Old Engine Oil - Grenache Barrel Aged (Zymatore Project) | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by woosterbill on 08-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings:
18
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.13%
 
 
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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

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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!

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Old Engine Oil - Grenache Barrel Aged (Zymatore Project) from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
4.18 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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