FatPhil (15965) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 12, 2017
Gravicask (CWAF2017)john44 (3062) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2017
Dry roasty aroma. Dark. Burnt roasty taste. Thinnish watery palate. Don’t do this to a great beer, please.
Cask. Nearly black. Viscous & chocolatey. Roasted malts (dark bitter chocolate, espresso coffee). Fruity (berries). Hop bitterness. Dry roast chocolatey finish. Terrific beer for relatively low ABV. (2008)
Mishnok (285) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2017
Half from cask. Pours reddish black with slight head. Good aroma with taste of toffee, malts, winter fruit but not too heavy or sweet. Good balance, would recommend
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone The_Osprey (7881) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2016
Cask at The Swan, Hammersmith, last week as ’Harviestoun Old Engine Oil’, 4.5% version. Black with a red hue, no real head. Aroma is light smoke, earthy. Body is rounded, oily, low carbonation. Taste is coke, sugary, light smoke astringency, some apple peel, no real bitterness. Too sweet for me. Weird estery apple and astringent smoke. I find this a bit ponderous. Doesn’t come together that well. Stuu666 (13094) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2016
Cask at the haymarket. Pours black, nose liquorice, chocolate, taste is sweet, toffee, liquorice, doesn’t benefit from the drop in abv.
ianwelby (1369) - SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2015
Black ale with a thin brownish head. Light, malty aroma. Bitter taste of malt and coffee with a hearty, earthy aftertaste. I could have gone a bit more sweetness but it’s nice. fsquirrel29 (90) - Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2015
Definitely a favorite. Daughter got it for me as a present & I would definitely get it again. Buongiorgio00 (934) - - DEC 22, 2014
Una buon ibrido tra una porter e una old ale denso e quasi burrosa, con note intense di caffé, cioccolato, leggero cocco e una sfumatura amara. SlackerMads (3360) - DENMARK - NOV 11, 2014
Cask. Dark brown close to black with a medium sized frothy beige head. Taste is mostly sour with some light acetone and lactic flavours. Buttery mouthfeel. No thanks. gegwilson (3676) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
I was delighted to see this on the bar at the Carlisle Wetherspoons as the full strength version is a favourite. Poured mahogany with a tan head. Starts a little sharp and thin, but the flavour really kicks in in the aftertaste with delicious chocolate and coffee notes that are reminiscent of the original. The lower ABV makes it very easy drinking. Good beer.