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Old Engine Oil - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

Not Rated.
Old Engine OilOld Engine Oil

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,437 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 111
Gots: 101 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Marius, Wednesday at 06:48 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

This beer is styled as a "Black Ale", which I see is listed separately but with only 7 reviews. Therefore, I'm not quite sure I'm reviewing this in the right place. But what gives with changing the style but not the name? Or, is "black ale" simply another descriptor for a porter?

Anyhow, a fairly aggressive pour produces a sticky, frothy, pale tan head of about an inch. The beer is a very dark brown.

I perceive a overbaked biscuity aroma with a hint of diacetyl. The roasted malts come through nicely in the flavor, and are accentuated by bark-like, nut, and burnt chickory flavors that suggest strong coffee, but without the astringent flavors of old, overcooked coffee. It's relatively light in body despite the name and drinks like a black lager more than anything.

A decent beer and apparently rare in my area, but hardly worth the $4.29 I paid for the 11.2 ounce bottle.

archyquaffer, Monday at 02:28 AM
Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours dark and has an almost oily look to it - maybe it's just in my head. Nicely balanced beer with malt and coffee.

Mlkluther, Sunday at 07:59 PM
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Kletus, Sunday at 04:29 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%

AussieActor, Nov 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

I would definately buy this again.

Brewndruid, Nov 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

thkrb99, Nov 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

SeaOfAsh, Nov 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

jzlyo, Nov 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ZEB89, Nov 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

BogAl, Nov 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

VaTechPhilly, Nov 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

SteveD082791, Nov 13, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +15.9%

jmartinger, Nov 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

cj8311, Nov 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

AlexRea, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful black brew, topped by a very small brown head with poor retention.

Smooth, dark and rich chocolate and roasted barley aroma. A bit of cream, as well. Very robust aroma, but enticing and sweet as well.

Tons of dark, overripe fruit up front, earthy hops in the middle, and waves of roasted barley on the back-end. Extremely roasty: burnt toast, black coffee, dark cacao. Not very sweet, as implied by the aroma, but very robust. Earthy hops, and a little sweetness up front from a caramel/toffee/butterscotch note.

The name is misleading if you're expecting a thick stout. It's more cloying and lasting than chewy.

If viewed as a robust porter, this is an excellent example of the style. It's roasty bitterness is at first abrasive, but it's exactly the way it should be.

Roguer, Nov 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

doowhat, Nov 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

AlexAfonin, Nov 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

joseph_french, Nov 02, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +10.1%

Steinberger, Nov 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

R_Kole, Nov 01, 2014
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Old Engine Oil from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
93 out of 100 based on 1,437 ratings.