TheEpeeist (3277) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz bottle, 2002 vintage. A vigorous pour yields a brief, sudsy tan head atop ebony. Nose is whiskey, molasses and chocolate cake. Smooth medium body, a tad flat. Taste is toffee and raisin getting woody with sherry. At 6 ABV this has held up pretty well but still feels faded.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark blackness with a brune head. Lightly vinous with notes of merlot, whiskey, chocolate, wood and dark fruit. A nice etoh warming. A very solid beer.
malrubius (1639) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle in generic goblet. Dark brown/black with lasting brown head and lace. Chocolate milk port and whiskey aroma. Bitter chocolate dark fruit earth wood and whiskey with bitter chocolate whiskey finish. Medium-full body and medium carbo. Wow! Complex and delicious. Really takes on the whiskey flavors without overwhelming the excellent roasted chocolate robust porter. Now to pair it with some dark chocolate.
MrBunn (2438) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours like its name... dark, dark brown. Has a minimal film of tan bubbles on the surface and sports aromas that are slightly smokey, sweet and roasty. There is also a kind of damp earth/leather smell... First thoughts on flavor are that it comes awful close to being too sweet... near cloying brown sugar flavor mixes with some dark fruit and alcoholic warmth, while still having a bit of a smoke and chocolate edge to it - especially in the finish.
LilBeerDoctor (3413) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2002 vintage. Pours a dark brown with no real head, just some bubbles. Not as thick texture-wise as the regular version. Aroma strongly of alcohol, along with chocolate, molasses, and sweet malt. Flavor is quite different from the original version. No roasted notes at all, just lots of light fruitiness (apple), sweetness, and some almost tart-like sour notes similar to those from a Flanders sour. Not cloying though and the alcohol does not dominate but rather blends nicely with the malt (one of the best whiskey-aged beers Iíve had). Reserved in flavor, definitely not as "hot" as I had expected. The palate is smooth but wears a bit as you drink. This took me awhile to get through but it was still quite enjoyable. Is it better than Old Engine Oil? Well, itís quite different and in my mind they were about the same in quality but had quite different flavor profiles.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a ring of tan bubbles. Chocolate malt with peat, smoke, and creosote in the nose. Viscous, flat mouthfeel. More chocolate and peat in the taste, joined by smoked malt, some caramel, and vanilla. It was brought down a little by the soy and over-done molasses flavors. Still, a good beer.
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong notes of roasted malts giving off bittersweet baking chocolate and burnt coffee aromas, along with some oak, smoke and peat. Jet black body and dark brown sugar head, coat of lacing and when swirled leaves strong legs and coats the glass with clingy sugars. Not overly sweet and not too cloying, but I expected some thicker creamier body, palate was a solid 4, but I reduced b/c of the peppery alchoholic bite, needs some more aging I presume. Good one on the whole, but give the nod to the regular OEO for smoother drinkability.
LinusStick (2814) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love a goold old ale and was hoping the whiskey barrel aging wasn’t going to overpower the beer. It did at first but after the first few sips, it started to come into balance. Nice whiskey and chocolate aroma. Pour was a perfect deep near black with a one finger tan head. Taste was a strong mix of oak, whiskey and chocolate with a strongly bitter roasted malt aftertaste. Nice beer.
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: Hid alcohol well. More flavorful than normal Old Engine Oil. Not what I was expecting from being aged in whiskey barrels. Not as much whiskey as I would have thought. It more or less just changed Old Engine Oil. Much nicer than the regular OEO.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was opaque black in the glass with a light tan, almost non-existent head that left fair lacing. The aroma was moderate chocolate malt, smoke, soy sauce alcohol, whiskey and salt. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and salty; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, lightly bitter and more salty with an average to short duration. There was chocolate, whiskey, a little smoke and some salt. The medium to full body was watery at first and then syrupy with soft carbonation and a light alcoholic finish.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JUN 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Monument Liq, in Concord, CA. This brew poured almost black with almost no head. It smelled of coffee and bitter chocolate, but the overwhelming taste was of cigar tobacco and espresso. Excellent beer!