deserthero (9) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2007 does not count
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
very well balanced. bottle. pours black with copper highlights. very thin to no head. aroma is very faint smells mostly of chocolate and smoke. starts with a tingle as to suggest alot of carbonation but the head says otherwise. but urgently turns to a silky chocolate and then a smoky hop flavor that lasts. after the bottle i noticed my mouth was really dry. i dont know what that means so i wrote it. overall i think it would make a great day to day beer.
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Inky pour with creamy tan suds. Richly chocolatey aroma and flavour with hints of smoke and vanilla. Roasty, smooth, and bittersweet. Creamy cocoa smoothness drying into a charred malt/bitter hop finish. Lingers with some warming alcohol and Marmite yeastiness.
agl108 (992) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Zeno’s, Penn State. Poured deep brown with a ring of tan head. Very sweet chocolatey flavor. Smokey. Reminded me of a porter.
Capa (2556) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brown with ruby highlites and a large deep tan head. Candied malt malt, dark fruit, alcohol, lightly roasted coffee, and cocoa. Has a very smooth and creamy texture on its medium body. Flavor is bittersweet chocolate, toasted malt, smoke, and some dark fruit. Well blended with nothing overpowering the overall enjoyment. Finishes smooth and lasting. I had a great time with this one. Tasted side by side with the Special Reserve, the original being the better of the two.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark, nearly black, with faint hints of ruby peeking around the edges. The foam peaks at one finger then falls slowly to a thin soapy cap and ring. A nice webbing of lace is left behind after each sip.
Smell; mmmm..chocolate cake, with a little bit of alcohol mixed in. There’s also hints of some dark fruits, as well as a little bit of a smoky quality.
Taste; lots of dark chocolate and caramel malts, with a bit of toasted flavor. Some dates and prunes add some nice dark fruity flavors, and that smokiness some through in the flavor. None of the flavors are really overly strong, as a matter of fact they’re a touch on the mellow side, but the finish is nice and long and very smooth.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and a little on the creamy side, with a very smooth carbonation that only helps out in the drinkability department. I enjoyed this much more than I did the version aged in whiskey barrels.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: The coffee aroma is pleasing but way too light. Nice chocolate and coffee flavors. It also had a very easy drinking palate.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown with an average, tan head that mostly diminished and left just a tad of lace behind. The aroma was mostly mild coffee. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and bitter, while the finishwas moderately wsweet and lightly bitter. It had a medium body that was oily band slightly syrupy with lively carbonation and a sweet finish.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - APR 17, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Old Engine Oil is a rich auburn black with a small, dense, firm pink-brown head. The aroma is dry roasted and wooden. The palate is divine-- so smooth and thick! The flavor is of deep rich roast, lightly bittered and slightly chocolate. So damn good!
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle.dark pour with nice head that quickly dissolves to a very thin covering. very ight aroma of smoke with a touch of sweetness (plum and raisons). a bit of a sour taste at first but warms up in the mouth quickly bringing the fruit. I always welcome this beer in.
DrnkMcDermott (2972) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl bottle. Thick brown color, short-lived head. Deep coffee stout smell. Definitely stoutish in taste, but some Scots ale smoke character, and, according to their website, some American hops. Heady, yet not alcoholic, just stuffed with dried fruit, coffee, chocolate. Has all the complexity of a young imperial stout, with twice the alcohol of this bonnie brau
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. My first ole ale. Very sweet - porteresque. Enjoyable beer that does remind me of some homebrew in terms of mouthfeel and flatness. Chocolate, a bit winey, with a notable hoppy finish. A good beer.