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


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RATINGS: 1598   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4197) - 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.

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NJBeerman013 (1052) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2605) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8320) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2454) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2004
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1894) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2003
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.

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