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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 30
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 01-04-2012)
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Reviews by DougT:
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DougT

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured into a Guinness pint glass.

Absolutely black with a 2 finger dark, frothy tan head with light tan edges. Melts away into a full layer of foam with acceptable lacing.

Smells of chocolate, malt, and roasted grain.

Sweet up front, chocolate, a little coffee then bitter into the after taste. Some yeast and hops notes in the middle. Well balanced. Some alcohol burn, but only as the other flavors wash away. The taste of chocolate lingers throughout.

Full bodied, creamy, smooth, with enough effervescence to keep it interesting. Coats the mouth and tongue and engages the whole palate.

Very good beer. The flavors are quite tasty and the experience worth the price of admission.

02-28-2014 21:59:58 | More by DougT
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MadScientist

New York

4.39/5  rDev +3.8%

A: Verk, very dark brown and opaque. A creamy dark brown head with good retention.

S: Moderately-strong chocolate and coffee aromas but a moderate dark dried fruit hit my nose before I even poured a glass. There is a soft alcohol sweetness and an inviting roasty/fermentation type of a smell that has me excited to try a sip. Some moderate dark roasted grain character as well.

T: A rich, dark malt flavors of chocolate, coffe with moderate sweetness balanced by some bitterness from the dark grains and a low hop bitterness. The balance somewhat sweet. There isn't much of the hops coming through but a low spiciness and fruitiness that is hard to distinguish what comes from the hops and what the grains and yeast bring. There is a low prune and raisin fruitiness. The is a light burnt character from the grains. The finish is medium and the aftertaste is of coffee and dark grains.

M: A creamy medium-full bodied beer with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A smooth beer with rich dark grain flavors of chocolate and coffee mixed with some dark fruit, a little spice and a burnt toffee character. A great after dinner beer that would pair well with a vanilla custard and fruit compote or any rich chocolate dessert.

04-30-2013 23:43:24 | More by MadScientist
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Tiernan

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-30-2013 02:25:46 | More by Tiernan
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dolivaw

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-03-2013 04:15:54 | More by dolivaw
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-20-2013 23:35:01 | More by tbryan5
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-31-2012 22:56:54 | More by DWolf
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-18-2014 04:01:05 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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nasa60

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-27-2014 02:43:04 | More by nasa60
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours dark as oil pitch black with a nice thicket of mocha tan head forms fine even lacing down the sides of my glass. This is basically an imperial version of their standard Old Engine Oil, I would call it just that an Imperial Porter. Aroma is creamy with dark chocolate, sweet underlying molasses, mild fruit complexity some hints of raisin. Herbal spicy hops are evident. Flavor is big with dark chocolate, roasted malt complexity, a hint of coffee. A touch of alcohol with dark ripened fruits blended in really a very smooth big dark beer can't tell that it would be 9% abv. Mouthfeel is medium bodied mellow carbonation this beer works well, I'm glad it wasn't aged in whiskey barrels I've had enough of their beers aged in whiskey. They need to send more of their standard and seasonal lineups stateside, seems like they know how to brew a really good beer. Overall my kind of big dark beer roasted malts big flavors with almost no harsh qualities, highly enjoyable definitely grab some. Only 4.99 a bottle really worth it for the abv and flavor quality.

01-04-2012 20:17:39 | More by WVbeergeek
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a sticky tan head that fades to a film but sticks to the glass in sheets.

S- The mellow dark toffee aroma has some smooth black roasted malt smells in the finish. Even though the aroma is smooth, it is full.

T- The mellow roasted black malt has some toffee flavors and an inky note comes through as it opens. There is a papery oak flavor that supports the malt aswell. The hop bittern note in the slightly sweet finish leads to a hint of a slightly tart hop flavor. There is a smokey black malt flavor that lingers in the aftertaste.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat really noticed.

O- This beer has a nice complex dark malt flavor that is also well blended and very drinkable. There is a bit more carbonation as the beer warms but it has some nice character.

01-03-2013 22:10:54 | More by rhoadsrage
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%

Black stallion pour with a grandiose tight mocha one inch head.

Rich black roast American coffee and Whoppers. Molasses, sweet cream and licorice noted as well.

Rich blend of hop fruity bitterness, malt and coffee. As it comes up in temperature, a more burnt quality stands out. Delicious cold or warmer.

Leaves my lips sticky with rich malt sweetness. A milky creaminess and yet so freakin clean. Leans toward more a stout thickness.

Overall a steady porter to lean on. My first impression was this is darn close to Ten-Fidy. Nothing over bearing and just a delight to spend time with. Truly decadent and worth every cent!

08-23-2013 02:39:01 | More by joeseppy
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Griffith

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-20-2014 03:53:46 | More by Griffith
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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%

Served off the hand pump @ Trapp Door in Emmaus, PA into a 10oz glass.

A- Pitch black (really is "Blackest") with a very creamy thin tan head. This beer is truly barely opaque.

S- Rich, dark chocolate, molasses and raisins. Alcohol is well hidden considering the 9%ABV.

T- Home run of a porter we have here. The sweetness and bitterness is played nice. Roasted cocoa and dark malt are exemplary.

M- Perfecto off the cask. This beer is meant for casks.

O- This beer is a very good example of a cask english porter. Very flavorful, robust, and truly a treat. FYI- $9 for a 10oz pour; $4.50 on T-Fr from 4pm-6pm during Happy Hour. Happy Hour @ Trapp Door is rocks.

05-15-2012 23:12:33 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-24-2014 19:49:32 | More by Ciocanelu
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woodchip

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

09-15-2013 02:46:41 | More by woodchip
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Corkpuller

Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +17%

Out of a wooden cask at TJ's Anniversary event. In a supreme lineup of dark beers including Parabola, Velvet Merkin, Everett, Bourbon County etc....this beer reigned supreme.

Rich, Dark and unctuous and not overly sweet. Hugely complex nose of dried fruits, roast and torrefaction. Dense but incredibly dynamic palate leads to a finish and aftertaste that just won't quit. the aftertaste is so long that it delays follow up sips, but just as the beer begins to fades the palate turns dry and begs for another glug.

The balance is such that the beer becomes more aromatic in the mouth than the nose. - an amazing feat for a dark beer of this volume.

An utterly fantastic experience.

12-10-2012 14:16:07 | More by Corkpuller
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

07-30-2013 23:36:09 | More by Doppelbockulus
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bashiba

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured a deep dark brown with dark mahogany highlights and a thin ring of dark tan head.

The smell is a mixture of light smoked peat, a bit of anise, and a touch of sweet alcohol.

The flavor is very black and bitter, a nice bit of sweetness starts to creep through after you get through the smoke and roasted barley flavors along with the moderate earthy hops. It seems to get a bit sweeter as you go with a touch of oatmeal and caramel malts coming out along with a Worcestershire fish oil type flavor as well that seems to give a very english like flavor, could be black treacle?

The mouthfeel is thick and oily, very heavy leaving a long lasting tongue coating.

Pretty nice big porter, has a great English quality to it along with a nice range of flavors.

01-13-2013 01:53:33 | More by bashiba
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Lanstrum

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-30-2013 22:24:11 | More by Lanstrum
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zonker17

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-14-2014 03:50:39 | More by zonker17
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uziangis

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.2%

10-10-2012 00:29:18 | More by uziangis
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mozim

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

08-25-2013 20:35:54 | More by mozim
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oso

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-13-2014 06:27:30 | More by oso
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Bung

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

11.2 oz. very dark brown/mohoghanny pour, just a ring and a few wisps light tan.

Aroma, heavy earthy chocolates. Lighter malt and anise.

Taste, Some earthy malt and dark chocolate. Mostly do instead by a heavy roast and anise however. Actually works pretty well, just more RIS, as others have pointed out.

Heavier than mid bodied, but enough carbonation. Just about creamy. Only a little warming. Good, definetely worth a try, though I prefer the regular as well.

10-31-2012 02:18:52 | More by Bung
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dvmin98

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-29-2013 20:15:00 | More by dvmin98
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Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
94 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.