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

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RATINGS: 1609   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
Bottle (330ml). Almost opqaue ruby-black with a decent lasting foamy light brown head. Sweet lightly burnt caramel malt, sour cherry and apple, roast nuts and a hint of soap. Quite a bit of hardwood smoke in the flavour, again the overroast malt, tart fruit and nuts, hint of pure cocoa - has an average porter body and is rather still, not much of a linger on the palate. An solid porter, maybe more oomph, but nice roastiness to it, although the finish is almost candyish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2006
Bottle. Black, small beige head. Grain and sweetness in aroma, with some roast. Nice sweet flavour, some hops, more roast - lots of dry chocolate malt. Decent porter, mild burnt flavour and a great name.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 2, 2006
12 oz bottle. Poured an opaque black color with a bubbly tan head that laced the glass. Subtle malty caramel nose with a hint of chocolate. Very smooth with chocolate, molasses, and caramel flavors. There is also a hint of anise. Sweet, especially the finish. Delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
86budyyr (2) - Kansas City, USA - FEB 1, 2006 does not count
from the bottle pours dark brown, leaves very little head. Lighter bodied then I expected but good flavor. Chocolate and malt finish. Worth a try!

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 31, 2006
bottle from chevy chase liquors. pours with tons of yeast-floaties (i wasn’t expecting them, and they’re everywhere), a very dark brown, a head that quickly subsides. aroma is booze, very rich malt, dark fruit. medium body... flavor is a weird sort of watery smoothness...caramel, chocolate, no roast, and yet doesn’t end sweet. just enough hops. not bad, but i wish the yeast had stayed at the bottom of the bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
Plums, dates, raisins and figs are outspoken in the doughy and nutty aroma along with plenty of powdered chocolate. Darkest brown coloured body with very dark ruby highlights is topped by a generous, if large bubbled, brown head that lasts throughout and leaves some lacing. Fruity and doughy flavours are joined by a musty, damp character and a pleasantly chalky roasted malt character that cuts through the sweetness and leaves some lingering bitterness on the tongue along with a curiously refreshing note of mint. Medium body with pretty lively carbonation - not quite strong but very apparent. Half pint glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle (Main Street Party Store, Ann Arbor, MI, Jul-05).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4018) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Bottle from the Spirit Haus. smokey, roasted coffee and cocoa maltiness dominate this one in aroma and flavor. very nicely balanced with a littl hop presence on the palate. very nice and one my favorite beers to come out of Scotland.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7382) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a nice cocoa colored head. Rich malt aroma with a hint of chocolate. Sweet toffee malt flavor with slight hop presence. Medium bodied with a nice balance.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Old Engine Oil pours to a jet black color with a thick tan head and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is rich and complex with a multitude of aromas. Big aromas of chocolate malt, coffee, caramel, and nuts marry with hints of roast. The palate is creamy and silky on the tongue with lots of big malty flavors. Flavors of dark chocolate, sweet malt, coffee, toffee, and roasty flavor fill the mouth. Old Engine Oil finishes with more big, complex malty and roasty flavors, and just slight hop bite. Wow. This is one impressive selection and one complex, delicious, satisfying beer. The malt character of this beer is wonderful, and the silky smooth and creamy body comes from the additions of oats. Stylistically this beer almost pushes into the porter/stout category, but it really is a dark and roasty old ale, coming in at 6% abv. When poured into the glass it is jet black, but when held to the light, you see this beer is really a beautiful, bright, deep tawny brown color. I was very impressed with this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Had this at Ship Inn, Milford NJ, it’s a big thick dark kind of beer with a tan head that has a balanced hop profile and roasty malt flavor. Smells, looks, and tastes like old engine oil, so I gave it a few extra points for the clever name.


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