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Old Engine Oil - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Old Engine OilOld Engine Oil

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1,313 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,313
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 95
Gots: 73 | 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 davidfoley

New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark ruby, poor head retention, light carbonation

Smell - Dark berries, cherry, black currant, vanilla, spice, nutty, aged roasted coffee aroma with moderate alcohol presence

Taste - Deep fruity, chocolate, coffee, malty sweet flavour. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, cream velvet texture. Crisp and clean finish with light/medium carbonation

Drinkability - Pleasant & well balanced. Not a session beer, but could have a few pints!

Overall - Good beer, well balanced, recommend it!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 13:07:10 | More by davidfoley
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-22-2011 07:07:15 | More by MarcatGSB
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-20-2011 18:57:51 | More by Rempo
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

11-20-2011 04:59:20 | More by JAHMUR
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Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle at the Sugarbowl in Edmonton.

A - deep dark and black; little to no light travels through this one. Practically no head on this whatsoever.

S - huge notes of smoke and dark chocolate on the nose

T - huge roasty notes with a smoke backbone though not super concentrated. Slightly sweet it the middle with chocolate notes. Finish is primarily smoke and dark roasty malts and lingers nicely.

M - medium bodied with velvet carbonation; smooth

D - extremely drinkable; very approachable

This is a top class porter; dark and smoky and not overly concentrated.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 22:31:50 | More by DoktorZee
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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Indeed, looks like old engine oil. I made a 1.5 finger head which is a kinda dark cream color, rootbeer float head. Barely any carbonation visible through the darkness.
S: Black coffee, with lots of roasted edge, but also cocoa powder like quik.
T: Mild aluminum (despite it coming from a bottle). It's pretty great. Like drinking black coffee, but not really bitter, not so sweet, with some chocolate elements. Pretty delicious.
M: Creamy, fluffy with very very mild carbonation. A unique feeling and very nice.
O: Very impressive. I don't really like porters but this is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 02:48:05 | More by sfprint
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-18-2011 12:16:26 | More by meich75
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New York

5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-16-2011 03:50:18 | More by virinow
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-16-2011 02:39:43 | More by bpfrush
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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-15-2011 17:22:00 | More by ElGallo
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-15-2011 16:41:39 | More by richbrew
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-15-2011 05:41:16 | More by tonyf55
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-15-2011 05:34:14 | More by Lawnboy33
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-14-2011 21:18:09 | More by tbeckett
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

11-14-2011 19:09:35 | More by sbricker
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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Very dark dark in color. Frothy head, about one finger thick that dissipates quickly

S-The roasty barley is the first thing I noticed. Chocolate and coffee as well. A faint smokiness in there too.

T-Big roasty flavor followed by some chocolate and a little coffee. Hops in the background but the bitterness provides a nice counter to the rostyness.Some smoke flavor is noticeable too.

M-Smooth and creamy mouth feel. Mild carbonation that just dances on the tongue. Light to medium body

O-A very good porter. It really delivers on the roast flavor I want in a porter. Not quite as complex as American Porters but is everything you look for in a traditional example of a porter. I will definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 02:55:40 | More by danielofthedale
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A: BLACK pour with a dark brown head. Lets no light through when held up to light.

S: Malty and coffe/roasted cocoa nose.

T: Chocolate and coffee with lots of roasted malts and some cream. Slightly alcoholic finish with more roasted malts.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body.

O: A good english style porter. Great for drinking when you just want a porter, nothing crazy.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 17:27:32 | More by Valmor88
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a pint glass.

Chocolate brown head is 1/4 inch on the pour but recedes to a thin ring with islands of foam. Absolutely pitch black with dark brown highlights when you hold it to the light.

Rather boozy and vinous aroma with a baclground of dried figs and prunes with hints of burnt and dark malts.

Dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, with a boozy, almost port like finish. Aftertaste is boozy with an astringent burnt character.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Mild carbonation.

Overall a good beer and nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 01:23:48 | More by Noxious26
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3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip.

A - Despite the description on the bottle, the doesn't really resemble old engine oil at all. It is fairly dark, and is black throughout even around the thinnest points, it still looks a bit thin as it's pouring out of the bottle and seems rather fluid than viscous. Additionally, the head is a light tan, not really what I was expecting and is a finger's-worth tall. Not a whole lot of retention, and the lacing is decent, but nothing exceptionally special.

S - The nose is not what I was anticipating at all. It has a touch of roast, but it is actually a bit grassy and even skunky at times. It has an interesting herbal and fruity quality to it as well. It's a little smoky and also brings in a little bit of chocolate.

T - After my first sip of this I'm not quite sure what to make of the beer. It's certainly not the thick, viscous, roast-bomb that I was thinking it'd be, but it also isn't completely abstract from that idea either. It has points of deep complexity, from the malts, which encompass a wide range of flavors from smoke, to light chocolate, to a slight bitter roast, to the lighter or fruitier notes, in the form of the herbal qualities, dark fruits, and an almost Scotch-esque seasalt taste. Definitely interesting and complex, even if it wasn't what I was expecting.

M - Mouthfeel is actually relatively light-bodied with good carbonation. Don't come into this with a Dark Lord mentality where you will be fighting to get it down your throat. It goes down easily and leaves an earthy, somewhat smoky finish.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. A neat little beer that ends up delivering on things I wasn't really looking for, but are welcome nonetheless. I was expecting a little bit more heartier given the name and description, but I can't say I was entirely disappointed by what I did get.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 01:53:39 | More by nhindian
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's a blast from my past: Old Engine Oil. I remember having this on the old school pull-taps at the pub I worked at in Edinburgh twenty aught one. Good times! I particularly remember this fine ale because it was 8-9% at the time and we could only serve it as half pints due to the potency (one night I had 4 half pints before a night out... and the rest is history).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint.

A: "Black as the ace of spades" to coin a Monty Python phrase. This has one dark body body (possibly darker than Guinness!). The 1cm tan head retains well and leaves a bold (and inviting) lacing around the inside of the glass.

S: An overpowering chicory aroma leads with a strong roast barley base which gives it its bitter espresso fragrance. Like most ales of this style (and strength) there is a lingering smokiness to the profile.

T: This stuff really is old engine oil! The flavour is upfront and very demanding of your taste senses with a heady burst of chicory, chocolate and roasted coffee followed by vanilla and that hint of smoke, and finishing dry with slight bitterness in the after-taste. I could breath this it's so good!

M: Light on carbonation (as expected) with a rich sticky presence which further conjures an image of drinking a glass of engine oil.

D: I really love this brew and I'm glad with the drop in ABV it hasn't lost it's flavour like Guinness extra stout. This is a damn, damn fine representation of an extra stout that I highly recommend to anyone even remotely interested in dark ales. Not for the faint of heart though. As good as (if not better than) Cooper's extra stout... that's a big call too!

Food match: Savour this with some dark chocolate or indeed it would suit a well made stew/beef steak pie. Hard cheese if that's your thing (personally cheese and beer have never mixed well with me). Also a shepherds pie would be ace.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 08:36:53 | More by doktorhops
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - perfect oily black color with brown undertones. really looks like some old sludgy engine oil. little cream colored head with no retention and quick dissipation

s - roasted sugary sweetness (can't go too in depth here... I have a cold right now)

t - little touch of chocolate. light body for how dark it looks. pleasant bitterness all the way through that carries into the aftertaste. this is a delicious brew

m - so smooth! very drinkable, mild carbonation.

o - this is an incredible beer. highly recommend

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 01:40:41 | More by Doshkin
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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black in color with a half fingered, light, mocha head that fades to a fine lacing in the center of the brew and a ring around the outside of the glass.

S: Roasted malts followed by chocolate and some dark fruits. There is a little bit of coffee as well.

T: Mostly malty with hints of cocoa and chocolate. A smokey character is present along with some light vanilla notes.

M: A very creamy character that couples well with the flavors. Full bodied with a light amount of carbonation.

O: Overall very good, a great example of a porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 19:32:41 | More by Daktyls
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into a 2/3 pint glass

a -black. makes Guinness look like a beer that's heard of black but has never seen it. <insert further hyperbole here, this is a seriously dark beer>. nice head that dissipates into pleasing lacing.

s - bits of malt, no yeast, chocolate, Agent Cooper coffee cut through with cherry pie

t - big sweet roasted mocha immediately cut with an amazingly dry hop bitterness

m - great. it's satisfying while being easily drinkable, good carbonation and light without even knowing what the word "thin" means.

o - the platonic modern porter. maybe not *quite* as interesting as Alice Porter but it sets out to be a perfect porter and it achieves that and then some.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 01:09:22 | More by aidanskinner
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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is like, well, old engine oil - pitch black with a dark tan head. Nice lacing on the glass. The smell is strongly cocoa and a bit of dark fruit. The taste is much the same - cocoa up front, dark fruits in the back, with a roasty flavor as well. Mouthfeel is wonderfully viscous. The description on the label says it's viscous, chocolaty, and roasty. This beer delivers on all three.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 07:04:27 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark as night black hue which leaves a one finger khaki head and sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is milk chocolate with fruit and nut,milky mocha and sweet malts,the mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and has tastes of dark cocoa,milky bittersweet mocha,a touch of fruit cake,sweet dark malts and finished with a mix of dark belgian chocolate and herbal fruit punch and overall i like this drop and prefer it then most of the oak aged versions cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 14:26:09 | More by ADZA
Old Engine Oil from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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