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


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RATINGS: 1685   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

SilkTork's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SilkTork (5508) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, - SEP 19, 2002
UPDATED: APR 22, 2011 Sept, 2002 I loved this. My type of beer - full of interesting twists and turns and a wonderful balance between hops and malt. I also enjoyed the fact that it seems impossible to place into a simple box - is it a stout, an old ale, a mild or a brown ale? Mmmmm. Chocolate, roasted barley, coffee, apples, etc, etc. A lovely beer! [3.2]
Feb, 2008 330ml filtered bottle from Gretna Green. The brewery are careful not to ascribe a style to this beer - they call it a "dark beer" and a "black, viscous beer", but not a stout or an old ale - neither of which it is, but either of which would be a useful guideline. There is lots of body - probably from the use of oats - and "oil" is an appropriate name. The carbonation is very light - just enough to give some life - and doesn’t detract from the impression that you’re drinking pure engine oil. The flavours are full, soft and firm rather than aggressive. There’s a twiggy bitterness with notes of chocolate, charcoal, tobacco and bread dough. A satisfying and enjoyable brew. [3.8]
April, 2011 Tesco Traditional Porter. Mmm what a classic beer this Engine Oil is. Smooth and easy drinking, yet with enough flavours to keep the interest. [3.8]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cervmagpt (592) - PORTUGAL - MAY 24, 2016
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 13C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch A5198 05:37. AROMA: complex aroma with medium-high roasted grains, resembling dark chocolate and coffee. medium esteres with notes of red fruits. APPEARANCE: very dark brown color and clear with ruby highlights. medium light tanned head with medium retention. TASTE: initial moderate chocolate-sweet flavor that evolves into a bitter coffee finish. medium bitterness with a rosted (coffee) and bitter-dry finish. PALATE: medium body with a slight velvety texture. moderate carbonation. no roasted grains astringency. OVERALL: a very good and complex porter-like black ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
janubio (619) - SPAIN - MAY 17, 2016
Pours a black colour, with an off white Medium head that lasts for a while. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, burnt sugar and red fruits. Medium to full body. Taste coffee, sherry wine, chocolate and red fruits.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
17Beer (175) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 16, 2016
Aromas of malt bread and toffee. Pours a dark opaque black brown with a tight brown head. and good lacing. Sweet malty flavors with a sour licorice and leather finish. A dry palate with mild carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4757) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 13, 2016
Dark brown color. Lots of umami, molasses, dark fruit, molasses, fairly enticing nose. Thinish body, dry, very light for 8%, Molasses, licorice, dark chocolates, dark fruit. Fairly complex if not a bit unbalanced. Low carbonation. Lingering molasses in the finish. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Japalo (1702) - DENMARK - MAY 7, 2016
Bottle@rypevej with Erik. Small head Black. Toasted coffee caramel. Sweet dry. Intense malty roasted flavours. Smooth oily mouthfeel. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Luvystypotables (1461) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2016
A roasted chocolate nose with a hint of malt. Pours a clear dark brown color with a lasting tan well laced head. A great taste of chocolate with a hint of roasted malt. A viscous oily feel with a great smoky malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Simonsen (1050) - NORWAY - APR 29, 2016
Flaske. Svart, litt oljeaktig konsistens. Noe skum som forsvinner. Noe karbonert. Smaket kaffe, røstet malt, lakris og sjokolade. En meget fin øl som har ganske tykk,nesten Kremet konsistens samtidig som den er veldig lettdrikkelig

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3216) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2016
Bottle from Waitrose, black colour with a ran head. Aroma coffee fruity chocolate with a roasted bitterness. Taste roasted bitter. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HuskerTan (1450) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - APR 9, 2016
Bottle. A- Dark chocolate, iron, roasty. A- Black color, dark liquid, beige head. T- Dark chocolate, bittersweet, dry, roasty, malty. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, malty finish. O- Not sure what makes a beer an old ale on here but this is certainly somewhere between a porter or stout for me. Not superbly exciting, but a decent enough brew. Nothing really stood out in it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AnG_BrgNor (374) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 3, 2016
Bottle. Black with nice head. Aroma is roasted with dark chocolate and woods. Taste is chocolate and roasted. Nice body.

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