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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtw (1098) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2004
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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2004
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Good slightly roasted aroma. Nice roasted flavor throughout with just a hint of malt. A nicely balanced porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (3991) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2004
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewbear (48) - 3096 Oberbalm, SWITZERLAND - JAN 23, 2004
nice black colored but redish stout, some chocolate aroma, nice maltiness, robust bitternes ,long lasting aftertase. Don't drink it cold! A delightfull brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NJBeerman013 (1050) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2004
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2488) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Small light brown head that fades quickly. Black like... ummm like old engine oil? Whiskeyish, phenolic nose. Med/full body, creamy mouthfeel. Roast, earthy, wood flavors and a touch of smoke also. Finish is long,roasty, medium sweet with hints of chocolate and wine.

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