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Old Engine Oil - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Old Engine OilOld Engine Oil

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,511 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,511
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 121
Gots: 130 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Ratings: 1,511 | Reviews: 755
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Dark brown-black pour with half finger head that fades quickly to a film with decent lacing. Very earthy, roasty, smokey nose with hints of coffee, cocoa, and a touch of licorice. The taste is dominated by roasty, smokey, burnt coffee and bitter chocolate. A spicy, herbal, bitter hop bite emerges as it warms along with a nice sweet malt finish. I'm typically not a big porter fan as they seem a bit thin to me, but this was slightly syrupy and thick and really smooth without being too sweet. And I never find myself wanting a second porter, but again, this was really tasty and had me wanting another. Very pleasant surprise!

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass. This one has been cellared for approximately two years, if my memory is correct.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts and some alcohol despite the relatively low ABV.

T: The taste starts with strong flavors of dark & milk chocolate along with a touch of dark fruit and some creaminess to it. The malt character is as hearty as you would expect from any big stout. The hops presence is likewise very mild as it usually is in this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, most of the Old Ales that I've had have been more like barleywines, but this one is more stout-like, which I expected since the label reads "Viscous, Chocolaty, Roasty". Overall it was a very good beer and seemed to handle the age quite well.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one courtesy of TheHammer. Thanks again marky.
Pours a deep chestnut brown, almost black with about a finger of tan creamy head. Smell of chocolate, toffee and coffee. I was expecting something a little more defined in smell, but it's none the less good. Subtle aspect of the beer carries into the taste. Chocolate malt the initial flavor, decent carbonation, then hit with a really nice accent of hops. A bit of malt, coffee and toffee to balance it all out in the end. Mouthfeel is ridiculously smooth. Bitter finish lingers at the end, but it's really nice. Drinkability is also very good, in part because of the low carbonation and chocolatey smoothness.

Overall, a really decent brew. From the bottle shaped like a piston to the description on the back, everything matches this beer perfectly. When they say smooth, they mean it. Something a little bit more pronounced in flavour and I would have given this a solid A. Nonetheless, one I look forward to getting again.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a dark brown, clear bre with a very low head. About what I would expect from an old ale.

Dark malt, with a little roasted character, and dark chocolate. Basically, it reminded me of a "light stout".

Taste was of light roasted malt and dark chocolate, with a hint of hop bitterness. Again, more like a porter or a stout than an old ale. But still quite good.

Mouthfeel was good, creamy, smooth, and a little chewy. Very good.

A highly drinkable beer. HOWEVER... to really put it in context, and for another level of taste experience, you have to also have tried the special reserve aged in whisky barrels.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this one from a cask at a beer festival in Edinburgh. Appears thick and black in the glass. Rather opaque, actually. Very thick mouthfeel and a bitter, roasted flavour with some chocolate sweetness. Nice aftertaste as well. I would have this one again.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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Old Engine Oil from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 1,511 ratings.