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Old Engine Oil - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Old Engine OilOld Engine Oil

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1,398 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,398
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 109
Gots: 94 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

AApparel, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

WoodersonMB, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Harkrank, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

otter20dt, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of CasanovaCummins
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours like, well, engine oil. 40W to be precise. Nice sloooow pour. The color is fantastically dark and I like the deep brown head bubbles.

Initial nose reminds me of an old pier, or an old rusty anchor. Metallic and mineral. Tiniest hint of burnt coca nibs.

This is bitter and almost inert. Lots of Iodine on the short, sharp metallic hoppy bitters. The floral aspect takes a while to emerge.

It leaves the mouth dry, almost like licking iron. The warmer this gets, the better it gets. A real sipper here.

CasanovaCummins, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of OldTime
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

OldTime, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of output01x
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger grayish tan head that slowly recedes after a few minutes to a thick dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a deep black with no signs of color when held to light. Some great lacing can be seen sticking sporadically to the glass.

Roasted malts give notes of coffee, caramel, and mocha in the nose. A slight hops aroma is also noticeable.

Milk chocolate, biscuit, and caramel all hit the tongue at first sip. Upon swallowing, a huge hit of bittersweet chocolate comes out. This is followed by a dry coffee flavor that slowly becomes an aftertaste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is rich and creamy but is also nearly gulpable. The body coats your mouth well and is not sticky in the least. The carbonation is slightly fizzy but does not seem to detract from the flavors or the experience.

output01x, Jan 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

caljrjr, Jan 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

ab39z, Jan 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

dprophet, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Troville1990, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of keithmurray
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark Dark Brown, nearly black color with fluffy tan head

Smell - Dark chocolate, roasted malts

taste - much of what the smell promised, semi sweet dark chocolate, roasted malt

mouthfeel - mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, light carbonation, slight bitterness upfront and in the finish, sweet, but not overwhelmingly so

overall - this is a really nice English porter, price will probably limit me to have this only on an occasional basis, but if you enjoy porters, try this.

Price Point - $4.59/single bottle

keithmurray, Jan 20, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter.

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Semi-opaque. Head is light tan, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Dark roast malt, sweet chocolate notes. Light hop additions.

T: Dark roast malt, semi-sweet chocolate, light hops, followed by a touch of dark roast bittered chocolate malt. Aftertaste is a little creamy, sweet, malty, and finishes with bittered chocolate malt.

M: Medium body. Roasted malt and carbonation lend a creamy feel, with sweet chocolate and then bittered chocolate giving a nice contrast. Not very viscous. Semi-wet finish.

O: A nice ale. Good overall flavor, but I am not super impressed with this beer either. My favorite part about this beer is how the elements of sweet and bittered chocolate come together. At the price I paid for this beer, I will probably not buy it again, but I would not turn this beer down if offered.

tsauce2, Jan 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

foureyedgeek, Jan 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

KAF, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of jjkatter
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a goblet...

A- indeed appears dark as overused engine oil. Beautiful dark color with a wispy head that dissipates quickly into a thin lace

S- smokey caramel with coffee and chocolate and a hint of cinnamon.

T- lots of smoke and toasted caramel. I also get some dark bitter chocolate

MF- nice mouth feel. Nicely balanced with plenty of body

O- a very good example of a porter. Those who like that sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.

jjkatter, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

MeisterSmudge, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

jujigatame, Jan 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

beerhunter13, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of MadeInOregon
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

THE LOOK of Harviestoun's Old Engine Oil is very much appropriate given the label's description when it calls it a "black ale", however it is quite average in every other respect with nothing raising even an eyebrow. The body is solid black and is topped with a very thin, khaki head.

THE SMELL is of dried chocolate (i.e. cocoa powdery). It is quite sweet and rich smelling, but extremely average.

THE TASTE is mainly of sweet, but bittersweet, chocolate. There is a mild, medium hoppyness and dry, bitter finish. There is also some coffee in the flavor profile. This is a solid, accurate representation of a porter but there's certainly nothing impressive, intense or anything else going on.

THE FEEL is basically an American porter or maybe a medium-thin stout. The label sounds like this will be impressive or overly strong, thick, etc., but this is a quite tame and straightforward porter.

CONCLUSION: The label is smoke and mirrors; this is a tame, straightforward porter. Everything about this is entirely normal and civilized. Change the label and I'd give it higher ratings. It's a good drink, but why pay a premium for basic porter from Europe when you can support a local, craft brewery making the same thing? Lots to chose from domestically. Pass on this one.

MadeInOregon, Jan 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Rizalini, Jan 12, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.7%

WuAnquo1, Jan 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

phamnett, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Dope, Jan 06, 2012
Old Engine Oil from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 1,398 ratings.