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

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RATINGS: 1492   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 25, 2004
Gotta love the name, anyway. Head looks like frothy chocolate milk foam; not a strong, but somewhat nutty and chocolatey nose; a bitter-sweet chocolate flavor, rich and full bodied brew with coffee and burnt toast flavors. I could use a bagel with this (and maybe dash of cream). Interesting and tastey, a good wake-in-bake-first-one in the morning brew, but I could probably drink only one at any given time.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2004
I dunno, I just didnt like this very much overall. Dark in colour with a thin to medium brown head. The nose is sweet and malty pretty good smelling. The taste is sweet and suggary right off but finishes kind sour. The body is somewhat thin and wattery. Overall, I just dont think that this stuff is too drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Black with red hi-lites. Big tan head. smoky aroma, oatmeal coffee and chocolate flavor lead to a soft finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8718) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2012 Harviestoun describe this as an unusual name for an unusual beer. I can certainly see why they called it Old Engine Oil. The aroma, appearance and taste make you think of oil. That however, bizarrely enough, is not a bad thing. This is a beautifully black beer with a loose head. The smell is somewhat oily but the flavour is fantastic. Alcoholic, smooth, oily (again), chocolatey, prunes, clean and very moreish. This is a quality beer. Score 4.3
Subsequent ratings scored 3.8, 3.7 and 3.9. Average becomes 3.9

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2004
On tap at Hilltop Ale House. A good looking solid black color and tan head. A nice blend of smoky wood, peat, and even choclate in the nose. Smooth on the palate with an immediate sweetness. A roasted coffee flavor builds in the finish along with the bitterness. More oil wanted.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
skaughty (644) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Very unique! Quite simple to analyze though...if you like dark chocolate - this is for you! Malty, thick and smooth. The aroma (stroing alcohol) didn't seem to match the flavor (no alcohol in taste). Absolutely worth a try, even though the bitterness is not for me.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Terrific beer! Robust bitters, smooth maltiness. Definite chocolatey-ness. Full bodied. Not overly intense. A pleasant pour.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Tasted side by side with the Special Reserve. This was better. Beautiful black body with tan head. Aroma a mix of dark chocolate and coffee which was evident in the flavor. Quite good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Dark drown with little head. Sweet aroma of toffee/molasses. Taste has that scottish ale character with a sweet molasses addition.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2004
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.


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