Panzuriel (1223) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice dark and roasted malt flavored beer. Very good and thick texture, silky smooth. Very very nice. A good aftertaste as well. Nice dark beer.
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Based on the name, I expected something strong with a lot of flavor. Based on the pour, my hopes dwindled fast. Very light, quickly diminishing head and I see light escaping from my glass (not like the old oil that comes out of my car). The taste surprised me though. roasted, coffee, tint of licorice finish and some nicely done hops that rounds things out nicely. Not as syrupy as I expected, but nonetheless, a very good beer.
mribm (445) - Hurley, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2004 11.2 oz. Bottle. Poured with a nice tan colored head that quickly faded. Sorta resembled engine oil in color, but it tasted much better. (Disclaimer: Please don't drink car engine oil at home.) This engine oil had a chocolatey, licorice malt flavor that wasn't too strong...it was just right. Very well balanced with the hops.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Just tried this on a hand-pull at a local tavern. Contrary to what the name suggests, this is not an opaque black beer. Nice strong aroma and tons of malt complexity. Not sure about the hop type ... Mt. Hood? I love hand-pulls and this was positively delicious. I am not sure, however, how it would translate into the bottle.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
If this is íengine oilí, Iíll take an oil change any day. This was a pleasant schwarzbier-ish quaff full of malty flavors and character that tasted nothing like 10W30. Goes down smooth and mild.
TheBeerGod (4901) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2003 This surprised me. Was expecting something similar to McEwan's Scotch Ale. Got a cross between Guiness Draught and Fraoch Heather ale. Very dark in color-brownish black like engine oil. Coffeish and heather tastes throughout. Goes down smooth. Perfect segue between a stout and a Fraoch Heather Ale. Maybe not for beginners, but still recommended.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
No head to speak of, this beer was a great darker than expected Scottish ale. Full of character and a great aftertaste.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Possibly one of the most distinct beers Iíve ever had. The color is deep ruby, but not black. The aroma is intense; full of toffee, dark fruit, roasted malts and light candy. The dark caramel flavor doesnít quite follow suit, but offers a very creamy mouthfeel - if not the very full body indicated by the name! Hops are present but well integrated. A very drinkable beer, full of great character but not overwhelming; although Iím not sure Iíd want to drink too many of these in a row!?! Definitely a Scottish-style ale, but also something else altogether. Wow!
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted malty aroma. Smooth on the tongue. Good malt balance. Easy to drink.
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma incorporates an amazing blend of cotton candy, underlying chocolate, subtle coffee, and light perfumey hops. It is hard to discern anything very specific, which seems to make this rather unique. Ring of light tan lace atop red-brown liquid. Flavors of crystal malt, berries, and licorice. Palate is very soft and round. Notable hop bitterness for the style. Fruity finish. I donít understand why this receives the poor ratings. Sure, it is nothing íover-the-topí, but the complexity and quality is evident, IMO.