Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest Ale
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest AleOld Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest Ale
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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #52
Ranked #1,582
4.24 | pDev: 8.73%
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom
Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest AleOld Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest Ale
Notes: The intensely flavoured but incredibly smooth Engineer's Reserve is our fabulous Old Engine Oil brewed up to 9% alc./vol. Three hop varieties - grassy Fuggles, spicy East Kent Goldings and fruity Galena - are combined with roast barley providing a slightly burnt, toasted coffee character. Enjoy a bottle after dinner and take time to savour the earthy, hop fruity flavours of this spectacularly dark, rich beer.
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a case of the name suiting the beer to a T: it is pitch-black and viscous like burnt crankcase oil, and the monolayer-thin creamy tan head that reluctantly forms immediately dissipates to the faintest of rings. The nose is all dark malt, predominately bitter chocolate with lesser amounts of dark toffee and hints of molasses and coffee; alcohol notes are also very prominent. On the palate, it is pretty straightforward: bitter light chocolate up front, which broadens to include bitter coffee and a hint of molasses. The finish is darkly malty, washed over by a chocolate bitterness that seems to stay forever. The full body has an expectedly thick texture, and a surprisingly prickly mouthfeel and finish due to some very lively carbonation.

Jul 04, 2015
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 23, 2015
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DougT from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Guinness pint glass.

Absolutely black with a 2 finger dark, frothy tan head with light tan edges. Melts away into a full layer of foam with acceptable lacing.

Smells of chocolate, malt, and roasted grain.

Sweet up front, chocolate, a little coffee then bitter into the after taste. Some yeast and hops notes in the middle. Well balanced. Some alcohol burn, but only as the other flavors wash away. The taste of chocolate lingers throughout.

Full bodied, creamy, smooth, with enough effervescence to keep it interesting. Coats the mouth and tongue and engages the whole palate.

Very good beer. The flavors are quite tasty and the experience worth the price of admission.

Feb 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Dec 22, 2012
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dank203 from New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours thick dark black, not too much head. Aromas sweet coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, smoked meat. Flavors balanced with dark chocolate, creamy sweet malt and bitter coffee flavors. Feel and boldness of imperial stout with sweetness and drinkability of a porter

Mar 06, 2014
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Jlang2012 from South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12%

May 25, 2012
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NSK79 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Dec 10, 2012
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Marius from Netherlands

4/5  rDev -5.7%

Nov 26, 2014
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mick303 from Canada

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vertical tasting, from notes.
A - much more creamy tan lacing than the original, excellent film and lacing, black body, looks amazing. 4.75
S - oily resin, warming, florals, honey, roasty malt, thick liquorice, dry herbal notes, wonderful. 4.5
T - more dry espresso, alcohol spice, some lemon, leather, very dry finish with some liquorice. 4.25
M - thick, creamy, very full, smooth mocha, very tasty and balanced. 4.25
O - a bit of the alcohol spiciness, good burnt toastiness character, some leafy spiciness, overall an excellent beer. 4.5

Jun 17, 2013
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retreminy from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Jul 21, 2012
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EigenBeer from Florida

4/5  rDev -5.7%

Sep 23, 2012
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carlitos92 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Sep 22, 2013
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HawkeyeJosh from Arkansas

4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jan 09, 2015
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jmaharaj from Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't seem pour as thick as I expected ut it is a deep deep black. A thin off-white head leaves a ring around the beer thnat lingers.
Smells lovely. Deep bitter coffee, burnt grains and a toffe scent that,despite the thickness of the aroma, doesnt feel sickeningly sweet. A sharp sting of alcohol sits on the top. I didnt expect much hops presence at all, but im getting some earthy and peppery hops. nothing huge, but something is certainly there.
Very tasty. A long beer with all the notes from the nose showing up well on the tongue. The toffee malts melt on the tongue, whirling with the coffe and a light chocolate flavor. Nothing here seems artificial. the hops dont show up with flavor, but they do dry up the beer pleasingly on the end. Wen everything else had had its say, the 9%alcohol kicks in with a comforting warmth.
Low carbonation, but that was expected. Sometimes even in thick stouts where its expected the low carbonation seems to produce a sappy beer, that isnt the case here. The beer feels thicker than it looks. Wonderfully viscous as it rolls over the tongue. Its a genuine sort of thickness, not tacky or oily. Thats what impresses me most about this beer. Its pretty big and flavorful, but it seems so well brewed, nothing seems added or out of place. Solid in every way.

Nov 17, 2012
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ViragS from California

4.75/5  rDev +12%

May 02, 2014
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spoony from Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 330 ml bottle (code says 262/11) into a snifter.

A-A normal pour produces a finger of mocha-colored head that fades to cap after a minute. I get no lacing. The beer is ebony in color and still-looking. Pretty standard stuff.

S-The aroma is full of roast and chocolate flavors. There is a heavy dose of cream, as well. Another sniff reveals toffee and molasses. There is just a hint of char and bitterness. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden.

T-The taste is also a creamy mixture of milk and dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, and malted grains. There is a little bit of dark fruity sweetness from the alcohol and a touch of bitter smoke flavor.

M-The viscosity is quite high and the lazy carbonation does just enough to keep my palate interested. Really nice.

O-I really enjoy this beer. It is substantial in both taste and feel. The creamy flavors pair well with the thick mouthfeel, but there is just enough char and roasted flavors lurking underneath to keep this beer from feeling lopsided. A very solid effort with an outstanding mouthfeel.

May 17, 2014
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Tiernan from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Jul 30, 2013
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alelover from Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.7%

May 10, 2013
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JBarx from Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.9%

Aug 19, 2012
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zenithberwyn from California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Oct 08, 2014
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Almost black color with brownish head. Aroma has dark roasted malt, a bit of umami and a hint of smoke. Taste follows, roasty, a bit briney, light ham notes. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Quite tasty and smooth overall.

Jul 24, 2014
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Dicers from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Sep 28, 2013
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His_Royal_Hoppiness from England

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Jul 05, 2014
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DukeX13 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%

May 19, 2013
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jason_nwx from Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%

Nov 26, 2014
Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 352 ratings