From Alva in Clackmannanshire. Luscious brown ale, mahogany under a beige rim. Big dark chocolate note right up front. Among the chocolate the twig hops provide bitter which is sustained as notes of date and fig show up.
There is a lot of graininess amongt the richness which, along with the hops, keeps this from getting flabby. Really rich and smooth with a good body. Highly BA approved though they call it an old ale when it is more a southern English brown.
Very moreish. Sadly, I have but one to open.