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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2008 Pours black with a modest, spattered head reducing to a full, creamy canopy that lasts the duration. Aroma of espresso, smoke, coaco, and honey. Full, rich nectar with a few residual effers in the mouth only. Texture of pure cream baby! Flavors of roasted honey, coffee bean, copper, coaco, old leather, charcoal, stewed vegetables, and earth with a mild sweetness. I can faintly taste the cask. Itís got a peaty, smokiness about it that reminds me a an Islay malt. The finish has a perfect bittering. Overall: a fantastic brew that goes well with aged cheddar and crackers. Trump. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2007 Pours an opaque black with a thick tan head. As I was pouring this, the word "gorgeous" hit my mind. Like the beer soul I possess deep down, the nose spoke out. Strong malty wood with thicker cocoa qualities and an overall roasted character. Flavor is rich with chocolate character and a strong malt flavor. So meaty and earthy I almost want to start chewing it as I drink it. Feel is great. Small level of bubble and a nice smooth and thick liquid feel. I am shocked. Last night I tried the standard Old Engine Oil and had slightly higher expectations for this one. But geez. In no way did I expect to be hit with only my 2nd flat 5 rating as of yet. Unbelievable. Blows the hell out of the standard Old Engine Oil...and most other brews at that too.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cybercat (5170) - Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Aroma is simply heavenly - rich and "stouty" with strong smoky and coffee undertones, as well as a sharp alcohol nip. It pours a deep, opaque sable with a thick tan head. Flavor is strong and smoky, with some bitterness but not too much. It is very smooth, yet goes down somewhat like strong liquor - you know exactly where it is in your esophagus. Perhaps this comes from being aged in single-malt whisky barrels.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nearbeer (4921) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2008
330 ml, opaque black with a small, but beautifully creamy and lasting head. Roasty malt aroma of cocoa and espresso, some charred wood in there too. Flavors of peppery beef jerky, chocolate, oak, molasses, coffee, leather, brown sugar, char, vanilla, dates, tobacco, and green herbs are very well blended. Medium-heavy body is smooth and syrupy, with a slight tingle, and a nice drying finish. About as complex as they come, awesome, and thankfully not too heavy on the whiskey flavors.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DoublEE (782) - 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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dutch70 (48) - USA - MAR 26, 2005
Pitch black, light creamy head, strong whisky and lighter chocolate, coffee, vanilla and oak aromaís. This beer smells good!! Taste is even better, first of all...whisky, smooth, sweet, light carbonation, excellent beer, bittersweet aftertaste. One of my favourites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WorstDemoEver (15) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Dark beer and whiskey combine to create one of the greatest beers ever. I was recommended this one at the Brickstore Pub in Decatur, GA after they had run out of the Dogwood Winter Ale that had be aged in Jack Danielís casks. I enjoy the rich coffee, whiskey and chocolate flavors and smooth finish of this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Pours deep dark brown with a moderate foamy/bubbly brown head. Strong malty aroma with lots of lactic chocolate and oaken vanilla notes. Flavor is lactic and creamy with nice oak/vanilla notes, followed by some smooth and warming peaty whiskey undertones, as well as just a hint of smokiness. Palate is full creamy, smooth, and lightly carbonated with a long finish. Hard to drink this one slowly. Delicious and well balanced, although a bit pricey, well worth it at least once.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Pours opaque black with a very thin brown head. The aroma has some interesting fruity aromas very similar to a brandy, also some burnt aromas, some chocolate, some alcohol, and hops. The mouthfeel is quite nice - decently carbonated despite the very thin head. It starts sweet on the tonge with lots of chocolate. Some hop bitterness and some fruit (almost like prunes) in the middle. The flavor of alcohol, more hop bitterness, more chocolate, and some smoke flavors lie in the finish. An excellent strong scotch ale / wee heavy (though this site categorizes it as an old ale)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUN 3, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 I feel evil rating this beer so high, but it was excellent. I wanted to rate it higher, but was influenced by the other ratings. I just loved it. My favorite at the festival. Great caramel malty aroma. Great fine bubble head. Sweet dark rich color. Mellow, well balanced. A perfect tiny bit of oxidation. Tried at Pizza Portís Real Ale festival from bottle. Now Iím going to look for more at the store. I tried a fresh bottle and again it was excellent. 2002 bottle from Mesa Liquor tried on 8/21/07: Heard psst when opening bottle. Quick disappear bubbles on glass edge. No head. Old musty aroma, leather, some oak, no melanoidal malt aroma could have some spoilage, but from the smell it is minimal. Taste is flat, dull, low in flavor. A tiny bit of tonque puckering. 5,2.5,4,2,9:2.2. Yuck, certainly past itís prime.

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