Old Engine Oil Special Reserve (Aged In Malt Whiskey Casks) | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Old Engine Oil Special Reserve (Aged In Malt Whiskey Casks)Old Engine Oil Special Reserve (Aged In Malt Whiskey Casks)

Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by xlperro on 10-27-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2.72/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 11/20/12

The color is a dark, inky brown. I was skeptical about the head; it wasn't until the glass was almost full that loose, lifeless bubbles were buoyed by some rising carbonation. Thin retention overall, but lace is good.

Whiskey jumps right out of the glass when taking a nip for the old nostrils. I'm not sure what kind of whiskey casks were used, but it is on the sweeter order, which ties in with sugary notes of molasses, caramel, chocolate, raisins and prunes. Warmth finds dark fruits creeping into a better view. Moderate wood tones with hints of vanilla.

Old Engine Oil tastes downright odd. The short version is this is one tangy critter. The whiskey has a peat-like bent, while hints of roast walk a haphazard path. I'm glad the sugars are more toasted that sticky sweet with a fair amount of burnt chocolate. The later half and finish find both wood notions and something of an earthy bitterness.

The body is on the burgeoning side of medium. Carbonation is low, which suits me just fine. Whoa, the very last sip has some seriously clumpy stuff going on - yuck.

Overall impression - Not outstanding, but it is a reasonable solid sipper (at least until the last sip). Now, I don't know that it's a $4.99 for a 12oz bottle kind of reasonable, but that's a different tale.

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3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A black bodied beer with almost no head or lacing. Looks a bit too still. Aroma of chocolate, malt, and whisky-the peat really comes out in the nose. Complex flavor, definitely very much scotch forward, with a distinct peat whisky flavor on top of ample roastiness, bittersweet chocolate, a touch of tobacco and dark fruit. Dry and corky; somewhat vinous; particularly dry on the finish.

The body was disappointingly thin and undercarbonated, detracting from the overall experience. Still, an intricate, complex flavor made this an interesting and enjoyable beer nonetheless.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Harviestoun Old Engne Oil; Special Reserve

Randomly picked this bad boy up at my local bottle shop. I usually scan past the overseas stuff but noticed the whiskey barrel aging label. This, plus a 3 dollar price tag, equals an easy decision. Bought the 11.2 oz bottle without a BOD. Poured into a 12 oz Delirium snifter.

Settles pitch F'n black with less than a fingers worth of light mocha dome. It dissipates quick but leaves polk-a-dot lacing that looks sticky.

The nose offers some caramel malt that is paired with figgy fruits and milky chocolate. Some sweet and biscuity malts are also detectable.

The flavor that I experienced is out of the ballpark and comes outta nowhere. Milk chocolate so much it almost seems like little Heresey bars are melted and blended with alcohol. Sweet vanilla and oak are only barely detectable under the silky chocolate cloak that dominates. Swishing the elixer around reveals the beastly ABV within.

The mouthfeel is a little thin but is made up for with the velvety cocoa, working it's way into my palate.

Overall, suprisingly badass and full of flavor. Where did this come from and whats up with the shy reviews? This thing packs a punch!

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown almost black, tan head that dissipates to a small ring around the glass

S - Vanilla, Sweet, Chocolate, whiskey

T - Dark Chocolate, sweet, mellow at first, but alcohol aftertaste.

M - Sticky

D - Full bodied beer, a tasty after dinner drink, something maybe to share as the alcohol content is 8%. Alcohol bite and stickiness lowers the drinkability but still, overall a great beer.

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4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged bottle in my cellar. We will say 2007 as this is the youngest it can possibly be. Poured into a British pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours black as night with a wafer thin quarter finger of mocha head that lingers for as long as time itself (the duration of the brew). Lacing clings to the sides of the glass almost like not fully stirred cocoa.

Smell- Milk chocolate and vine driven fruits upfront. Lighter fruits are quick to follow with an almost mango or prickly pear smell hiding in the background. Clearly any hops that previously existed are long gone, and any strong whiskey notes are also fairly gone. I do catch some oak giving that sort of milky chocolaty thing going on.

Taste- Vinous character and dried fruits stick around but as previous reviewers have stated, this does cling harder to the stout end than the old ale end. I think this benefits the beer but somewhere they probably should have stated the style as something else. I do taste oxidation here that is favorable and light chocolate flavor, a pleasant viscous quality like 10W-30 crosses the lips making the beer live up to its name. Actually this is somewhat close to an old ale depending on how rigid you want to cling to styles.

Mouthfeel- A bit greasy, not sticky, lightly chewy, full bodied, not warming or overly alcoholic neither by the wood nor the 8% abv. Very low carbonation.

Drinkability- I believe this beer has aged well and I'm glad to have it now years down the line. If you have an old one hiding around then you can probably enjoy it now or later. Is it still found in the US?

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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330 mL bottle.

A: The old ale looks more like a stout, all dark and black like. It's head, a sharp contrast to the dark ale, is a latte color.

S: Nutty graham flavors, again with the stout, dominate the nose. The slightest hint of smoky peat hides behind the rich maltiness.

T: Strike three for the stout vs. old ale debate. The nutty malts, sweetened with graham, remind me of a solid Russian Imperial Stout. The cask aging has imparted a just a touch of smokiness, a peaty mildness that quickly blends in with chocolate malts. The chocolate is rich, a veritable Hershey's chocolate bar of sweetness. I'd love a little more in the way of whisky, but the chocolate malts work.

M: The rich chocolate, much more substantial than syrup, runs throughout the ale, a punch in the face. The dash of peat could be stronger but it might clash with the chocolate.

D: Three-fourths of the way through the ale, it hits hard. The chocolate lingers though, a pleasant reminder.

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Old Engine Oil Special Reserve (Aged In Malt Whiskey Casks) from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 201 ratings