Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Porter
Alva, Central, Scotland


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RATINGS: 1735   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Black as, well, old engine oil with a nice beige head. Malty, chocolate aroma begs you to take a sip. Smooth and absolutely delicious. Semi-sweet chocolate entry leads to a creamy full finish with bitter coffee and ash. One of the best beers Ive tried in a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (1286) - 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 (9665) - 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 (1220) - UTRECHT, 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 (2433) - 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 (717) - 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 (515) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
comperchris (115) - - DEC 17, 2016
Pours a lovely jet black with soft cream head. Smells of molasses and treacle. Tastes of coffee, chocolate with a sweet finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blastomorpha (93) - - DEC 17, 2016
Aroma is not its strength, but in mouth is very satifsying. Roasted malts, a very little bit of chocolate, and a lot of liquorice. With a full body, low carbonation, oily and thick texture feels like a melted candy. Very nice porter.

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