Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark, almost black, with a rich creamy head. Aroma is nutty, creamy and toffeeish. Deep tasting and roasty, with bitter chocolate and hints of coffee, backed up by subtle hoppiness. Smooth to the end. Finishes clean with more roast malt, coffee and chocolate.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2005 Ok ok lets re-rate this fellow then. Im drinking this at probbaly above room temp, and this is a good thing for this beer as both times before it has been weak and lacking structure. Initial aroma is HAM, seriously i mean like maybe an oak smoked, even maybe maple smoked ham, however as it sorts itself out chocolate and dark fruit characters start to some out. Chocolate with slight coffee notes and a wet bitter finish, far better than before finish is long also, far fuller bodied than before. This should be drank warm like most stouts not "straight from the fridge" as advertised.
Sobchak (131) - Skagen, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Cask at The Wharf, Aalborg) - Wery interesting in its complex treacle, raisin, hoppy sweetness, also wery appealing to the eye, with a almost black brownish colour and a thick creamy head.
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
[bottle from sainsburys] nose is woody, nutty, roasted malts with a good dose of chocolate. body is dissapointing, taste also has a little molasses in the finish. feels like the beer just isnt big enough to support the boldness it proclaims in the nose, still a good beer though
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured thick, viscuous and very dark with a thin dark head, moderate lacing. Aromas were toasted barley, dark bread, chocolate, dark fruit and raisins. Good indication of taste, which was wonderfully malty with notes of oats, brown sugar, barley, peat, espresso, banana, and a generous bitter hop finish. Excellent mouthfeel, thick and chewy, but supple. Fruity lingering finish. An excellent Old Ale, with the complexities of thorough aging.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. I’ve had a good few of these but always manage to drink them at the end of the night, when rating would be dangerously innaccurate. Dark brown to black. No real head. Aroma of coffee, blackest chocolate, roast barley, distant smoke. Excellent mouthfeel despite not being bottle-conditioned. Long, bitter, roasty yet hoppy finish. Ken Brooker deserves a knighthood.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve never drank engine oil, let alone old engine oil, but if it taste like this, I might start tomorrow. Dark black/brown pour with an equally dark head. Well balanced roasted aroma of toffee, nuts, and chocolate, with a coffee palate. A taste as equally impressive. This went down quickly and without any fuss
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a frothy head. Cappacino? Lots of chocolates and caramels throughout. Nose and flavor. Quite easy drinking. Nothing really bad to say about this. Good show.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 Bottled. Thanks to OhioDad. Pours a deep dark brown with garnet hues around the edges if held to a bright light. Small beige head that dissipates leaving nice lacing. Aroma is musty and oxidized, with some sweet brown sugar and molasses. Flavor is of dark roasted malts, toffee, sweet caramel and charcoal with some oak barrel undertones and vanilla. I’m getting a bit of chocolate as well. No hop flavor though hop bitterness is apparent in the dry smokey and earthy finish. Full bodied but quite far from the viscosity of old engine oil and a smooth texture with moderate carbonation. Great beer.
Sigmund (5836) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle, trade with maeib. Black colour, impenetrable for light. Moderate tan head. Looks like old engine oil, smells like old engine oil too - just add dark and roast malts, oak, leather, liquorice and dark bitter chocolate. Lovely roast malts flavour, oily texture. Elements of oak, dark bitter chocolate and substantial hops, maybe some dried fruits and English liquorice too. Great roasty bitter aftertaste with elements of peaty smoke. A great beer! Thanks, maeib!