Harviestoun Tryd & Tested

Formerly brewed at Harviestoun
Style: Irish Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Bottled; Filtered.
Dark Beer.
Beer With Balls.
"A warming rich dark ruby beer with pleasant blackcurrant overtones. The balance of carefully selected dark malts produce a smooth deep fruity background for the hop character to shine through."
Contains barley, oats and wheat.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (24324) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2011
1st December 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! A nice crisp dark malt start followed by a pleasantly fruity hoppy finish, slightly bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2009
From notes. Bottle. Dark amber colour with a fluffy white head. Rich, fruity aroma. Dry with quite a lot of roasted malt flavour. Not really a fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (25814) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty caramel aroma. Sweet malty caramel flavor with some fruity hints. Sweet malty slightly roasted caramel finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle 500ml. Pours a rich chestnut colour with a medium beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, but I cant say that I picked up the blackcurrant overtones noted on the label. Tastes of good dark malts, a hint of something nutty, some fruitiness and a fine hoppiness. A decent pint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joe19612 (2856) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2008
500ml bottle from Sainsbury. Poured a deep brown chestnut colour with thick lwhite head. The beer had a malty hop aroma, nice hoppy taste in the taste. A very good beer to me,wish i had some more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3872) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2008
Bottle, from Sainsburys. Deep chestnut brown, good lasting off white head and moderate condition. Pleasant sweet chocolatey nose with hints of fruit and some peppery spiciness. Quite muted in the mouth with a gentle roasted bitterness initially dominant but some low sweetness emerging as it warms. Bitterness is again dominant but muted in the finish, although a hint of fruity berries is apparent towards the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9916) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2007
Good cream-coloured, fluffy head, pretty persistent over dark chestnut-coloured beer. Strange woodstainer aroma, fleetingly, then more wood and coffee. Finally dry hops and faint cardemom. All in all a pretty complex and layered nose. Hops, my good Doctor, hops! Noble English ones caress the yearning WoostePattyn palate, as well as some dark malts, just enough to sustain. Faint black cardemom remains, but the beer is too weak - I was going to say "too British" - to have an as complex layered taste as its nose. Still pretty good! Light bodied, but nowhere empty. Harviestoun, undeniably amongst the best on the isles. Pg mo thin, it has balls - Jezza, you knew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (23950) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle at home ... deep copper ... musty hop with a little malt nose ... woody slightly smokey dark malts ... little nutty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gowdy (1085) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2007
earthy, spruce, bread, brown, hazy, aminimal head, full body, sticky, soft carbonation, bitter,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5712) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2007
Bottle from Sainsburys. I dont get excited at seeing a new Harviestoun, yet I enjoy their beers when I have them. I think I associate the brewery too much with the lackluster and over-rated Schiehallion and Bitter & Twisted, and forget that they are capable of also making some dark and tasty beers with balls. Harviestoun call this a Dark Beer, and while it looks amber, it certainly has the roasted notes of a stout, making this a Red Ale (sometimes also called an Irish Ale as thats where it was first identified). This is a spanking tasty beer with lots of roasted malts and a healthy dose of bittering hops. Satisfying and delicious. A good one.

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