Old Engine Oil - Grenache Barrel Aged (Zymatore Project) - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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District of Columbia
3.83/5 rDev -9.9%
On tap at Church Key. Poured into a small snifter.
A porter only in appearance. Unique. A creamy sour - 4
A – Pours a dark, dark brown with intense foamy, creamy head. Great lacing - 4.5
S – Some roasted malt, lactic, slight chocolate - 3.75
T – Sour cherry, faint sweetness - 3.5
MF – Creamy, medium bodied – 4.75
02-28-2014 03:23:04 | More by Sludgeman
4.48/5 rDev +5.4%
On-tap at Prime 16, served in a goblet. This is from one of the experimental barrel projects undertaken by the importer B United, and is Old Engine Oil aged in Grenache barrels from a South African winery.
A: Black body with only faint garnet highlights around the extreme edges; on top lies a finger of frothy tan head that fades into a ring and leaves some light lace. Attractive.
S: Whoa, I was not prepared for this. Extremely sour, and in a very good way. Lots of tart grape, cherry, and cassis fruitiness is up front, backed by some tannic oak and a healthy dose of straight lactic sourness. Not much in the way of malt, but perhaps a touch of chocolate. Really intense, and really great.
T: Follows the nose - fruity and tart up front, with some chocolate and vanilla sweetness midway through ahead of a supremely tart, dry, tannic finish. The barrel is totally dominant, and totally delicious.
M: Medium-to-full-bodied with pleasant viscosity. Plenty of creamy carbonation, too. Luscious.
O: Who would have expected a hearty base beer like OEO to be so thoroughly overwhelmed by a round of barrel aging? This one was all about the sour, vinous, complex notes from the wood. Much more of a dark sour than a traditional Porter, but you won't hear me complaining about that!
08-20-2012 21:50:29 | More by woosterbill
Old Engine Oil - Grenache Barrel Aged (Zymatore Project) from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
90 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.