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Old Engine Oil - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Old Engine OilOld Engine Oil

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1,381 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,381
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 105
Gots: 91 | 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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Photo of CasanovaCummins
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours like, well, engine oil. 40W to be precise. Nice sloooow pour. The color is fantastically dark and I like the deep brown head bubbles.

Initial nose reminds me of an old pier, or an old rusty anchor. Metallic and mineral. Tiniest hint of burnt coca nibs.

This is bitter and almost inert. Lots of Iodine on the short, sharp metallic hoppy bitters. The floral aspect takes a while to emerge.

It leaves the mouth dry, almost like licking iron. The warmer this gets, the better it gets. A real sipper here.

CasanovaCummins, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Franz4
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, label says "black ale" rather than "Porter" which was pictured.

A- Can't see anything through this dark blackness, head settles to a thin ring

S- roast and slightly smoked peat come through right away, nice combination.

T-Smoky with a touch of sweetness in the back, toffee-ish, very nice.

M- Lighter body than I expected given the color, makes the beer more drinkable

O- overall a very nice brew, I'd have this one again and I would especially be interested in trying some of the other versions.

Franz4, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
4/5  rDev -3.4%

tbeckett, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4/5  rDev -3.4%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -3.4%

whartontallboy, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of unclekeith
4/5  rDev -3.4%

unclekeith, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Pug
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Pug, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great name for a beer. Pours a virtually opaque deep, dark brown with a tan head from a brown bottle. Some vinous or fruity notes in aroma along with roasted malt and even some alcohol in the end. Definitely can taste some roasted malt, and is a bit estery in the middle. Not bad, worth a try.

Drew966, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark as night black hue which leaves a one finger khaki head and sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is milk chocolate with fruit and nut,milky mocha and sweet malts,the mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and has tastes of dark cocoa,milky bittersweet mocha,a touch of fruit cake,sweet dark malts and finished with a mix of dark belgian chocolate and herbal fruit punch and overall i like this drop and prefer it then most of the oak aged versions cheers.

ADZA, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev -3.4%

IanSpindler, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev -3.4%

uturn, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of cjac
4/5  rDev -3.4%

cjac, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of BigHead
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful, dark, dark, dark, dark beer with a lovely thick head which rests about a 1/2 inch on top. Roasted malts and oh, the chocolate play up the smell of this brew, yummy. Man, this oil is smooth, maybe I'll put some thick in the lawnmower. Quite smooth, light texture for being so dark. Chocolate dominates the flavor initially, with roasted coffee flavor coming through as well as the presence of hops in the end. The beer rested heavy in my stomach which takes away from the drinkability. Good stuff though.

BigHead, May 02, 2003
Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -3.4%

strongaf, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of 1Sundown2C
4/5  rDev -3.4%

1Sundown2C, May 29, 2014
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark pepsi brown with a small off-white/tan head of foam that dies quickly. Aromas of dark malts some chocolate, coffee, and a bit of the ole' roastiness. Hops are almost nonexistant. The taste is tight and roasty, very well balanced, with no boozy edge. A bit one dimensional and simplistic, but nice for what it is, I still prefer the reserve, but what are you gonna do? Mouthfeel is decent, but not as thick as you would expect given this beers chosen title. Drinkability remains nice as well...A good one.

francisweizen, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of tonyf55
4/5  rDev -3.4%

tonyf55, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of sisuspeed
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at the Farmer's Market in Woodstock, VT. Seemed like kind of a random place to find a beer like this, but the market actually had a decent collection of rarities, so go figure.

Poured this into a snifter. The color is black. All black with a light brown head that thinly skirts across the top of the beer and foams up around the sides of the glass.

The aroma is malty, grainy, slight popcorn smell followed by a hint of chocolate malts. Pleasant.

The taste is malty, mostly on the dark side. Black malts heavily contribute to the flavor and leave some bitter earthiness in your mouth. Very roasty, some dark chocolate in the background. This beer is very black malt driven.

The mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy, but then the bitterness cancels that sensation. Ample carbonation, nice body. In terms of drinkability, I would say this is very drinkable for the style. I would probably only want a pint or two of this, but I'm not having any trouble putting it down.

All in all, this is a well done old ale. Roasty, bittersweet. Enough elements to keep it interesting. Would pick up another one of these if I were in the mood for the style.

sisuspeed, Oct 13, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

paulocerto, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Gakusei, Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

intovert2438, Sep 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

samEBC, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

gory4d, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of WDJersey
4/5  rDev -3.4%

WDJersey, Sep 01, 2012
Old Engine Oil from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 1,381 ratings.