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


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RATINGS: 1445   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SilkTork (5123) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radzik5555 (198) - Gdynia, POLAND - APR 23, 2014
Butelka 0.33L. Czarne, piana średnioobfita, beżowa, drobnopęcherzykowa. odpada w średnim tempie, lekko znaczy szkło. Aromat: kawa zbożowa - palone słody, ciemne pieczywo, czekolada, tosty, opiekane jedzenie. Z butelki do tego karmel. Przyjemny ale nie wybitnie porywający. Smak: intensywnie chlebowe - taka przypalona skórka ciemnego, razowego pieczywa, kawa zbożowa, kawa czarna, gorzka czekolada. Długi lekko gorzki, palony posmak. Odczucie: kremowo-oleiste bardzo przyjemna faktura, wysycenie średnie, drobnopęcherzykowe, ciało średnie. Bardzo smaczny porter, aż nie mogę doczekać się wersji mocniejszej i leżakowanych w beczkach po whisky. Ta wersja zdecydowanie pijalna ale nie nudna.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2042) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2014
8/4/2010. From bottle. Pours black with a short tan head. Thick and robust. Chocolate and roasted malt aromas. Coffee, chocolate flavors with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Satyroneto (62) - - APR 19, 2014
Cor negra com espuma bege de baixas formacao e persistencia com bom lacing de numerosas pequenas ilhas de espuma; Aroma complexo de frutas vermelhas, madeira e cafe; Sabor de cafe e maltes torrados com leve toque de chocolate amargo; retrogosto amargo e amadeirado. Cerveja muito bem equilibrada e complexa com alcool muito bem inserido.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevnic2008 (7127) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - APR 19, 2014
Bottle pour. Aroma is bread and.coffee. Doughy flavor with a malty & dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
MrJamesMcEwan (16) - SCOTLAND - APR 18, 2014
Pours solid black with a tan head that disappates. Aroma faint with coffee & slight dark chocolate. Palate very carbonated. Flavour like oil, very slight chocolate & coffee. Aftertaste bittersweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gwillrich (148) - São José dos Campos, BRAZIL - APR 16, 2014
Cerveja extremamente escura, com forte amargor, vindo de lúpulos e da torra do malte. Muito boa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mateuszk (65) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 13, 2014
Bottle. Aroma is dark malts, chocolate and coffee. It’s vey dark, black, long lasting head, little oily texture. in taste there are roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Medium body, it is creamy. Medium bitter finish. Very balanced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (372) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 12, 2014
0,33L bottle, BB 01.2015. Pours very dark brown with tan head. The head doesn’t stay. Aroma is licorice, coffee, and dry roast. Taste: coffee, licorice, malt, nutty, and some sweetness. Finish is coffee bitter and slight smoke. Overall: nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkam (46) - POLAND - APR 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a medium, beige head, nice lacing. Aroma: dark malts, chocolate, coffee. Taste: roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, caramel. Medium bodied and bitter, well balanced. Fantastic oily texture. Very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomekk1978 (278) - POLAND - APR 3, 2014
Barwa: ciemna, pod światło, brązowa. Piana beżowa, średniej wielkości, drobno pęcherzykowa, względnie szybko opadająca, ale ładnie oblepiająca szkło [5/5] Aromat: ciemne słody (słodko - kwaśny), czekolada, lekka kawa. Przyjemny, ale nie porywający. Smak: słodowy, raczej wytrawny. Gorzka czekolada, kawa mokka, palone, wręcz przypiekane słody, może karmel. alkohol prawie nie wyczuwalny.

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