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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

232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 34
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of bunbury
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

bunbury, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of mick303
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vertical tasting, from notes.
A - much more creamy tan lacing than the original, excellent film and lacing, black body, looks amazing. 4.75
S - oily resin, warming, florals, honey, roasty malt, thick liquorice, dry herbal notes, wonderful. 4.5
T - more dry espresso, alcohol spice, some lemon, leather, very dry finish with some liquorice. 4.25
M - thick, creamy, very full, smooth mocha, very tasty and balanced. 4.25
O - a bit of the alcohol spiciness, good burnt toastiness character, some leafy spiciness, overall an excellent beer. 4.5

mick303, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of GratefulEdd
4/5  rDev -5.2%

GratefulEdd, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Lanstrum
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Lanstrum, May 30, 2013
Photo of pin
4/5  rDev -5.2%

pin, May 20, 2013
Photo of DukeX13
4/5  rDev -5.2%

DukeX13, May 19, 2013
Photo of WillCarrera
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with an inch of creamy brown head, leaves some nice lacing.

S- Chocolate, dark fruit and a lot of smoky, roasted grain.

T- Lots of roast and some subtle hops with a center of chocolate, caramel, and some dark fruit. Has a dry, smoky finish.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, dry finish.

O- A solid porter, very drinkable stuff and with some great flavors.

WillCarrera, May 13, 2013
Photo of alelover
4/5  rDev -5.2%

alelover, May 10, 2013
Photo of tommyguz
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

tommyguz, May 08, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

MadScientist, May 01, 2013
Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

dvmin98, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

YeastEnthusiast, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of abrodsky
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

abrodsky, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of hosehead83
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Opaque black in color, with a moderate head of deep tan foam.
Aroma-Chocolate, whiff of alcohol
Taste-Dark roasted malt, chocolate, earthy hop notes, gently warming finish. Dark, rich and smooth. great character and flavor. A great match for a strong blue cheese. Excellent.

hosehead83, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of pkalix
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black, but brown. cant see through it at all.
smell is heavenly! roasty chocolate malts, cocoa, vanilla...
taste is very cocoa. very vanilla. very roasted malts.
i cant find this beer on the brewery's own site. i would love to see some more story on this. 9% abv and a great taste.

pkalix, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of mt24turner
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance- pitch black, dark as it gets.. about a half finger head that hangs around surprisingly long
smell- warm and inviting, chocolatey and sweet, with a deep roasted coffee underneath, hops are pretty substantial
taste- really full malt, lots of dark fruit and caramel sweetness, followed by a strong coffee/espresso flavor. perfectly balanced hop bitterness and piney earthynes to match the huge complex malt, no alcohol flavor just a nice warmth. leaves you wanting another drink
mouthfeel- really full mouthfeel light carbonation.

mt24turner, Feb 21, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, marshmallows, vanilla, cocoa powder, and milk chocolate. Taste is much the same with char-like and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a fantastic smell and some really nice flavors. Definitely a step above normal Old Engine Oil in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Reswald, Feb 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

tbryan5, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

enelson, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of ElGallo
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ElGallo, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

pathman, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of bashiba
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

bashiba, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

kirbmeist, Jan 12, 2013
Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
94 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.