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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2003
Pours a thick rich luxurious black with almost no head to speak of. Aroma is chocolate and whiskey, with some malt presence as well. The taste is full of chocolate, coffee and malt. Body is not nearly as heavy as it looks, about medium I guess. The aftertaste is a bit sour and acidic but only slightly so. An excellent beer!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7515) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Head is initially small, fizzy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, coffee, roasted grain), with light notes of vanilla, whisky, smoke, and cask wood. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. A sour affair, and in this context, it just ain't workin' for me. Nice aroma though. Sweetness is kind of sugary/syrupy/sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (6125) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Had this at an impromptu beer tasting at Bon Vivant Market in Smithfield VA on 11-8-03. Thanks to Mike from Bon Vivant and Andrew from Specialty Distributors. WOW! What a difference between this and the original. Deep brown body with a small tan head. Nose is smoked wood with coffee, caramel, a light heather hint and scotch notes also. The taste brings more of the wood to the front along with tartness, some more heather, cocoa, and alcohol/whisky notes. Full mouthfeel to this one with a only slight bitterness to the finish. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2004 pours with a finger-high tan head that recedes quickly to just a ring around the edge. black. sweet oaky aroma. you can tell this was aged in a whisky cask. sweet chocolate and a bit sour (vaguely reminiscent of blackberries). smooth. damn good beer. well worth the 3.50 i paid for the bottle. do NOT pour this into your engine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2003
This Old Engine Oil has been aged in a old whiskey cask. It was so good. Nice and roasty tasting. Full bodied. It has some flavors of smooth chocolate and aromatic flavors of whiskey. Dark in color. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2003 I am shocked and suprised to be the first to rate this beer! Living in little old NJ, and this coming from Scotland, are you Ratebeer Brits falling down on the job?! This is the standard OEO that is kicked up a notch. Has a more complex aroma with a whisky note to it that adds some sourness and well, a smell of whiskey! Beer is rich and full with some sourness that blends right in with the flavor. I think this is just a bit better than the standard version and all u ratebeerians out there should get on the ball and try this one!

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