The_Osprey (5742) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2016
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at The Swan, Hammersmith, last week as ’Harviestoun Old Engine Oil’, 4.5% version. Black with a red hue, no real head. Aroma is light smoke, earthy. Body is rounded, oily, low carbonation. Taste is coke, sugary, light smoke astringency, some apple peel, no real bitterness. Too sweet for me. Weird estery apple and astringent smoke. I find this a bit ponderous. Doesn’t come together that well.
Stuu666 (9989) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the haymarket. Pours black, nose liquorice, chocolate, taste is sweet, toffee, liquorice, doesn’t benefit from the drop in abv.
ianwelby (1042) - SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black ale with a thin brownish head. Light, malty aroma. Bitter taste of malt and coffee with a hearty, earthy aftertaste. I could have gone a bit more sweetness but it’s nice.
fsquirrel29 (83) - Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definitely a favorite. Daughter got it for me as a present & I would definitely get it again.
Buongiorgio00 (934) - - DEC 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Una buon ibrido tra una porter e una old ale denso e quasi burrosa, con note intense di caffé, cioccolato, leggero cocco e una sfumatura amara.
SlackerMads (2779) - DENMARK - NOV 11, 2014
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Cask. Dark brown close to black with a medium sized frothy beige head. Taste is mostly sour with some light acetone and lactic flavours. Buttery mouthfeel. No thanks.
gegwilson (3033) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was delighted to see this on the bar at the Carlisle Wetherspoons as the full strength version is a favourite. Poured mahogany with a tan head. Starts a little sharp and thin, but the flavour really kicks in in the aftertaste with delicious chocolate and coffee notes that are reminiscent of the original. The lower ABV makes it very easy drinking. Good beer.
BeerViking (3982) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Ealing JDW, near black with a lasting tan head and aromas of coffee and wine. Ashy-dry and fruity, with light cocoa and plumminess, a burnt bitterness. Delicious.
harrisoni (16927) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask handpull at Lord Moon of the Mall Spoons. Black beer lasting tan head. Chocolate and roast malt on the aroma. It’s good condition. Finish has roast some toast. Quite a dry beer. Quite a decent dark beer.
vanvenlo (1703) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vintage Cellars bottle(18-Oct-2014)Sweet choc herbal aroma.Black,solid brown head&sheet lacing.Sweet choc herbal flavour. Bitter dark chocolate herbal finish&metallic herbal choc aftertaste.