johndoughty (4197) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
brewbear (48) - 3096 Oberbalm, SWITZERLAND - JAN 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
nice black colored but redish stout, some chocolate aroma, nice maltiness, robust bitternes ,long lasting aftertase. Don't drink it cold! A delightfull brew.
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
sloth (2605) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, small creamy biege head. Sweet chocolate, licorice with some roasted notes in aroma. Smooth flavour chocolate, vanilla, burnt sugar and dried fruit. Quite bitter finish with notes of cocoa and dark chocolate.
jercraigs (8320) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2008 2008-10-01. Very dark brown near black body with good sized tan head that fades to leave a modest remnant of the same and some light lacing. Aroma of dark malts, mild toast and roast, has a slight sour tang to the malt at times. (6+) Flavour is similar, with rich malt base, chocolate notes, light bitterness is heightened by a minute sour tang similar to that of the aroma, particularly in the finish. Tang shows a touch of fruit character. Average plus palate approaches a medium body, with appropriate carbonation. Bottle is at least a few months old, which makes me question it but I suspect much of what I am calling tang is inherent and a function of the bitterness and nature of the fruit notes. Regardless, a solid effort with lovely core flavours. 7/4/7/3+/15 - 3.6 Bottle from the LCBO
January 2004. Black body with a respectable off white head. Mild roastiness with fleeting hints of chocolatey bitterness. An enjoyable brew. 7/4/7/3/15 - 3.6Bottle at Smokeless Joe’s in Toronto.
jimhilt (2454) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well why not try to buy this in Scotland?? a Scotsman will look at you like you have green ears, they have never heard of the stuff. It must be for export only, found in York, England for £1.49. Looks like a stout or porter totally black, tastes like a sweet stout, very smooth, very drinkable; too bad it was only 330ml.
JFGrind (1894) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this beer on draft at Fire Waters (@ Tropicana) in Atlantic City. Fire Waters mislabelled the beer as a stout. Dark black color with hints of ruby colors. Very smooth beer with no bitterness. Confused though about the style, I thought this beer was a stout.