zathrus13 (1691) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Veey black, with slight roasted malt and coffee aromas. Taste is very similar to the smell. Also, itís very smooth, but not to adventerous.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 From the bottle at Yeomanís Road Pub in Tampa.
Dark as the inside of sealed box in a deep cave........at midnight. Toasty and roasty flavored with slight chocalte coffe undertones. No bitterness at all. Very mellow almost porter-like for an ale.
I loved it.
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A black beer with a fine oil brown head. The aroma is sweet and roasted. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted bread. A lovely beer.
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty and smooth. Not too sweet and richer than Belhaven Scottish. This has just become my substitute when I canít get Wee Heavy.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is malty and rich. Flavor is of soy, leather and roasted malt.
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
07.21.04 On tap at Ship Inn brewpub. Mahoganey color; massive head; thick, sticky lace. Sweet, sugary nose like chocolate candy; roasty. Flavor has a strong roasted malt character and big retronasal alcohol presence. Pitch, resin are serious players here, too. Aftertaste hints at fennel. Iím not as wowed as I had hoped to be.
IndianaRed (2186) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2004 Bottle Pours very dark, nearly black with a small deep tan head. Very little lacing as well. Looks like a stout. Served it to cold maybe.Aroma is of sweet dark chocolate and grape jelly. Coffe as well but the sweetnes barely lets it out. Taste is coffee, licorice and burnt wood up front, then the coffee and charcoal comes through. Lacking the harsh bitterness of dry or imperial stouts. Palate is awsome. Feels like it should pour like motor oil. Thick heavy smooth. Little or no bitter aftertaste.
Very yummy. Like a sweet porter.
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - JUL 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great beer! Small head, and great lacing on the glass. A fine blens of chocolate and coffee. and with only 6% you can drink a few with no ill effects. Just donít be thrown by the name "OLD ENGINE OIL" is a fantastic beer!
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beauty wants to be an imperial stout. Very impressive. I had to purposely keep myself from chugging this one. Pours black as night with a thin orange colored head. As this warms up, it gets more and more aromatic. Smells of bourbon, toffee, coffee and chocolate. The taste is malty and full with some caramel notes. Has a bitter note of dark chocolate in the finish. I will defnitely get this one again.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUL 9, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of, if not the best import beer at the 2004 Japan Beer Fest. A dark ruby color with mild roasty tones, complex malt profile. Very good!