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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
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outstanding

202 Ratings
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9%
Wants: 27
Gots: 23 | 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 +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-26-2014 13:16:47 | More by DrBier
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leitmotif

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-24-2014 19:55:42 | More by leitmotif
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

Romania

4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not the blackest pour, but almost there, one finger tan head, pretty quick to a sticky lace and a thin film.
Smell of salty roasted malts and extremely rich dark chocolate with a raisin here and there, sweet, creamy, lots of sweet spices (big vanilla, toffee, faint licorice), bit of pecan nuts, bit of coffee, bit of alcohol. This should be very very tasty.
Oh yea! Creamy chocolate up front, with cappuccino notes, nice toffee, cinnamon, brown sugar, cocoa powder, sweet oily nuts (Macadamia, Brazilian nuts), vanilla and a hint of coconut. Dark fruit undertone, with raisin, juicy plum and some fig. Sweetness dominates, but there's a strong robust dark maltiness, especially towards the end, with smokey burnt grains, bit of wood ash and charcoal. Finishes with a mix of lingering sweetness and roast, mild bitterness, rich aftertaste.
Smooth, but a bit light bodied, not very.. "nutritious". Alcohol nicely hidden.
This comes very close to the very top, would have been better if it kept the rich roastiness of the regular Old Engine Oil (actually, if the alcoholic sweetness didn't cover it up). Still, a huge English porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2014 18:38:59 | More by dcmchew
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.9%

07-20-2014 15:12:55 | More by facesnorth
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-14-2014 15:47:26 | More by Vonhinx
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KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-13-2014 01:49:59 | More by KAF
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-09-2014 05:12:56 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-04-2014 23:12:44 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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Lynn

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-01-2014 12:53:41 | More by Lynn
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toppoop

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-24-2014 19:22:41 | More by toppoop
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beertardis

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-23-2014 02:40:44 | More by beertardis
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hvy1

Maine

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-22-2014 12:03:39 | More by hvy1
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Vinyl_on_Tap

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-22-2014 11:43:36 | More by Vinyl_on_Tap
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StJamesGate

New York

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ruby black with a cappuccino head.
Fresh earth, carob, sweet tobacco, and brown sugar nose – sweet.
Char, treacle, black Twizzlers, then whiskey, wood, vanilla, and some coffee liqeuer.
Brownie end and roasty, dry linger.
Medium to light, a bit hot, slightly hot.

Doesn't really meld – wood is just laid on top of the base beer. Cuts too dry and loses the smoothness of OEE.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 16:32:08 | More by StJamesGate
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LastMalkieri

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-20-2014 02:45:17 | More by LastMalkieri
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slackattack

Spain

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours the color and viscosity of...you guessed it...old engine oil. Nice tan milk chocolatey looking head. Aroma is dominated by the smoky, toasty malt, and it smells damn delicious. Coffee, dark chocolate, and amazing are the major flavor notes, this thing is chewy like chocolate syrup. I don't want this bottle to end. I want to stop this review and enjoy it, soooo bye.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 06:49:03 | More by slackattack
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BigKahuna97


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-15-2014 22:37:59 | More by BigKahuna97
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utfiero

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- black hole, no light escapes its grip. No head.

Aroma- burnt coffee with pear and Christmas cake (like rum coffee with fruitcake).

Taste- Wow! This is superb! Starts smooth as silk with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, pear brandy, finishing long and lingering with perfect hop dryness blended with roasty perfection.

Tasted in Scotch glass on 6/13/14. Also tasted it's little brother "Old Engine Oil," and this is truly a grown up, aperitif of the original.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2014 22:13:28 | More by utfiero
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass
Faint toasted malt aroma
Head small (1.5 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to irregular ring with varying size bubbles
Lacing sketchy – few islands of small bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor is light, roasted malt; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl; flavor ends with no bitterness, just slightly sweet.
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

This is an excellent porter, creamy, sweet, lightly roasted. It is just a joy to drink – the only down side is the poor head and lacing which detract from the appearance.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2014 22:07:24 | More by Ozzylizard
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ADZA

Australia

3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black hue with a one finger Khaki head and some nice sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is roasted nuts,fruity hops and a real ashiness to it aswell,the feel is full bodied with above moderate carbonation and has tastes of milky chocolate,dark peated ashy malts,fruity earthy hops and finished with a taste of bitter coffee and overall quite a nice blend of bitter and sweet and would drink again cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 14:36:59 | More by ADZA
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spoony

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 330 ml bottle (code says 262/11) into a snifter.

A-A normal pour produces a finger of mocha-colored head that fades to cap after a minute. I get no lacing. The beer is ebony in color and still-looking. Pretty standard stuff.

S-The aroma is full of roast and chocolate flavors. There is a heavy dose of cream, as well. Another sniff reveals toffee and molasses. There is just a hint of char and bitterness. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden.

T-The taste is also a creamy mixture of milk and dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, and malted grains. There is a little bit of dark fruity sweetness from the alcohol and a touch of bitter smoke flavor.

M-The viscosity is quite high and the lazy carbonation does just enough to keep my palate interested. Really nice.

O-I really enjoy this beer. It is substantial in both taste and feel. The creamy flavors pair well with the thick mouthfeel, but there is just enough char and roasted flavors lurking underneath to keep this beer from feeling lopsided. A very solid effort with an outstanding mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 00:59:54 | More by spoony
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-11-2014 20:13:12 | More by Georgiabeer
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Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
94 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.