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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
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247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 38
Gots: 30 | 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:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 01-04-2012

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Photo of John_M
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wooden keg at TJ's 9th anniversary event.

The beer pours a darkish brown color with fairly good lacing and decent head retention. The nose is quite complex in this beer, as I pick up licorice, sherry, light coffee, vanilla and smoke. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly sweet beer, and it seemed to be dominated by vanilla, licorice and smoke. The smoke flavor really adds an interesting note to this excellent beer, and as the beer warms, there's considerable dark chocolate as well. There's a hint of bitterness on the finish that helps to keep the sweetness in check, and I'm impressed by how drinkable this beer is (the beer is fairly sweet, but not overly so). Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with a long, smooth, licorice and vanilla infused finish. Alcohohl is very well integrated into the flavor profile. This is a big beer, obviously, but I really don't get much sense of the 9% abv.

Just an altogether excellent beer, and an absolute treat to see out of a wooden cask. Very nice...

Photo of redliner8
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Puerto Rico Food & Liquors. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - A thin tan foam settles to a collar, wisps, and a few specks of lace. Dark brown and fairly opaque body.

S - Chocolate, smoke, fruity yeast, slightly vinous, with some mild floral hopping. Biscuit and butter toffee sweetness, with some raisin and other dark fruits. Smells like more of a cross between an English porter and an old ale. There's a bit of sherry-esque oxidation, although this is pretty new so perhaps it's deliberate?

T - The taste is smokey, with some meaty glazed ham flavors, as well as caramel, toffee, fruity yeast notes, buttermilk, chocolate, and a hint of tobacco leaf. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

M - A tad thin for a 9% beer, but there's no alcohol heat and it's quite easy to drink. Lightly grainy texture, medium body, with a fairly dry and crisp finish.

D - Solid stuff, particularly if you like fruity English ales. Might not have been worth the somewhat steep price tag ($7.99 for an 11.2oz bottle) bit it was easy to drink, with a rich and complex flavor profile.

Photo of jmaharaj
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't seem pour as thick as I expected ut it is a deep deep black. A thin off-white head leaves a ring around the beer thnat lingers.
Smells lovely. Deep bitter coffee, burnt grains and a toffe scent that,despite the thickness of the aroma, doesnt feel sickeningly sweet. A sharp sting of alcohol sits on the top. I didnt expect much hops presence at all, but im getting some earthy and peppery hops. nothing huge, but something is certainly there.
Very tasty. A long beer with all the notes from the nose showing up well on the tongue. The toffee malts melt on the tongue, whirling with the coffe and a light chocolate flavor. Nothing here seems artificial. the hops dont show up with flavor, but they do dry up the beer pleasingly on the end. Wen everything else had had its say, the 9%alcohol kicks in with a comforting warmth.
Low carbonation, but that was expected. Sometimes even in thick stouts where its expected the low carbonation seems to produce a sappy beer, that isnt the case here. The beer feels thicker than it looks. Wonderfully viscous as it rolls over the tongue. Its a genuine sort of thickness, not tacky or oily. Thats what impresses me most about this beer. Its pretty big and flavorful, but it seems so well brewed, nothing seems added or out of place. Solid in every way.

Photo of CosmicTom
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – A black color overall, with a red accent on the edge. Slightly darker than the regular Old Engine Oil. A creamy head that retains a ring around the very edge of the glass. Good lacing.

Smell – Chocolate, roasted malt, and molasses. Smell is very similar to the regular Old Engine Oil, but not quite as sweet.

Taste – Taste is similar to the smell; chocolate with a subtle sweetness. Similar to the regular Old Engine Oil, with a touch more booziness to it. However, it certainly doesn’t taste 50% stronger (9% abv vs 6% abv).

Mouthfeel – Smooth and velvety. Lightly carbonated. A slight booziness.

Drinkability – Very drinkable. This went down too easy. I think this is another underrated porter from Harvieston.

Photo of speak72
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Bung
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of uziangis
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of EigenBeer
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Brick Store Pub 9/2/2012. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) deep brown body, big chocolate cream brown head with above average retention. 4

(Smell) Aromas of sour dark fruits, licorice, oak, and cocoa. Aroma is dry, mildly sweet and certainly complex. Overall pretty nice. 3.5

(Taste) Bready sourdough malt, sweet chocolate and lactose like that of a milk stout, followed through by a mildly smoky, black malt finish with a lasting licorice impression. Very complex although I found the finish more pleasant than the rest of the brew. 4

(Mouthfeel) Slick, mildly creamy, low carbonation, quite dry. Alcohol presence is medium, body is medium/heavy. Nice pairing, could be a bit thicker and creamier. 4

(Overall) Second time around, I found this a pretty good beer but not as unbelievably good as the first time around. While the flavors were all well developed, I feel a little more time to mellow out this brew would do it some good. 4

Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.'s
Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest Ale
3.9/5.00

Photo of jhhollier
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a nice 1 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, char, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, earth, and light herbal hops. Very nice aromas with good balance and strength. Taste of dark chocolate, coffee, char, roasted malt, toffee, molasses, earth, and herbal hops. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, char, coffee, toffee, molasses, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of flavors; with minimal cloying flavors. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Not as dense feeling as the original version though. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial porter. Nice robust and balanced flavors; very smooth to sip on. The original version still tops this one, but I enjoyed this quite a bit.

Photo of jpd7374
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of woosterbill
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16, served in a 3/4 pint glass.

A: Totally opaque black body under a finger of creamy, frothy dark tan head. Great retention, sticky lace. Lovely.

S: Rich, dark, and intense. Huge dark chocolate, licorice, coffee, and cocoa powder. A hint of herbal character, too. Terrific.

T: Follows the nose, with a bit of caramel sweetness following all the intense roastiness to balance everything out. A bit of booze, bitterness, and licorice on the finish - ends a bit harshly. The dark chocolate is great, the aftertaste isn't. Quite good overall, though.

M: Frothy, lively, and creamy. Too bubbly, but fun.

O: This one is simply huge for the style, being much closer to the average RIS than the average English Porter. I'm not complaining, as it was delicious.

Cheers!

Photo of Chugs13
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of JBarx
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving a collar of large bubbles and some wispy lacing on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts and smoke in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark roasted malts and is accompanied by a very slight amount of bitterness and some hints of chocolate and smoked peat.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is incredibly drinkable—no traces of the alcohol whatsoever are present in the taste.

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of DWolf
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours rich and velvetty and lusious. Didn't get much of a foam cap even when vigorously poured into my glass.Basically just a strong collar.
The color is a super deep brown.
Very aromatic. smells along the line of a coffee stout. One can also pick up sutle nuiances of vanilla and oak. But overall the aroma is richly roasted malts.
Taste is fantastic, lots of roasted malts candied toffee, chocolate and rippening dark fruits. A tich of alcohol come through at the end.
Flows thick and smooth over the palette.
Easily one of the best beers I've had to date.

Photo of retreminy
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black in color with hints of dark brown when held up to the light and moderate amounts of carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that reduces to a very thin patch covering the majority of the surface of the beer, a small thick patch, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts and burnt malts along with notes of chocolate, coffee, and caramel.

T: Similar to the smell, this beer has a strong body of dark roasted malts and burnt malts. There are notes of dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, licorice, and just a hint of caramel sweetness.

M: Just shy of full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Silky smooth.

O: For such a strong porter, the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. I found this beer to be enjoyable but very much a sipping beer and not a session beer.

Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
94 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.