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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

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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of factoide
5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Jrdonohue10
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Samp01
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rich black with a thin brown head. Aroma is of sweet chocolate and caramel malt. Taste has a nice sweet roasted chocolate and caramel malt flavor with some roasted espresso bean bitterness. Palate is a full rich slightly viscous body, smooth and slight sticky mouth feel with good mild carbonation. The finish is sweet mildly roasted caramel and chocolate malt with some mild roasted espresso bean bitterness for balance. Overall this is a very good full flavored rich and tasty brew, enjoyed.

Photo of wedge
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black with a luscious, creamy head that sticks close to the surface. Smells deeply malty...dark bread, coffee beans, cocoa, nougat, and a soft plum and berry fruitiness. First sip is notably creamy smooth and features chocolate, coffee, molasses, and tobacco with a slight smoky char underlying it all. Plush and somewhat chewy in texture, it's not really heavy so much as beautifully soft and creamy. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. Excellent...I feel classy drinking this. Funny how you sometimes find the best beers on the lowest shelves covered in dust.

Photo of HoppySeb
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of seangibbs60
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of tillmac62
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours pitch black with a slight head that laces and retains less than normal. Light nose of chocolate, roast and dark fruit (dates, figs, raisins) with a touch of coffee over a light rich malt sweetness. Medium bodied with a very slick, approaching creamy, texture. Below normal carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The excellent flavor profile is quite complex yet balanced. Alcohol is noticed on the first sip, but then becomes well hidden. It begins with a rush of dark chocolate sweetness and roast over a light coffee background, then the dark fruit flavors predominate the middle. The finish is a slow fade of the flavor profile where the spicy hops become evident and leaves a nice alcohol burn at the back of the throat.

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of cottonkoozie
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%

Pours pitch black, no reds around the glass. Very dark, too dark to see carbonation.

Aromas of chocolate and coffee. Sweet roasted malts. little bit of alcohol. Mostly coffee and chocolate malts.

Flavor is excellent. Much like the smell, the malts dominate. Coffee, chocolate, deep roast flavors but not quite burnt, which is very nice. I nice bitter finish. Alcohol flavor comes through but works well.

Overall and excellent beer. The name is spot on, color and viscosity is right in line with burnt engine oil. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of masterofsparks
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Wobbly
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%

A remarkable beer from a great brewery. The texture has velvety richness to it, but remarkably drinkable. Bouquet of chocolate and iron. Flavor profile is very complex, with an iron like flavor giving way to deep malty and chocolate flavors. One of my favorite porters. b

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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of dcmchew
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | 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.

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