complex and balanced. Like the other beers in this family, the taste is not outspoken at all. Still it manages to hit all the right spots for me, even for its severely lower abv than their other old ales. I can see why this falls under Porters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cool_Bond (2438) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2016
Lovely aromas of coffee, chocolate and soy. The taste is just as good. Wonderful bitterness that fills the mouth for a long time. Exquisite and tasty beer. Follow me @ Kung av l @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GSAP (719) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2016
Notities: lichte rook in aroma en smaak. Licht verbrand? Ook boze in aroma, kruidenbitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchad56 (396) - - DEC 24, 2016
Bottle - jet Black, decent tan head - dissipates to small head. Good coffee / chocolate aroma. Slight ting on tongue, though decent density. Good tasting, very drinkable, coffee / chocolate with good finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hauxe (520) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2016
Pours virtually black from the bottle. The head is frothy and lasts for the duration. An aroma of bitter, dark chocolate greets the nose Taste is bitter and tangy with strong roasted notes. Finishes with more dark chocolate. Medium bodied with a pleasant, creamy mouthful. Good solid stuff, but not necessarily something I would seek out again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
pricey290483 (760) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2016
not for me this one but wanted to give it a try as i had a bottle in my collection father in law liked it

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