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Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest Ale - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest AleOld Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest Ale

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 34
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 01-04-2012)
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.88/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

BMFR1811, Sunday at 12:36 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jzlyo, Nov 18, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -7.1%

Bladezone, Nov 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jyacco15, Nov 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Matagal, Nov 10, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

MLaVioletteJr, Oct 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

zeledonia, Oct 26, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -19.4%

Cobrabob428, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is slightly less than a finger high, and mocha in shade. While the texture is quite creamy, it doesn't retain very well. Only a tiny bit of lacing is left on the glass. (3.25)

Smell: Wow, big dark chocolate is coming through. There's an undercurrent of ashy roasted malts, tobacco, and peat as well. Combined with the roastiness, it almost seems like a good mocha. While there's no doubt this beers smells incredibly nice...I'm not sure it smells any bigger or better than the regular Old Engine Oil. (3.75)

Taste: Surprise, surprise, dark chocolate is the biggest flavor of this beer. Hops surge up on the aftertaste, creating a nice tobacco note. Between the beginning and end, sweet caramel and brown sugar seem to tie everything together. There's one thing missing in order for me to give it a 4: some more roast flavor. Subtle coffee flavors float around, I just wish they were beefed up a notch. Still a quality porter, though. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: While the feel is more slick and oily than viscous (appropriate for a porter, however), it certainly has a thick richness that gives it good decadence. Because it's decadent, it's not the most drinkable. But really, who cares? This is a nice one to savor. Carbonation remains gentle throughout. (3.5)

Overall: This is an excellent porter, much like its little brother. At first, I don't think there's enough to differentiate this from its little brother, until I focus on its bigness in comparison. It's pretty much a bigger, richer Old Engine Oil - and that's no bad thing. (3.75)

3.7/5: A rock-solid night capper loaded with chocolaty goodness

ThisWangsChung, Oct 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ivyman, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

KForlino, Oct 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%

KBlodorn, Oct 04, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

MarkyMOD, Sep 30, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

Jrdonohue10, Sep 27, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rich black with a thin brown head. Aroma is of sweet chocolate and caramel malt. Taste has a nice sweet roasted chocolate and caramel malt flavor with some roasted espresso bean bitterness. Palate is a full rich slightly viscous body, smooth and slight sticky mouth feel with good mild carbonation. The finish is sweet mildly roasted caramel and chocolate malt with some mild roasted espresso bean bitterness for balance. Overall this is a very good full flavored rich and tasty brew, enjoyed.

Samp01, Sep 26, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black with a luscious, creamy head that sticks close to the surface. Smells deeply malty...dark bread, coffee beans, cocoa, nougat, and a soft plum and berry fruitiness. First sip is notably creamy smooth and features chocolate, coffee, molasses, and tobacco with a slight smoky char underlying it all. Plush and somewhat chewy in texture, it's not really heavy so much as beautifully soft and creamy. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. Excellent...I feel classy drinking this. Funny how you sometimes find the best beers on the lowest shelves covered in dust.

wedge, Sep 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

HoppySeb, Sep 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

seangibbs60, Sep 14, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours pitch black with a slight head that laces and retains less than normal. Light nose of chocolate, roast and dark fruit (dates, figs, raisins) with a touch of coffee over a light rich malt sweetness. Medium bodied with a very slick, approaching creamy, texture. Below normal carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The excellent flavor profile is quite complex yet balanced. Alcohol is noticed on the first sip, but then becomes well hidden. It begins with a rush of dark chocolate sweetness and roast over a light coffee background, then the dark fruit flavors predominate the middle. The finish is a slow fade of the flavor profile where the spicy hops become evident and leaves a nice alcohol burn at the back of the throat.

tillmac62, Sep 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
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4.88/5  rDev +15.6%

Pours pitch black, no reds around the glass. Very dark, too dark to see carbonation.

Aromas of chocolate and coffee. Sweet roasted malts. little bit of alcohol. Mostly coffee and chocolate malts.

Flavor is excellent. Much like the smell, the malts dominate. Coffee, chocolate, deep roast flavors but not quite burnt, which is very nice. I nice bitter finish. Alcohol flavor comes through but works well.

Overall and excellent beer. The name is spot on, color and viscosity is right in line with burnt engine oil. Definitely worth a try.

cottonkoozie, Sep 07, 2014
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Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
94 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.