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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.

1,486 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,486
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 117
Gots: 120 | 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 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 tree777
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of joemochas
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of foureyedgeek
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 MatthewPlus
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BeerTruck
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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

Old Engine Oil from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 1,486 ratings.