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Old Engine Oil - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Old Engine OilOld Engine Oil

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,321 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,321
Reviews: 728
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 96
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Loki

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4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 330 mL bottle.

Well I don't think they could have found a better name for this unique brew.

The session starts with a pour of this thick, viscous black/brown liquid flows, almost reluctantly out of the bottle. The pour creates a small biege, creamed coffee color head, that quickly fades to a wispy thin, but ever present covering. Each swirl or tilt of the glass leaves thin lines and spots of lacing all around. When held up to the light, the outer layer of the beer assumes a dark mahogany color. While the center simply devours the light, like a black hole. The only real fault I found in apperance was the small, quick fading head.

The aroma takes a complete departure from anything related to engine oil, but not oils completely. Strong aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee pour forth. With a not so subtle backdrop of smoke and grease, not automotive grease, but cooking grease. Like the scent of fresh cooked bacon, the real stuff, not that turkey bacon that I'm stuck with because it's "good for you." If there are any hop scents my olfactory scences were over powered by the chocolate and the smoke.

The tastes and the body give more support for the name. Chocolate, bitterness, smoke, roasted malt, and grease all dominate for an almost stout like flavor profile with a very full body and a viscous coating of the tongue and mouth with its thick, rich body. Simply wonderful.

While this old engine oil would reek havoc on your car's engine it would certainly help lube up yours and keep it running smoothly for the next 15 minutes or .01 miles when you reach your recommended level for your next "oil change!"

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 15:38:12 | More by Loki
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Old Engine Oil from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 1,321 ratings.