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Old Engine Oil - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Old Engine OilOld Engine Oil

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1,321 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,321
Reviews: 728
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 96
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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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Jet black with a thin, bubbly tan head with no retention.

S - Milk chocolate and brown sugar dominate with coffee and smoke providing the backup.

T - Coffee up front, with roasted malt, smoke and chocolate also. Lovely bittersweet balance.

M - Medium bodied and syrupy, low to medium carbonation.

O - Just a cracking porter. Have one after dinner tonight.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 07:09:18 | More by dansmcd
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

11-30-2011 19:25:29 | More by brandoman63
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11-29-2011 20:59:51 | More by InspectorBob
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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-27-2011 15:50:57 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11-26-2011 07:03:23 | More by mdillon86
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Dark mahogany brown colour, almost opaque. 2-finger sized tan brown head that last 30sec.

Some light malts and a fair bit of chocolate on the nose to begin with along with some slight notes of grain and some background spiciness. Bittersweet finish.

Some malts and roasted barely flavours upfront with strong chocolate and hints of coffee. It seems very well balanced and has a little spice, roasted malts and hints of grain at the end.

A thin bodied beer although not watery and the beer still has a sort of creamy feel to it that is very smooth & highly drinkable.

Quite light on the palate and not as malty as I had been expecting, the beer is very well balanced and I could easily see me knocking back a few of this without any problems.

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Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 17:58:35 | More by flyingpig
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Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +15%

11-23-2011 05:48:59 | More by Vandelayindustri
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New York

5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-22-2011 15:49:05 | More by bluntedboywonder
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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
Old Engine Oil from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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