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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2733) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Pours a dark black brown color with a small light brown bubbly head that quickly shrinks . Nose is soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, oak, smoke and peat. Mouthfeel is very nice adn syrup like. Taste is booze, oak, charcoal, teriyaki rice. The alcohol taste is obvious but you do not feel the burn. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2008
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2793) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - SEP 5, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2789) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilBeerDoctor (3872) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2008
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 Ive 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, its quite different and in my mind they were about the same in quality but had quite different flavor profiles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3399) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 6, 2008
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.

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