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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   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!

3.1
   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.

3.8
   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!

3.4
   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.

3.8
   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.

4.5
   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!

4.3
   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.

4
   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.

3.8
   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.

3.4
   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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