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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.

1,502 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,502
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 120
Gots: 128 | 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 Dilbert65
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jakester
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. No date on the label. I drank this in a goblet glass.

This beer does look like engine oil when you pour it. Almost opaque, with a hint of deep garnet with a touch of brown if you hold it up to a bright light. A 1/2 finger of tan foams forms on top, which quickly drops to islands and a ring. No lacing observed.

Aroma is strong chocolate, very fruity, like cherries or dates. Alcohol in there as well. Not much in the way of hop aroma.

Flavor is chocolate, but not too sweet. A definite hop bittering is present, making the flavor of this interestingly yummy. Very fruity. I do think I can pick up some grassy/herbal hops in there also. Aftertaste is pure dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is luxuriously smooth and creamy. Carbonation is soft. This beer just rolls around in your mouth. Great mouthfeel. Finish is incredibly creamy, like a chocolate milk shake.

I get the feeling this is what an old ale is supposed to be. I haven't had many. This beer is fantastic. Highly recommended.

Photo of swizzlenuts
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Black and thick with a bit of carbonation

S: Roasted malts and that's about it.

T: Thick nice malty flavour with some roasted taste to it. Not what I'd expect from an old ale but quite tasty. No hops really, but it has a slight chocolate taste to it.

M: Creamy with quite a bit of carbonation

D: Sort of, but I don't know how many I'd have.

Photo of Liquoric3
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of endincolorado
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Thick, viscous body with lots of tan head that settles slowly. Nice sticky lace.

Smell- Strong, roasted coffee malts. Toast. Some hazelnut. Slight tingly hop-bitterness in background.

Taste- Great roasted malts that take on a whole different, more toasted flavor when aerated. Bitter dryness sticks around in the flavor.

Mouthfeel- Thick, velvetty texture complemented by a nice, creamy carbonation.

Drinkability- Much more drinkable than it looks and smells.

Photo of joemochas
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Dave2234
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Tulip style glass. Bottle marking is '1283 03:13'. Maybe best buy march 2013?

A: Pitch black body, head is medium tan, small bubbles, good retention.

S: Roasty malt sweetness. Smells great, but might improve as it warms a bit.

T: For a 6% porter this has more flavor than many stouts I've had. Beautifully balanced. For this style, it's hard to imagine a better example.

M: Another homerun, thick but not overly syrupy.

D: Maintains great drinkability despite big flavors and great mouthfeel.

Photo of Cris4545
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Sark
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- thick pour ends with a two finger light cream colored head, color is as dark as the name

Smell- immediately hit by chocolate and coffee with caramel. The hops are almost non-existent

Taste- roasted as it smells, light toffee sweetness but undeniably bitter big chocolate finish

Mouthfeel- full bodied with a silky smooth mid-mouth and little toasted astringent after bite

Overall- save this for dessert, not the main course. It's filling and all worth it.

Photo of Troublebar
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of erz316
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 fl oz brown bottle poured into s. smith pint glass

A - pitch black as far as my eye can tell. there are some brown hues let in at the bottom of the glass but a very minimal amount. there is a nice bubbly light brown head. the lacing is ample and head retention is average.

S - sweet, not over bearing, but noticeably sweet. smells like a sweet iced coffee in some aspect or another, that is: if the sugar was actually smell-able. I also smell the malts which add, I might dare say, a caramel layer to the nose. quite nice, and near perfection

T - the taste is very smooth, and very well blended togather. there is a light coffee like bitterness. the roasty-ness of the malts is also exceptional in my opinion. there is a bit of bitterness from the hops on the far far back tongue, but the taste is not near as noticeable as that of coffee underneath the bitterness of the coffee, during the finish, a hint of chocolate comes out to play and makes a very brief appearance; this gives away to some sort of floral taste. the after taste is primarily that of a light bakers chocolate bitterness, with some harsher coffee pangs.

MF&D - the viscosity of the brew is perfect, not too watery, not too thick. the only thing that could have been a bit better would have been some more carbonation. that would have helped add a bit more body to the brew. but other than that I though it a marvelous beer and one to be a complete paradigm of the style.

Photo of Rizalini
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of spikechiquet
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of tree777
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of movingtrain
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours dark, about as dark as it gets. A good two finger head has slowly fallen to less than half...but there is some exceptional lacing on the glass. Looks like a cup of coffee.

Smell is of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, coffee, brown sugar, ripe figs...some serious roasted malts here.

Man, that is good! Sweet up front and bitter on the back of the tongue, this is a well-balanced beer. Taste brings about similar notes as in the aroma...chocolate, molasses, coffee...it's rich, nutty (hazelnut?), and has a great body. Man, every time I pull the glass close to take a drink I get a whiff, and that roastiness in the aroma just helps to build the complexity involved in the taste.

Overall, this beer is quite fine...delicious, perfectly balanced, and incredibly drinkable. I've had this a few times before, once on tap at Nicholson's in Cincinnati...and each time I have it, I am reminded of why so many people buzz about this beer. It is worthy.

Photo of thepeter
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark but not quite pitch black with a dense frothy head that settles in time and leave lots of sticky lacing
S - Lot's of rich roasted malt, Chocolate, dark fruit and a bit of floural hops at the end.
T - Heavy on the Roasty malt flavors, Cocoa Powder that adds to the bitter hops and it finishes dry.
MD - smooth, medium bodied and a bit thinner than I expected. Flavor is a bit more intence (but nice) though one is enough in a night

Photo of CoolJosh
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle to go at Zeno's after watching my football team reign victorious over Ohio State..

A - Whoaaaa!!!! I know that the name of this beer is Old Engine Oil, but man oh man is this dark. Completely opaque black, half finger dark brown in head that dissipates to a ring.

S - Really great scents of dark coffee roasts, caramel, and semi sweet choclates.

T - Again, very impressive. Really great and well balanced tastes of everything thats apparent in the smell. A little bit of sweetness but not overpowering. My buddy's girlfriend put it best, this tastes like a really good cup of coffee. Carbonated well which adds a tingly feeling in the mouthfeel. Some bitterness at the end.

All in all, an awesome ale. If you can get your hands on one of these I would advise putting any hesitation aside.

Photo of foureyedgeek
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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 crosenkrantz
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

Old Engine Oil from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 1,502 ratings.