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

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RATINGS: 1512   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
optimusAlex (7) - USA - OCT 5, 2007 does not count
definitely one of my favorites. originally bought it just for the name, but ended up loving the whole experience of this beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - JUN 21, 2012
Buonissima non c’è altro da dire!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2002
Wow! This beer has an incedible amount of flavors. First, the smooth chocolate malts followed by a super strong hop finish. Lots of aftertaste too.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
standupguy (41) - Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Wow, this could be my favorite beer ever! It poured a midnight black, with a long lasting tan head of what looked like sea foam. The aroma was mixture of chocolate, malts, bread, and a light molasses. The taste was incredible! A perfect mixture of malts, dark sweetness, light roasted malts and barley, with underlying hops perfectly balancing the beer. The palate/mouth feel was incredible. A silky, smooth combination of velvet and oil. I strongly recommend this beer to ANYONE! A near absolute brewing masterpiece!

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pringao_Toribi (255) - Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 11, 2013
Almoste perfect porter, with hints of sweet wine, sticks nicely to the tongue with spicy and a bittersweet taste, going to a very lasting aftertaste of wood and licorice.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2002
My personal opinion is that this is a Porter! The taste is as smooth as new engine oil (not a beer). It will not dissapoint Stout/Porter/ Dark Ale drinkers. It has a slightly sweet roasted aftertaste. Superb overall.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Terrific beer! Robust bitters, smooth maltiness. Definite chocolatey-ness. Full bodied. Not overly intense. A pleasant pour.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Old Engine Oil pours to a jet black color with a thick tan head and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is rich and complex with a multitude of aromas. Big aromas of chocolate malt, coffee, caramel, and nuts marry with hints of roast. The palate is creamy and silky on the tongue with lots of big malty flavors. Flavors of dark chocolate, sweet malt, coffee, toffee, and roasty flavor fill the mouth. Old Engine Oil finishes with more big, complex malty and roasty flavors, and just slight hop bite. Wow. This is one impressive selection and one complex, delicious, satisfying beer. The malt character of this beer is wonderful, and the silky smooth and creamy body comes from the additions of oats. Stylistically this beer almost pushes into the porter/stout category, but it really is a dark and roasty old ale, coming in at 6% abv. When poured into the glass it is jet black, but when held to the light, you see this beer is really a beautiful, bright, deep tawny brown color. I was very impressed with this one.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
This is very nice. Black, it has a small-to-medium head, light bornw and dense, slowly shrinking. The smell is chocolate, prunes, hints of earth, leaves, bread, a hint of coffee, like a nice, rich porter crossed with Old Pecuilier. The taste is full-bodied rich but smooth and zesty. It has chocolate, brown bread, fruit, prunes, hints of toast and wine and earth and licorice. It’s very nice and goes down easily despite the full character.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wlajwl (3931) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 7, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2012 Best Old Ale and one of the best British ales I’ve ever had. Has a chocolate, earthiness to it, an incredibly great, almost black Old Ale, just awesome.


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