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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.

1,481 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,481
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 116
Gots: 119 | 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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Photo of joemochas
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Dave2234
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Travlr
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black color like 10W30 with a small bubble tan head that settles quickly to leave good lacing.
S: Aroma of milk chocolate and alcohol, background of burnt espresso beans.
T: Flavor starts with milk chocolate and progresses to roast coffee with a sourness permeating through it.
M: Great body, as expected.
D: Overall a nice beer, more roasted and more chocolate than the style would suggest, closer to a stout than an old ale.

Photo of domnalbrecc
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Biscuit033
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown/black with a creamy light tan head with great lacing

S: Caramel and earthy, metallic english hops.

T: Caramel, Chocolate. a bit of coffee, slight bitterness, earth, a bit of dark fruit, and some pine.

M: Light to medium body, smooth and creamy that finished dry.

D: Great drinker. A bit high in the ABV for a seesion but a beer that I would have a couple of in a sitting.

Photo of Darkale
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark, dark brown, with a thick tan head, pocked and heavy. Aroma is of sweet chocolate, dense and sharp. The taste is dry, sharp, then slick; it's almost as if chocolate dust had been spread over cream. Chewy and rich, profound and wonderful.

Certainly a beer that I will have again.

Photo of Polasiuss
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mavbrew
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BeerRunner
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MatthewPlus
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of elchingen
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of haz77
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black, with an inch of bubbly head. This slowly drops to a creamy, firm layer and leaves behind some nice lacing.

S - Could smell it before going anywhere near the glass, although strangely it's not quite as potent as expected when going in for a smell. Coffee, chocolate, wood, anise, vanilla.

T - Coffee upfront, before the chocolate takes over and floats forwards and backwards all the way to the finish. Anise flavours come through in the middle and the vanilla appears towards the end. Fairly dry finish, with chocolate and burnt flavours lingering in the aftertaste.

M - Unbelievably smooth, with a syrupy texture and medium-full body. Carbonation is light, and feels just right.

D - Quite drinkable. There was nothing I particularly disliked about the beer, but I was under whelmed by the smell and taste.

Photo of canawler
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BeerTruck
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of killcore
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of MJSawyer
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ajcormier
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black, Black Black. Started with a one finger width head and fizzled out to a skim coat within a few minutes as an ale usually does. Zero light penetration. Completely opaque and dark as night. Slight reddish tinge, but mostly darker than it's name sake. Pour was good, medium viscosity. Certainly not as thick as some of the engine oil I've drained in my day... probably a good thing.

S- Sweet chocolate effervescence and classic roasted characteristics right off the front. As a porter the nose is a bit weaker than I was expecting. It's no stout, that's obvious, but it's not trying to be.

T- Ultra smooth and easy to drink. Small chocolates off the front with a nice malt profile. Good amount of bitterness to balance the coaco and coffee notes. Roasted dark malt flavors and slight bitterness linger on the palate even after the swallow. Surprising amount of heat for a 6% beer.

M- Good and mouth coating. Much better palate than some other porters I've had. Nothing exceptional however. it hits the mark but doesn't exceed expectations.

D- Great drink-ability. I didn't give it a 5 here however just because of the lingering roasted and bitterness. For an exceptional here it would have had to have a cleaner finish. All in all a great beer; except for the $3.99 per 12oz bottle. That makes for an expensive afternoon and thus also brings down my "drink-ability" scale to a 4.5.

Photo of JavaNoire
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of crosenkrantz
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Drew26
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of TheConnMan
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Dilbert65
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TippySelenoid
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured black with little carbonation. It had a caramel colored head that sat nicely for a while but then shrank considerably.

It smelled like caramel malts and chocolate.

This beer tasted like semisweet chocolate. It had a nice bitterness that wasn't from hops, but more like something from exceptionally dark chocolate. It also had some nice caramel flavor.

This beer had a nice body. It was pretty thick, but nothing chewy.

This beer was preeminently drinkable. I had to slow my drinking down because I could have polished this off way too quickly.

The bottle caps are also nice with the cartoon mouse. The bottle I had was different from the one pictured. I appreciated that the bottle says, "Viscous, Chocolaty, Roasty."

Very Nice.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Old Engine Oil from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 1,481 ratings.