DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coffee, chocolate aroma, deep brown, a trace of burgundy, very small toffee head, almost no activity. Intense liquorice, coffee and bitter chocolate flavours. Extremely full bodied, great roasted bitterness. Big, bold and beautiful!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a thin lacing tan head, but not dark enough to conceal the large amount of coagulated yeast matter swimming within. Light caramel and peat malt and British hop aroma. Mellow bittersweet chocolate flavor is well balanced with a soft bitter hop touch. Palate has some thickness to it and a very faint smokey finish.
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good, dark, goes down very smooth. Has a pleasant chocolate flavor but keeps it subtle.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 19, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I found it thin for a scottish ale, certainly within type that is a strong malt presence. Not top of the class
raymow (775) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good, overall. Nice, dark color and foamy head. Sweet-tasting, nothing special in the aroma.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
I'm not sure why they call it old engine oil - maybe because that's the color of it, but it tastes just like it too. This beer is not enjoyable at all.
Frank (2304) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brownish black but not nearly the color the name implies. Thin bubbly head. Spots of lace. Smokey coffee aroma with a vinous note and a hint of old tires. Medium to full bodied sort of a slick greasy mouthfeel. Slightly astringent. Slightly vinous. Maybe a slight note of alcohol. More interesting than it is good.
omhper (18759) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Dark black, no head. Aroma of dark chocolate. Roasty and very malty with notes of licorice that lingers on into the grassy finish. Another good beer from this brewery.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - APR 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Eli Cannons in Middletown, CT. Beer is dark and umber brown, with very little head. Almost looks like cola. Aroma is very subdued, light english hops and a slight roasty aroma. Flavor is initially thin, then explodes with flavor at the back of the tongue. Bitterness from both roasted malts and prodigious hopping. Sweet in a strange dark chocolate kind of way. Very low carbonation. Hot stuff. Very similar to Old Peculier.
Ernest (6014) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2012 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (not opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain/nuts, chocolate/cocoa powder), with a note of vanilla. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation. Easy going and simple, but pleasant.