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Old Engine Oil - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Old Engine OilOld Engine Oil

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1,451 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,451
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 112
Gots: 106 | 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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Photo of mooseo
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Photo of Kenai4
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of hopley
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

Photo of vbiliyar
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of JMBSH
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ExtraStout
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of dlello2
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black. Medium/thin body. A good finger of head.

S - Chocolate. Some hops (surprising!), malts are there to balance them out. A touch of roastiness.

T - Really nice. Whoa what a great taste. First chocolate, then just the right touch of sweet. Ends with a nice roastiness, maybe a touch of smoke. Super enjoyable.

M - Great amount of carbonation. Good body. Spot on.

O - Very very well balanced beer. Perfect and fitting flavors for the style. Like it a lot.

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of TheResidentialOP
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of let8it8grow
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Parrotshake
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pretty much pitch black with a full 2 fingers or so of tan head. Nose of bittersweet chocolate and burnt toast. Hints of coffee and an iron/metal note.

Dark and milk chocolate in the taste. Roasty. Slight asphalt. Finishes dry with a moderate, farily long bitterness. A very slight warmth in the finish from the 6% ABV. Straightforward and elegant, classic porter flavors. Smooth and a little slick in the mouth - easy to drink for sure but a bit more of the promised viscosity would be nice. Still, lovely. The store I bought this from has tons of UK beers on it's shelves that I am not especially interested in, but I'll always have time for this. Wonderful match with a salad of seared scallops, blue cheese, endive and hazelnuts, perhaps surprisingly. I'm likely to have another with dessert.

Photo of jmbraxton
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of buckyp
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

A: Poured into a pint glass, appears pitch black with a big frothy tan head.

S: Smells great with some caramel and roasty notes and a light hop.

T: Nice and simple, underlying caramel sweetness with some chocolate and coffee roasty flavors and a simple but satisfying dry bittersweet finish.

M: Nice medium to full body with good carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel.

O: An impeccably balanced porter. Simple and knows what it wants to do and does it damn well.

Photo of pastafarian
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of killianf
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into Duvel tulip

A: Pours pitch black, thick and impossible to see through. A 2 finger creamy tan head turns to a film of lace in minutes. Not much lacing left on the glass. Carbonation is light, it's quite a still beer to look at.

S: Chocolate and liquorice straight off, followed by coffee and malt smells. Very rich and luxurious to smell. Very enticing.

T: Chocolate and coffee are here too, as is the malty finish. The bottle describes the beer as bittersweet, and it's easy to see why - bitterness is found in the finish and aftertaste while the initial sup will have dark fruits and chocolate providing slight sweetness.

M: The beer is full bodied, and very lightly carbonated. This is perfect, as too much would mask the complexity of the taste. It's incredibly smooth and rich, and very complex.

Overall: This was my first porter, and I'm not even the biggest stout fan. However, Old Engine Oil is amazing. It's just so complex and creamy-smooth and luxuriously textured. Even the smell is incredible. I would highly recommend it. I see in some reviews that this is quite expensive in the US, but in my opinion it's worth a little extra for any fan of the style, or anyone interested in exploring it. Fantastic beer.

Photo of gleemonger
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of poppyjohn
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of szmnnl99
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Crimsontider22
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Snowrs
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of rhhjr
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mavbrew
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Brushkanna
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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