Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Special Reserve (10.5 %)
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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 4.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dantheman278 (1361) - - JAN 26, 2013
Cask at Bat. Deep viscous black, bubbly beige head. Chocolate, subtle whisky booze, light coffee, some light peat smoke on the nose. Velvety soft, light sweetness, rich roast, lots of chocolate coffee malt flavours, lightest touch of booze and a rich roasty bitterness on the finish. Coats the mouth, seriously tasty. Nom.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (3396) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2014
33cl bottle from The Gun Docklands shared at Chriso’s May tasting, London. Says on the label one of only 50 bottles made especially for The Gun Docklands. It pours a deep dark brown color with a medium beige head. Aroma is roasty and rich, with notes of dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, leather, caramel, light charred oak. Taste is medium sweet and lightly charred and roasty, with notes of cocoa powder, coffee beans, dust, chocolate mousse, booze, whisky, vanilla and earth. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, really tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (4612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 20, 2014
Cask at the Hanging Bat. Pours black, nose is roast chocolate, taste is rich and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (4372) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle shared at Chrisso’s May 2014 tasting 25/05/2014. Big thanks to Matteo. Oily,black / caramel coloured pour with a light tan head. Aroma is hot alcohols, caramel, berry, brown sugar and light roast. Flavour is roast, choc, berry, warming hot alcohol in the finish. Lingering dark choc. Palate is sticky, mostly sweet and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (14345) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2014
Chriso May 2014 tasting. Black beer lasting tan head. Quite tasty. Good dark beer. Dark chocolate. Pretty decent. Liked it

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (631) - SCOTLAND - JAN 27, 2013
Cask at The Hanging Bat. Black & not much else in the glass but then appearances are deceiving. So are beginnings because to the eye it seems to be medium bodied. But from the moment it hits the mouth it powers out from the core a rich full bodies and beautifully fully integrated knitted complex. beer of some smoke, peat, velvet & roast with rich smooth earth & chocolate. And the alcohol is totally tamed. Without doubt the best Old Engine Oil ever released.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenH (2737) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2013
Cask at hanging bat. Black with tan head. Rich roasty smokey aroma. Taste is a balanced blend of roastiness, peat smoke and chocolate. Thick and smooth with a lingering chocolatey finish. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen. Very tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (15581) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2013 cask at bat ... deep black ... thin tan head ... deep roast ... soldic chocolate malts .... meaty msalts ... huge rich chocolate dark malts ... heavy roast ... soft whisky ... mellow rich and crackin deep black ... thin tn head ... deep dark fruit roast ... soft mellow meaty whisky ... rich oily body ... dark malts ... dark roast ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6634) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2013
(Gravity cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 23 Nov 2012) Black colour with brief head. Malty, fruity nose with dark chocolate, black coffee, liquorice, oak wood and vanilla. Malty, fruity taste with notes of dark chocolate, black coffee, caramel and a warming, vinous finish. Full body, with oily mouthfeel. Fairly sweet. Quite powerful, but well balanced and very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (12601) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
Gravity cask at The White Horse on Parsons Green, London during the 2012 Old Ale Festival. Pours oily brown-black with fine brown bubbles. Coffee on the nose, earth, good roast, milk chocolate. Medium to big sweet flavor with dark chocolate, earthy bitterness, raisins, dirt. Full bodied with fine carbonation and an oily texture. Lightly sticky sweet to finish with modest warmth, further cocoa, earth and restrained roast. Moderate lasting bitterness. Great stuff.

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