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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

1,451 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,451
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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4.52/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.44/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.52/5  rDev -15%

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4.32/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of SmashPants
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Format: I had this a few years ago as I was just starting into craft beers and hated it. Retrying it to see if my tastes have (hopefully) caught up to it. A slim, very dark brown 330mL bottle with a funky label with an old car. Can't really lose out there.

Appearance: poured into a tulip glass. A near jet black body with an inch of dark tan head that slowly drops to an inch of creamy and rocky finger. Fantastic lacing down the glass. Even jet black as it pours out of the bottle.

Aroma: a strong aroma of roasted malts - specifically coffee - with milk chocolate and a touch of rough cocoa. Smells pretty good.

Taste: the sweet milk chocolate comes through more strongly here alongside the dark roasted coffee. Quite sweet, and very tasty.

Aftertaste: the sweetness backs off some to be replaced by a lovely warming bitterness from the roasted malts.

Mouth feel: moderate to fuller in feel with a moderate carbonation. A pretty good feel with somewhat of a creamy feel.

Overall: well I am very glad that I have decided to retry this beer. A full-bodied and full-flavoured English Porter that shows fantastic roasted dark coffee and sweet milk chocolate. Well worth the having at AU$5 a bottle.

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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.68/5  rDev +13%

Photo of interzen
4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into a Vedett tulip glass

Look: Black, black, BLACK! Seriously, this is blacker than a black thing. In Hell. At night. Tan head which sticks around for a while, with some lacing.

Smell: The first thing that sprang to mind was 'tar', closely followed by 'coffee' - there's a ton of toasted malt character in there, too. A faint bit of fruity/floral character but really the tar/coffee aromas are front and centre.

Taste: Toasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate - the chocolate isn't as in-yer-face as something like Sam Smith's Chocolate Stout but it's definitely there. Chuck in a few resinous notes in the finish and you've got something which is absolutely delicious.

Feel: The word 'viscous' appears on the bottle, and with a name like 'Old Engine Oil' you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd need a spoon for this. Not so - granted, it's a bit 'thicker' than your average brew but nowhere near stout levels. Slips down ever so nicely.

Overall: This is my first encounter with the output of the Harviestoun Brewery and it won't be my last. I don't care whether people classify this is a 'black ale' or a porter - categorising it won't detract from the fact that it's across the board awesome; lovely balance of flavours. Definitely a keeper.

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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

This beer is so underrated. Not sure what more you could ask for. It could be a little cleaner, but that's part of its charm.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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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.

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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.

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

I would definately buy this again.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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Old Engine Oil from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
93 out of 100 based on 1,451 ratings.