SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, thick and opaque with very small head that diminishes rapidly. Rich molasses malt nose, coffee and dark dried fruits. Sweet prune and raisin flavors with tart hoppiness and bitter chocolate. Full bodied and creamy. Definitely unique ale.
jtw (1078) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark brown with a substantial beige head. intensely roasty and hoppy nose. very earthy body, with a definite roast backbone. finishes nice and hoppy, somewhat dry and bitter. very good beer!
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown with a modest tan colored head and fair lacing. There was a distinct metallic note initially that subsided leaving a slightly vinous molasses and chocolate aroma. Pretty rich in body, a bit smoky, with a decent bitter chocolate and hoppy flavor. Dry bitter finish that seemed more scorched than hoppy.
Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I find this one better than the special edition. Appearance is black with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, fruit, and charcoal. Flavor is raisins, dark malt, and charcoal again. Good stuff. And thanks again Beirmonk for yet another kickin' beer!
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good slightly roasted aroma. Nice roasted flavor throughout with just a hint of malt. A nicely balanced porter.
johndoughty (3716) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unlike the other beers I have tried from this
brewery which have been pale and fruity.More like a stout than a Scotish ale this has a hint of chocolate and coffee.Dark and warming-all round a refreshing dri nk.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown/black color with an off white lasting head. The beer was too cold when I started drinking it and the flavor seemed unbalanced and bitter. However, as the beer warmed the chocolate flavors really came through and it became much more palatable. Very nice!
brewbear (48) - 3096 Oberbalm, SWITZERLAND - JAN 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
nice black colored but redish stout, some chocolate aroma, nice maltiness, robust bitternes ,long lasting aftertase. Don't drink it cold! A delightfull brew.
NJBeerman013 (1043) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I origionally mistook this beer for a Stout. Very chochlatey with a bitter kick of hops. In the glass it is dark as midnight with a fluffy head. Very good indeed.
LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Seemed to be a beer with an identity crisis. Comes out of the bottle, with the look, character, and style of a stout. The name "Old Engine Oil" Seems to be more stout in name.
Yet the palate, sweet, and nutty. Which isn't bad or anything, just unexpected. It tasted more like a pale ale than it did a stout.
A very odd little scotch ale.