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


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RATINGS: 1576   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - JUL 16, 2004
This is a great beer! Small head, and great lacing on the glass. A fine blens of chocolate and coffee. and with only 6% you can drink a few with no ill effects. Just donít be thrown by the name "OLD ENGINE OIL" is a fantastic beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5148) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 14, 2004
This beauty wants to be an imperial stout. Very impressive. I had to purposely keep myself from chugging this one. Pours black as night with a thin orange colored head. As this warms up, it gets more and more aromatic. Smells of bourbon, toffee, coffee and chocolate. The taste is malty and full with some caramel notes. Has a bitter note of dark chocolate in the finish. I will defnitely get this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUL 9, 2004
One of, if not the best import beer at the 2004 Japan Beer Fest. A dark ruby color with mild roasty tones, complex malt profile. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 6, 2004
Inky brown with low carbonation. Carmel and malt nose. Carmel, milk chocolate, finishes w/slight bitter note, drying mouth feel. Berry of some kind hidden in mid-palate. Some sweetness with hoppy finish. Very enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4549) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2004
"Blackest hell, yes!" Very nice pour with a bit of head. Aroma is very malty and has some chocolate tint. Semi-sweet flavor with more chocolate and coffee. Tasted a bit more like a strong porter than an imperial stout... Scottish Ale?! Oh, well that makes a wee bit more sense then, donít it laddie?!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Black Coloring. White Head. Roasted Malt. Chocolate. Very Good Flavor to it. Special Reserve easily tops this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Bottle. Very dark, with ruby tinge when held up to the light. Tannish medium head. Aroma is roasted malts and chocolate. Very Flavorful. Roasty and Malty right up front with a bit of bitterness in the middle. Good sweet flavor, but not very heavy. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8244) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Pours black with a nice white head and good lacing. Aroma of chocolate, malt, some hops, cognac, and slight smoky roastiness. Tastes roasty, malty, with some fruit, cabernet, florals, hops, and chocolate at the finish. Very complex, with brown ale and porter qualities. Engine oil is somewhat of an embellishment for this one, as it is not super thick on the palate, but you will enjoy it. Thicker is not necessarily better.....at least thatís what my wife says.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2004
From a bottle into an ale glass. Eh. Not that impressed. Since I like dark beers with similar styles, I canít rate this one too poorly, because I did enjoy it. However, it left a bunch to be desired. The smell was not great, smelled a bit green. Nothing wrong with the way it looked, what youíd expect: like oil, only with a bit of off-white head to begin with. The taste was nicely sweet and bitter (not too much of either), the finish was about the same and long. Medium to full bodied, oily and yet creamy with some soft carbonation. You can feel/taste/smell a bit of the alcohol. In the end, it was nice like a sweet stout, but seemed to lack flavor. I didnít think it was enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Great beer! Nice and heavy on the palate with a great balance between sweet milk chocolate and bitter hops. Deep brown to black in color. Definitely a must try.

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