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


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RATINGS: 1479   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2647) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IndianaRed (2330) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5097) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUL 9, 2004
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 6, 2004
Inky brown with low carbonation. Carmel and malt nose. Carmel, milk chocolate, finishes w/slight bitter note, drying mouth feel. Berry of some kind hidden in mid-palate. Some sweetness with hoppy finish. Very enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2004
"Blackest hell, yes!" Very nice pour with a bit of head. Aroma is very malty and has some chocolate tint. Semi-sweet flavor with more chocolate and coffee. Tasted a bit more like a strong porter than an imperial stout... Scottish Ale?! Oh, well that makes a wee bit more sense then, donít it laddie?!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Black Coloring. White Head. Roasted Malt. Chocolate. Very Good Flavor to it. Special Reserve easily tops this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Bottle. Very dark, with ruby tinge when held up to the light. Tannish medium head. Aroma is roasted malts and chocolate. Very Flavorful. Roasty and Malty right up front with a bit of bitterness in the middle. Good sweet flavor, but not very heavy. Very good.

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