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Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Special Reserve

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

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RATINGS: 395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Pasteurised bottle. Export only for B. United International.
The regular Old Engine Oil has been filtered and pasteurised then left in single malt whiskey casks for six months. This allows the flavours of the beer to blend with the flavors of the whiskey.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1612) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Tried during CMU Scotch Ale Tasting. Pours a dark brown with a slight tan head. Aromas of coffee and chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Sweet taste with a bit of a dryish finish. Not getting a ton of barrel in this one so I am guessing there is some blending. Medium thick body and medium low carb. Very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (1846) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2013
November 19, 2013 - on tap at Royal Mile. Dark brown pour with some head and lacing. Aroma was roasted malt, toffee and slight hops. Taste was consistent with aroma and had a mildly dry alcohol finish with touch of bitterness. A nice smooth creamy mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6833) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle at home. It pours very dark brown (near black) with a small dark tan head. The nose is roasted malt, chocolate, meatiness, coffee, whisky, peat, earth and salted caramel. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit, wood, whisky, chocolate, mild acidity, earth, umami aspect and treacle with a warming finish. Full body, low carbonation and viscous mouth-feel. Rich and flavoursome. Good depth of flavour. Nice after dinner beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4133) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle @ our annual Christmas night bottle share... Poured jet black with a thin, bubbly khaki head. Some smoked, peat malt and wood on the nose. Thick, viscous plate. Not roasty, but some charred grains and wood with a thick sweetness. Lots of flavor and complexity here too. Finished with an woody incense character that seemed spot on.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Great chocolate and roasted grain aromas with a nice earthiness underneath. Excellent flavors with great thick and sweet and coffee like roasted malts and a wonderful chocolate flavor with a great slight earthy hop undertone. Extremely smooth and great going down with no discernible alcohol heat. One of the best porters I've ever had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2004) - Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2012
Rich black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, coffee, & light vanilla; Flavor of smoky/roasted malt, dark chocolate, hops, and coffee; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Quite smooth and really good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bvc (1158) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2011
11.2oz bottle that I am pretty sure is a 2004. Pours black and still, not overly thick in body and I had to stop pouring with a couple of fingers left to keep quite a few chunks out of my glass. Caramel, wheat bread, leather, tobacco, wet cardboard, hints of peat and raisins. Very faint signs of carbonation and a body that is lighter for the appearence yet has a syurpy feel. Cola, wet cardboard, peat, caramel, boozey oak, prune with an aspartame finish. Donít think my neglecting this one for so long improved it in any way.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1300) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottled in 2002. Pour is deep still brown with a faint purple tint to it. No head, this is still now. Aroma is really really rich and velvety with tons of dark fruit, raisin, plum, light spice, brown sugar, light chocolate, and very little if any oxidation. Flavor is crazy sweet up front with a hint of tartness that follows. Then notes of dark fruit slip in quickly before a long lightly smoky coffee finish. Bitter chocolate and coffee linger for a long time. Very interesting and quite complex. But weird.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8429) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Bottle. Has an imperial stout flavor to it. Pours black with tan head. Nose of vanilla, wood, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste of roasted malts, whiskey, chocolate and vanilla.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2010
11.2oz bottle from Samís, Durham. This bottle must be from 2006 or 2007. Iíve been staring at it for so long Iíd almost forgotten it was an option. Still holds up quite well though. Nose is very mellowed and chocolatey. Mouthfeel is, predictably, a bit on the thin side at this point, but even this sign of age and the oxidation thatís present in the flavor donít spoil the beer. Nice warming chocolate and bourbon flavors, a solid and unpretentious brew.


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