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Old Engine Oil - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

Old Engine OilOld Engine Oil

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1,250 Ratings

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Ratings: 1250
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%

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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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - cola like pour, but opaque black in the glass, small tan creamy head eventually drops, and doesn't leave lacing.

S - very dry chocolate, very nutty, does not smell sweet, but still has some carmelized/toffee notes, earthy

T - smooth maltiness, more of that earthiness, not much for hop character or even bitterness, roast doesn't really show up until the aftertaste, but when it does, it's really good and lingers a long while.

M - chewy, full bodied, but not heavy, low carbonation, mostly creamy, but some roast malt astringency, dry finish works really well with roasted aftertaste and provides a nice contrast to the initial thickness, well hidden alcohol, virtually no warmth.

D - interesting interpretation, with lots of subtle notes

Sorta like a lighter wee heavy, with a good dose of roasted malt. Very nice, very smooth, it's well done and all, but maybe a tad pedestrian (which is what I think of most wee heavy, especially those on the lighter end of the spectrum). Still, if you are into malty english/scottish ales, especially with a fine touch of roasted malt, you can't go wrong with this one.

Thanks to Viggo for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 00:47:49 | More by markaberrant
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S: Rich and fudgy - brownie batter, vanilla, rum raisin scents waft up thick from the glass. Dense residual sugars here, backed up with notes of toffee and burnt toast.

T: Starts to style: slightly metallic, bready, with a hearty flavor of chalky chocolate. Caramel and bittersweet cocoa tones thicken it even more, then it takes an interesting turn - a crisp dryness, starting with herbal pine and lemon rind, starts a burn. It climbs slow to a strong bitterness of tannic grain husk, surprisingly intense for a porter. Finishes with that tight dryness gripping the palate, with some porter flintiness, as well.

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A: Pours a very dark brown color. There's slightly less than a finger of mocha-colored head, and its retention is poor. Only slight hints of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Wow. Just, wow. The level of dark chocolate on the nose is amazing: it's so rich and defined, but never overpowers the other notes. There are also touches of umami, roast, coffee, and salt which helps to enhance its chocolate showcase. It genuinely smells fudge-like; later on, I'm even getting a touch of fruitiness. Honestly, this is one of the best, most complex noses I've encountered in a while.

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Old Engine Oil from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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