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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 1480   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2003
Bottle and once an cask. Much chocolate in the nose and flavor. Fruity at the same time - Northern Brewer hops? Nice creamy mouthfeel. Pours and looks like the engine oil, of course! Very nice beer. Not sure it hits the Scottish Ale style right on, we call it a "Magical Mystery Brew" in our homebrew club (FOSSILS).

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9335) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 15, 2003
black colour with a fine brown-tainmted head and a beautiful lace, aroma of black chocolate with some alcohol notes, good malt body, very oily (of course...), robust bitterness in the finish, very long and dry chocolate aftertaste - balance and character for this delightful brew

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2003
Nice dark brown color,small tan head.the aroma was pretty decent,malt mild hops with a peaty smell as well.Gotta love the Scotts,what a fine brew.The taste was semi-sweet malty with a mild hop presence,the feal was kind of thick and the after taste was malty sweet and that peaty taste kind of shows up in the after taste as well.You just can't beat a Scotch ale.Bocks might be my choice of fav's but Scotch ales will always be my all time favorite.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2003
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!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2003
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2003
Very good, dark, goes down very smooth. Has a pleasant chocolate flavor but keeps it subtle.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 19, 2003
I found it thin for a scottish ale, certainly within type that is a strong malt presence. Not top of the class

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raymow (798) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2003
Pretty good, overall. Nice, dark color and foamy head. Sweet-tasting, nothing special in the aroma.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (2781) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2003
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.


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