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Old Engine Oil - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Old Engine OilOld Engine Oil

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1,452 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,452
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 112
Gots: 107 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of atis
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought it in Dublin.

Pours very dark brown with small tan head that immediately dissipates, some scarce patchy lacing. Aroma is quite complex, dominated by sweet malt, hints dark fruit. Taste is roasted coffee malty, some hops, caramel with dry finish and warming bittery aftertaste. Almost no alcohol in taste could be felt, maybe more towards the end when the beer warmed up. Mouthfeel is below medium, low carbonation.

Overall, this is my first Old Ale and I liked it. If I did not know what I was drinking, I would confuse it with strong Irish Stout. It was good.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Review is from notes taken on 10/24/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is deep dark brown/black like freshly brewed coffee; starts with a scant 1/4 finger dark tan head that fades immediately to nothing other than a faint skim floating in the surface and a thin ring surrounding the surface; body is entirely opaque (aptly named, I must say); a few spots and strands are left holding on to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Mostly burnt/roasty coffee grounds; some dark bittersweet chocolate; mild hop bitterness that is earthy, soil-like and leafy; really quite what I would expect, and it's kind of reminiscent of Edmund Fitzgerald... just not quite as big or robust.

Taste: Much like the nose, the most dominant aspect is the strong and bitter burnt roastiness -- kind like French pressed espresso; there is a faint bit of chocolate to it, but it's really overpowered by the bitter roast; the faint earthy/dirty hop presence is there, but it does have a tinge metallic bite to it. Overall, this is a really good beer and I can see me getting it again based up on these flavors.

Mouthfeel: Ah, the part of the porter that just falls flat for me in almost every case -- they always just seem kind of thinner than they should based upon their smells and flavors, but considering that they're not meant to be thick and chewy, this one is pretty good and about on style; just somewhere between light and medium in weight; the beer leaves a thin and dry coating all over the roof of the mouth; carbonation is quite present and maybe just a tad sharp.

Drinkability: I think I could really get into this beer on cool fall nights, much like tonight. The flavors are really good and robust, and the ABV isn't going to be something that knocks you on the ground.

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

Pours pretty much pitch black with a full 2 fingers or so of tan head. Nose of bittersweet chocolate and burnt toast. Hints of coffee and an iron/metal note.

Dark and milk chocolate in the taste. Roasty. Slight asphalt. Finishes dry with a moderate, farily long bitterness. A very slight warmth in the finish from the 6% ABV. Straightforward and elegant, classic porter flavors. Smooth and a little slick in the mouth - easy to drink for sure but a bit more of the promised viscosity would be nice. Still, lovely. The store I bought this from has tons of UK beers on it's shelves that I am not especially interested in, but I'll always have time for this. Wonderful match with a salad of seared scallops, blue cheese, endive and hazelnuts, perhaps surprisingly. I'm likely to have another with dessert.

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

Deep ruby almost black body topped with a brown creamy head with a few small bubbles around the edges. Decent retention and lace.
Subdued and mild slightly pepper-buttery scent.
Taste is similar to the smell with an added slightly citric twist. Well balanced aftertaste that fades almost to nothing but lasts long at that level.
Full, creamy and buttery mouthfeel.
Great session beer.
Overall a mild mannered and pleasant brew. Soft, smooth and interesting.


Photo of facesnorth
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Thanks to bort11 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a dark brown color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy tan head, some small islands and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, nice touch of coffee/toffee/caramel, slight roast/oak. The taste is big on malts and coffee/toffee/caramel, there is some slight roasty/oaky thing going on. For a 6% ABV brew, there is some warming effect goind down. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a nice Old Ale, recommended.

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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 BretSikkink
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany brown color with copper-orange highlights. Looks pretty black in the bar light. Head is large bubbles that quickly disappear, leaving an oily viscous liquid behind to look at.

The nose is pleasingly malty and dark, with a lot of sweet notes balanced by a sour, acidic one. Chocolate, toffee, caramel, figs and dates, a herbs leap out of the glass, but digging in reveals the oak barrel, whisky-booze, sour component.

Revolving around chocolate malt, this beer can bring it from a number of directions. You're looking at caramel malt smoothness from one side, bitter smoky and hoppy notes from the other side, with wild cards including the "old" ale sour characteristic, which lends a serious dose of authenticity to this brew.

Full and viscous; with this much malt, you can't help but be. Good viscosity and attenuation, as this is still pretty damn drinkable despite being somewhat thorny and quite different from what the American palate is used to.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Old Engine Oil from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
93 out of 100 based on 1,452 ratings.