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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 1474   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Bottle: Filtered.
Ingredients: Pale malt; Roasted barley; Oats; Washington Galena, Worcester Fuggles and Kent Goldings hops.
A superb, rich, full-bodied beer derived from a 1970s homebrewing recipe. Wickedly smooth chocolate dominates the flavour, which is nicely balanced by the bitterness of the hops.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2004
Bottle. Black colour with nice head. Chocolate cake flavor! Very nice bitter finish. Good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Veey black, with slight roasted malt and coffee aromas. Taste is very similar to the smell. Also, itís very smooth, but not to adventerous.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2004
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29107) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2004
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Malty and smooth. Not too sweet and richer than Belhaven Scottish. This has just become my substitute when I canít get Wee Heavy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is malty and rich. Flavor is of soy, leather and roasted malt.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2004
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IndianaRed (2323) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 17, 2004
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - JUL 16, 2004
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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 14, 2004
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.


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