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Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Special Reserve

Formerly brewed at Harviestoun
Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland


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RATINGS: 396   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - MAY 18, 2009
pours black with small head. aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, whiskey, toffee, oak, and molasses. drinks sweet and malty with some coffee, chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, and toffee. great brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21868) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2009
bottle at DLD 2009 ... At bloody last but i needed to goto the US for this Scottish beer ... deep black ... nice tan head ... deep roast ... little toffee nose... rich smooth roast malt ... little meaty ... little coffee and little vanilla ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2009
Pours near black, perhaps very very dark brown with brown head. Nose has a clean, marshmallowy roastiness at first. Start to notice some baking chocolate too after a few whiffs. Dark fruits are also present. On the palate is baker’s chocolate, spirity/alcohol, and a smooth dark chocolate finish. The dark chocolate comes across in a dry way - not very sweet. Finish is a little chalky and alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2009
33cl bottle of unknown year from Beverage Castle (Tampa, FL). Pours a murky, used engine oil dark brown to black with one finger tannish head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, maple syrup, vanilla, wood, toffee, caramel, molasses, ripe dark fruit. Flavor is roasted and malty with notes of creamy vanilla, roasted and toasted malt, bourbon, wood, smoke, hints of toffee, brown sugar, and molasses. Generally medium to full body with a pleasing rich and malty finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8108) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
i got a rock ... . pours a dark midnight black .. . low soy sauce and tar aromas .. . small head ring .. mallard .. . delicious stuff, amazing aged qualities without dust .. . great mouth, sweet tar players, with some bovril and smoke aura... good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Pitch black with a thick tan head. Aroma of smokey whiskey. Taste is slightly aged cardboard, dark roasty malt, vanilla, wood, chocolate, some sherry. Definitely a bit too old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 31, 2008
11.2 oz bottle. Black with a wispy tan head. Rich, malty nose, woody vanilla and roasty malt, dark molasses and whisky. Big sweet molasses flavors, roasty and peaty, a bit of earthiness and a hint of something tart. Chocolate flavors grow as it warms, and it seems to mellow out some, particularly the slight alcohol burn. Smooth, silky body that never seems too thick. Oddly, the finish is relatively clean, which surprised me a bit. Just a nice, warm, sweet smokiness. A winner!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2008
A little fuller body and this beer would be really awesome. Pours like a thinner imperial stout, with an aroma of chocolate, malt, oak and a nice (but not overpowering) hint of whiskey. Flavor is more of the same but its nice because the whiskey flavor is subtle and does not over-do it. Kind of has a flat finish, but pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Bottle. Dark brown. Aroma is chocolate, booze, peat, smoke, and some slight sour aromas too. Flavor is quite sour in a way with some booze, chocolate and some fruit. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would like, but it is still very nice.

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