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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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213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
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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Photo of flagmantho
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich black hue whose edges suggest an extremely dark brown. Head is a thick finger of frothy dark tan foam. Quite nice.

Smell: rich, smooth aroma of creamy chocolate with a hint of vegetal hops. Not terribly complex, but well-crafted and enticing.

Taste: much deeper and more complex than the aroma. Chocolatey malt flavors provide a backdrop against which earthy and vegetal hops play; fruitier alcohol compounds provide good complexity. Bitterness is relatively high. There is plenty of sweetness here, but it is well-balanced almost to the point of being hidden by the bitterness and alcohol. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: big body with a good level of carbonation. The body and ABV make this a very silky drink, and the creaminess adds even more luscious texture. I love it.

Overall: this is a really tasty and chewy beer, although I must admit I would like a little bit less of the vegetal hop character present. Still, it's very good.

flagmantho, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of abcramer
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

abcramer, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

A: Hard to believe this is a porter not a stout. Pours black and thick with a head that is thick and creamy and brown.

S: Smells surprisingly sweet, oaky and very roasty.

T: Chocolate, oak, alcohol really comes through. I think the alcohol seems to overpower some of the other flavors here. Otherwise pretty solid.

M: Sits pretty good. Gets a little sour as the bubbles take affect. Heavy body. Some good lingering notes.

Overall a really good beer but I'm not sure it's as good as the unaged version. The alcohol seems a little unbalanced but it is still much better than the average brew.

Jamesthebrit, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.23/5  rDev 0%

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is very good given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Lots of sweet malt chocolate, but also a large earthy component with a touch of mineral. Caramel sweetness and supple roastiness. Well put together. Booze is hidden well.

4.5 T: Much like the nose. Sweet malt chocolate, caramel, molasses. Vanilla, supple roastiness, and mineral. Booze is well hidden again.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light to moderate creaminess. Good here.

4.0 D: I find this to be the best of the series, beating out the regular OEO and all of the Ola Dubhs. More than solid all around.

DavoleBomb, May 31, 2012
Photo of soju6
4/5  rDev -5.4%

A: Pours a black color with a thick head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate, with some coffee and dark fruit to round it out. Very inviting rich aroma.

T: taste is similar to the aroma, with roasted malt and chocolate up front there is a bit of coffee and dark fruit to round it out with a mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Body is quite full, smooth and creamy. very well balanced. No hint of the 9% ABV.

O: Overall a very good beer that is not overpowering. Nice choice when you want something different.

soju6, May 29, 2012
Photo of drpimento
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured at a good temperature and with a medium size, tan, foamy head that soon settled to some swirls and a ring plus some lace. Color (with the help of a bright light) is a clear, almost opaque brown black red. Aroma is a heavenly, volatile blend of coffee, malt, cocoa, dark ripe fruit, vanilla. Flavor's like nose, has good interplay between malt sweet & bitter, carbonic tang, and hop bitter plus a bit metallic. Body is good, full and decent carbonation. Finsih is like flavor, fairly long, and the barest hint of alcohol. Very good beer.

drpimento, May 28, 2012
Photo of Jlang2012
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Jlang2012, May 25, 2012
Photo of JamesS
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Pours a wonderful thick black with wonderful thick head and great lacing throughout. Great chocolate and roasted grain aromas with a nice earthiness underneath. Excellent flavors with great thick and sweet and coffee like roasted malts and a wonderful chocolate flavor with a great slight earthy hop undertone. Extremely smooth and great going down with no discernible alcohol heat. Best... Beer... Ever.

JamesS, May 25, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev -5.4%

polishkaz, May 21, 2012
Photo of CarolinaKev
4/5  rDev -5.4%

CarolinaKev, May 19, 2012
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
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.

TheSupremeAJ, May 15, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%

Picked this up at Bier Thirty last week, I think I paid about $7ish. Poured into my slim tulip... short lasting dark brown head.. big bubble lacing is okay at best... the brew is pretty much black except for the most remote ruby highlights near the stem.

Nose shows a bit boozy light dark malt.. not nearly as "black" as I would expect..

Flavor is more dark.. but odd. Something that I associate with fermented out molasses.. background char that is sweetened a bit by dark raisin... some pronounced cocoa with warmth.. Palate dies off pretty quickly.

Body seems thinned out by EtOH.... carbonation is pretty solid but goes away quickly on my tongue..

Not sure that I would identify this as any type of "porter"... Strong ale, probably... or a damn boozy porter, I guess too.


Okay... glad I got a chance to try it, but I want Harvieston to bring back the Special Reserve... I would like to try that again.

JohnGalt1, May 08, 2012
Photo of acevenom
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a two-finger length dark tan head that dissipates slowly. There is excellent head retention. Some lacing is left behind on the glass as the head dissipates. There are aromas of dark roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, and molasses. There are lots of big flavors in this beer. Sweet dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, molasses, hops, and some dark fruits can be tasted in this beer. The alcohol is very well-hidden in this one. The flavors remind me so much of a good RIS, but I have to remember this is a porter. The body is medium and this is smooth and creamy. There is just enough carbonation to make this very drinkable. It goes down very easily. Despite the fact that this is such a big beer, it still feels like a porter. Overall, this is an excellent beer. I liked it better than the regular Old Engine Oil, which is also an excellent beer. This porter is big and bold, but doesn't forget it's a porter. This is a home run.

acevenom, May 07, 2012
Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

ucsbmullet, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of HamGlade10
4.4/5  rDev +4%

Pours pitch black, nice tan head that lingers. This is a very drinkable brew. Very smooth, silky, not overly thick. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate flavors, slight bitterness that lingers. This is a brew meant for a cask. Overall, a great beer, not overpowering, alcohol is very well hidden.

HamGlade10, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Aroma has notes of chocolate, roast coffee and caramel. It pours a deep sable with a thick tan head. Scrumptious flavor has chocolate, quality coffee and malt notes plus hints of licorice and caramel. Lip smacking! Thick, smooth mouthfeel has a good amount of fizz and leaves a smoky, slightly sweet finish. You don’t have to be an engineer to appreciate this one.

Cyberkedi, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

bluntedboywonder, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

muchloveforhops3, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

Bottle purchased as part of a mixed six for $5.50.

Poured into my trusty Southampton pint glass.

Looked molasses brown from the bottleneck, looks black as night in the glass. Tight crema for head that's tan in color. Really wants to stick to the inner wall of the glass, but only does in little tangles. 4.0

Robust English porter aroma carries a rich and complex maltiness that is dark in roast and large in size. Hints of cocoa powder and dried fruits peek out at me through the nose. The ever slightest nuances of hops. Some ground coffee notes fill it out. 4.0

Fully roasted malts with a ton of grain, measuring out ample servings of peat, dark fruits, and bitter char. Coffee and chocolate flavors are darker still than in the aroma. More bitterness in the finish from an earthy English hop, but it's pretty subdued and blended with some mild sweetness from the grain bill. Detectable heat on the tail-end, as well, but balances out nicely. 4.5

Impressively smooth and velvety. Medium-full bodied with expressions of alcohol that, all in all, are decently masked. Carbonated to style and to my preference. In essence, dangerously drinkable. 4.5

I had the regular version of Old Engine Oil awhile back and really wanted to try this when I saw it hit shelves in my area. Only passed over it once before finally submitting to picking it up. Decent price. Better than decent beer. An English porter that I adore. 4.5

thecheapies, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of godmare
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

godmare, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

kaelingirl, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of rhhjr
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

rhhjr, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of mitchellaneous
5/5  rDev +18.2%

mitchellaneous, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Hopstout, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

lNice imperial porter...

Presentation:33 cl brown capped bottle. Oval label with shiny copper frame, and the faded image of old cars among the borders. Front already starts to describe the brew, and the back notes expand the ingredients, and intent. Shows a faded code on the neck and 9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Black pour with deep dark brown edges, rich creamy head, good retention, nice surface memory and lacing.

S - Nice roasted nose, very malty with chocolate and coffee notes leading to a fruity bitterness…

T - …which hold their own very well in the palate. Rich roasted notes, chocolate and coffee, and that bitter/sweet note is slightly punctuated by a touch of charred wood. Fruity, slightly sour dash in the horizon over a floral hoppy insinuation.

M - Medium/full body with medium carbonation, which punctuates nicely a very creamy and smooth ride.

O - Quite a nice rich porter.

Notes: Solid through and through, maybe nothing special but hits all the notes of the style with great dexterity. A tad too expensive with the import and all, but a nice brew.

Daniellobo, Mar 11, 2012
Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
94 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.