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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (34222) - 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 (30689) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29081) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2004
A pitch black beer with a fine brown head. The aroma is roasted with notes of chocolate. The flavor is smooth with notes of roasted malt and bread as well ad chocolate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2006
(Bottle 33 cl) Pours black and completely opaque with a creamy, light brown head. Vinous, lightly tart nose. Lovely, lightly sour, vinous flavours - actually this reminds me of a very good Flemish Sour. A very sophisticated and refined brew. 270106

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20534) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of dried fruits with notes of wood and sherry. Flavour of dried fruits with notes of fruits and sherry.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16289) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2006
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Vinous fruity aroma with some hints of coffee. Sweet fruity flavor with some vinous hints. A little fruity finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (13935) - 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 ...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (13478) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2003
Close to pitch. Malty aroma - toffee, wood, molasses and Highland whisky. Rich malt flavours of molasses and earth, melded seamlessly with light peat and whisky notes. Finish is sweet, almost cloying, though there is also tartness there. For a barrel-aged beer, this is quite balanced. I had Calva Reserva last month and though they've both spent six months in their respective casks, there is a tremendous difference in balance. Just one more reason why Harviestoun is one of the top British breweries, I guess.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Rich malt, smei-sweet chocolate, caramel, and cola flavor with a hint of whiskey wooden casket.


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