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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.

1,500 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,500
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 119
Gots: 125 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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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%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bcdees47
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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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%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, roasty coffee, but thinner than a stout. In the taste, roasty coffee and a small chocolate like hint. A smooth and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry coffee hint in the aftertaste. Almost looks and smells like a stout, but not as rich. Quite nice overall.

Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a willibecher at Firkin.

When you see a cask o' this at your local spot, you pounce, I figger. This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of dusty khaki foam. The nose comprises coffee, dark chocolate, and darkly-roasted malts. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a Guinness-like (or acrid coffee-like) sourness swaying from the background to the fore, but never firmly taking hold. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light carbonation (livelier than most casks lately) and a smooth, easy-going feel. Overall, a very nice English porter, something I could easily see being drained from its current prison and down into my gullet.

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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%

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

On cask a Max's today.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color wiht good head retentin and lacing. The nose is very smokey and peaty, with some noticeable brown sugar and light chocolate. Flavors replicate the nose, and the beer is soft, creamy and long on the palate. While a bit thin, and with very low carbonation, mouthfeel is otherwise medium bodied with a plush mouthfeel. Drinkabilty is good, with the alcohol almost completely unnoticeable.

A nice solid beer, but not one that was really any better on cask then it was on gas (IMHO). Still a nice beer....

Old Engine Oil from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 1,500 ratings.