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Old Engine Oil - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

Old Engine OilOld Engine Oil

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1,250 Ratings

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Ratings: 1250
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%

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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Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours black with slight tan head. Smells of roasted coffe malts and slight hops. Taste is of roasted coffee malts. Slightly hoppy or bitter but nice. Its thin, but nice flavors. All around, great brew, but could be a bit thicker for a porter...this was more like a black ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 20:28:53 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of Fernans

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The definition of a true english porter. Ink black, solid caramel head. The snow has certainly earthy and coffee aroma. The taste is a solid chocolate and nutty flavor. It has a nice long true finish that makes you enjoy this all the more. Easily one of the best of its style.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 02:47:17 | More by Fernans
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep dark mahogany on the pour with a rich medium lasting brown head. Good lacing and head retention. Aroma of dark roasted malt, cacao beans, some espresso. Taste has a good roasted chocolate flavor, with nice espresso notes with sweet roasted malts. A slightly creamy texture on the palate with good carbonation. Finish is a combination of sweet roasted dark caramel malts, some good flavorful chocolate notes, espresso, some dark chocolate bitterness. The ending has a lingering sweet bitter cacao espresso flavor. Overall a very good, tasty, delicious brew. I would drink this again, Very nice indeed.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 20:40:49 | More by Samp01
Photo of cambabeer


4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Seriously, this beer doesn't disappoint. Color is a dark black until held to the light where the ruby comes out. Smell is rich and deep with chocolate and coffee hints and toasty. The taste follows the smell well, with the addition of some fruitiness and even a little citrusy. Malt bitterness is there, but not overpowering, nor is the sweetness. Creamy and smooth. This beer is great, worth buying and then buying again.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 07:02:03 | More by cambabeer
Photo of bashiba


3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice heavy dark black with a thin yet long lasting tan head.

The smell is musty with a strange soy sauce and fishy smell With a touch of char.

The flavor has a nice smokey and peaty flavor with under lying sweetness that quickly turns into a long list gearing clean earthy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a fair amount of residual hop oils.

S solid simple Porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 02:10:29 | More by bashiba
Photo of micromaniac129


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and velvetty and has a deep ruby brown color. Though the foamy head is small it is present through out with spotty lacing around the inside face of my glass.
Aroma is super rich and malty with hints of chocolate.
Roasted malts dominate in the taste. Taste is smooth and lusious with hints of molasses, coffee and chocolate. Hops are light and help tame the malts a little bit with there minty anise taste.
Overall I pretty fantastic beer with depth of flavor and pleasing to gaze upon.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 16:33:46 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown (almost black) in color with some hints of deep amber when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall creamy dark beige head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts along with freshly roasted coffee. There is also a very light presence of alcohol in the finish of the nose.

T: Flavors of dark roasted malts and burnt malts along with some notes of bittersweet chocolate and some freshly brewed coffee. There is a good complexity and depth to the flavor.

M: On the fuller side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I found this beer to be very enjoyable and very easy to drink - probably a little too strong to be sessionable but certainly one you might like to have another of... Interesting because it seems to straddle stout and porter from a style perspective.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 01:11:10 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of IronLover


4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in color. Poured with a short beige foam that quickly reduced to a spotty cap that left random trails of sticky lacings on the glass. Mellow dark chocolate aromas hit first with earthy roasted malt beneath and hints of sweet dark fruit. Oily, thick feel with rich, tight carbonation. Sweet dark chocolate flavor up front with dark roasted malt in tow. Bitter hoppiness in the middle that ushers in charred malt, dark fruit and dark roasted coffee flavors to the end. Finishes semi-dry with lingering burnt malt and hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 20:30:54 | More by IronLover
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A vertical tasting from harviestoun, from notes.
A - A nice tan lacing on this, really good on a fully black body. 4.25
S - coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, sweet roasty malt. 4.25
T - dry cocoa, creamy sweetness, coffee tannins, dry roastiness. Amazing flavour and complexity. 4.5
M - bitter finish, very dry, viscous. 4
O - mild creaminess, great balance, a bit of olive wood, gentle porter and very smooth. Definitely one worth trying, well executed. 4.25

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 03:28:18 | More by mick303
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown with a finger of frothy tan head.

Smell. Some sweet, dark roasted malts, grassy hops, and a slight metalic smell.

Taste. Sweet dark roasted malts again, slight fruity taste along with just a touch of acidity, a bit of chocolate and some bitter hops that linger.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. I wasn't a big fan of this one. Some bitter flavours, especially in the finish that I did not enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 00:17:46 | More by Rutager
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slight tan head over black liquid.

S: Yeast, roasted malt and coffee.

T: Roasted malt, pine hops, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, hazelnut and a semi-sweet finish. Quite nice.

M: Thick viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: An easy drinker that could use a better smell and mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 01:32:01 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The name definitely fits every aspect of the appearance of this beer. Thankfully that's where the similarity ends.The nose and palate are altogether more pleasing. It's smokey with roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavours, with some leather
notes. Intense flavours with a bittersweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 16:11:32 | More by CookstLiquor
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this in Winnipeg and I wish we had it in BC. I have had the barrel aged version but this is a true classic porter with tons of flavour, mouthfeel and complexity. The beer is thick and dark like the name but is never overbearing to the palate. This is a more like a US version of the beer with its big notes and use of hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 21:46:12 | More by canucklehead
Photo of shigg85


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle of this from Tanakaya in Mejiro, Tokyo. Poured into a Baird pint glass. A viscous black porter with a bit of a chocolate head at first that subsides to a watery dribbling down the glass later, leaving no tracing inside. The taste can either be described as subdued and refined or as a bit lacking in excitement, depending on what you're going for. The smell is wonderfully reminiscent of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate, and the aftertaste works to keep those flavors on your palate. The smell is also a bit alcoholic, and I enjoy that especially coming off of only 6%. This is my first Harviestoun, and I have to say I like it. I will be checking out their other brews as I come across them.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 12:39:32 | More by shigg85
Photo of Mdog


3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, ok head.

Smell: Sweet roast, molasses, hint of smoke.

Taste: Roasted malt, touch of coffee. Mild sweetness but moves into a lot of roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, not too heavy.

A great name for a beer, but I have to say I prefer Fuller's porter over this one. A little more bitterness and not as thick of a feel as the name would have you believe.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 00:13:07 | More by Mdog
Photo of flagmantho


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep brown, very nearly entirely black. Lets no light through its thick body. Head is two fingers of frothy tan foam leaving a nice lace on the glass. Very nice indeed.

Smell: rich aroma of raw malt with some hints of chocolate thrown in. It's a very smooth effect; one of the maltiest beers (nevermind porters) that I've encountered.

Taste: rich malty flavor reminiscent of a Scottish ale, but with a good, chocolatey porter sensibility about it. Hops are earthy in character and provide a very nice and balanced bitterness toward the end. A wonderful beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice silkiness and a low level of carbonation. Not exactly creamy, but very smooth indeed.

Overall: a very good beer. I feel like it could be made truly great with a little bit creamier mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 01:33:51 | More by flagmantho
Photo of BARFLYB


4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle brought up to room temp. Had this one in a glass.

Poured this one close to room temp, The liquid looks brown coming out the bottle but finishes black in the glass. A nice two fingaz of dark shaded tan foam that clung to the glass on the way down. Smell is what you would expect, roast on top of some chocolate and malt scent. Some coffee in the back as well. Going in, this beer is some smooth stuff. It tastes delicious with a nice medley of the above mentioned scents going into the taste. The true gem of this beer though is the body. It is so silky smooth and goes down easy as pie. I have never drank a stout this quick but it was all to easy. No intrusion by nothing. The feel alone boosts up the drinkability and taste of this beer. The carb is there but does not make a dent through the body. Reminds me of a lighter chocolate milk. I could drink this till the cows came home, and Im not a stout guy.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 02:58:35 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Jamesthebrit


4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pouring this it looked thicker than other porters. The creamy brown head bubbled up quite well and bubbles down to a thin layer over the top of the beer. Otherwise the color is very dark brown almost black.
S: Hints of cream, smoke, chocolate, some subtle sweet notes as well. Very smooth smelling.
T: Again really great here. First creamy with a little sweetness, then some chocolate and roasty notes. Not overly bitter like other beers that claim to taste like chocolate. Here it seems a little more subtle combined with other malty flavors. Finishes smooth.
M: Sits perfect. Thick with the perfect carbonation. Bubbles are very pleasing in the mouth.

This is a great beer no doubt. With a good blend of complimenting flavors and a perfect mouthfeel it is perfectly drinkable. Creamy roasty it almost reminds me of a stout but not quite as heavy on the mouthfeel. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 21:46:45 | More by Jamesthebrit
Photo of WastingFreetime


4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken at a cask party.

Old Engine Oil from a cask poured out the same jet black color but of course with a severely impaired head (as did all of the cask offerings) and only minimal lacing. The main aroma/taste difference this brew had in cask format is a much heavier emphasis on stone fruits over the roasted malts. It was like cherries and prunes in a cup of mocha coffee on the nose! The flavor had some lighter emphasis on the stone fruits than the nose did, but it was still noticeably present on the palate. Transitions from semi-sweet to dry throughout each sip. Body is still on the thicker side of medium heft yet carbonated enough to avoid syrupy-ness.

Serving type: cask

05-06-2012 03:01:38 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of acevenom


4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a large, creamy tan head that dissipates slowly. The head retains very well. No light can be seen passing through this beer. There are smells of dark roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. It smells a little sweet. The aroma is very inviting. The taste is just like it smells. There are flavors of dark roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. There's a mild sweetness from the malt to accompany the bitter hops. This is wonderfully balanced and delicious. The body is medium with not a lot of carbonation. It's creamy with high drinkability. This is very easy to gulp. Overall, this is a fantastic, flavorful porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 22:19:00 | More by acevenom
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 03:41:31 | More by 51mmz0rz


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Tumbler glass. Enjoyed on dec´11. Black in color. Beige, small bubbled, froth. Creamy, lasting head with copious collars. Roasted malts & slightly chocolate to the nose. Dry bitter upfront with roasted black coffee. Toasted malts follow providing a plentiful sensation on to the palate. Full flavor, medium body. Hoppy finish & aftertaste with hues of wood.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 18:38:28 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of mooseo


4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into goblet.

A - Jet black with a thin, bubbly tan head. Nice dark ruby hues around the edges when held up to the light.

S - Milk chocolate, roasted coffee bean, and molasses. A hint of dark fruit.

T - Lots of roasted malt and milk chocolate throughout. Starts out very sweet, but a mild coffee bitterness tends to balance things out. Hints of dark fruit, vanilla, and caramel lend some complexity, but are rather subtle.

M - Medium bodied, oily and slick. Mild carbonation.

O - An excellent porter. Flavorful with high drinkability. Expected a fuller mouthfeel, but it's still a very good beer. One of the best labels I've seen.

Robust malt profile

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 02:13:50 | More by mooseo
Photo of hopley


4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You really can't argue with this beer if you like dark beers. It's got great head, lacing, taste, mouthfeel, etc. It's not over-the-top in any aspect which makes it that good - it doesn't have to make a statement to be a great beer. This is that beer - tres solid for its type - a black ale. Pour it in your oil chamber and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 02:33:03 | More by hopley
Photo of ExtraStout


4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at BBC in Franklin, MA. It pours very dark, almost black. The head was creamy tan but small and dissipated rather quickly. There is some light lacing as well. Smell is of malt, chocolate, and maybe hops. The hops definitely come through on the taste, it's somewhat bitter with a hint of chocolate and malt. Smokey like a Porter usually is which is why I'm a Stout fan. The mouthfeel is pretty good but not the best. Drinkability: I'd take it if I had it, but I'm not sad that I don't. Definitely not bad, but at the same time it's nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2012 01:12:40 | More by ExtraStout
Old Engine Oil from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 1,250 ratings.