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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.


1.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
tderoeck (4488) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2010
Darkbrown beer, beige very small head. Smells like caramel and coffee. Tastes like coffee grit with a very slight hint of caramel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle 12fl.oz.
[ Courtesy of Summer Secret Santa ]. Clear dark red brown color with a average to large, creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown to beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, dark roasted, burnt, caramel, chocolate, smoke and vanilla notes. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic - whisky. [20091113]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30902) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2009
33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a huge and chocolate brown head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla and wooden notes to a strong malt base. Sweet, chocolate and vanilla wooden flavoured. Light roasted bitter to acidic note coming through. Rather dry and hardroasted malt flavoured. Lingering acidic roasted malt finish with a light whiskey alcohol note.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (13573) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2009
Bottle, 8.0%. Good aroma, roasted coffee, some cream. Black colour, red shine. Small stable brown head. The flavour is very creamy with a good coffee note, some sweetness. Good alcohol note in the finish to balance the flavour and sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5359) - Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Sample from 11.2 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma has rich dark chocolate, whiskey, wood, and port wine. The flavor has a strong alcohol component that works well with the roasted malts, chocolate, and wood. Pretty smooth and full bodied. I enjoy this quite a bit more than the Brewdog beers because this still resembles a beer. The whiskey can be strong, but when balanced with the other flavors it makes for a nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Pours pitch black with very faint mahogany edges when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger foamy coffee-colored head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing. Aroma has a prominent whiskey presence but there is a somewhat nice balance of roasted coffee and chocolate maltiness. Slightly toasty with some toffee and hazelnut notes but again, mostly whiskey. Whiskey dominates the flavor up front followed by some sweet roasted chocolate malt, toffee, coffee bean, some more oaky vanilla whiskey and a dry finish. The alcohol presence is very prominent, mostly from the whiskey but the heat is pretty well masked making it quite drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Bottle. Poured a nice dark black color with a small head. Aroma of malt sweetness. Chocolate bitterness, dark fruit and alittle alcohol. Taste was smooth and quite drinkable with lots of oak and chocolate. Nice hints of vanilla. Pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2009
11.2oz bottle thanks to Robin ! Nice lacing, small head. Nose is very sweet, oak, alcohol and ripe fruits. Some coffee and chocolate. Very intense. This is definitely going to be a sipper. Feels a bit like a scotch ale. Taste is sweet, toffee, lots of oak. Hints of vanilla. Some coffee and chocolate. Finish is warm and dry. Hints of dust and paper. Really good stuff. Nice sipper, quite complex and very particular. Great beer !

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroSpud (1679) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2009
11.2oz bottle. This stuff is great! Pours dark black. Tastes of dark chocolate. Almost like a good imperial stout but thinner.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2009
12 ounce bottle that I have had laying around for a bit. Poured a deep black color with absolutely no head. The aroma consisted of bitter chocolate, light coffee, some bourbon, roasted malt and soy. The taste reminded me a bit of a stout... it had a light taste of soy, some chocolate and coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of whiskey. It had a medium bodied mouth feel. It had a pleasant aftertaste with a slight whiskey lingering. Overall, a very interesting, and tasty brew!


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