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
BA SCORE
94.2%
Liked This Beer
4.22 w/ 326 ratings
Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest AleOld Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom
harviestoun.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WVbeergeek on 01-04-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,274
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
326
Liked:
307
Avg:
4.22/5
pDev:
8.77%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
66
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 326 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of ZEB89
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tone
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, chocolate, alcohol, slight euro yeast, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of chocolate, slight euro yeast, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, great aroma, body, feel, and blend.

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Photo of RyantheReformer
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle.
Pours black with a small but semi-durable head.
Thick body with low carbonation.
Exceptional, rich dark roasted grain aroma.
Light hops and alcohol esters are more evident in the flavor.

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Photo of BeccaH
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlaskaAg
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khmel
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: A pitch black pour with a super-dense tan head and medium retention.

S: Smokey malt, sweet dark bread.

T: Bitter roasted malt, smokey, sweetness and a hoppy bite at the end.

M: Medium-thick body, creamy, low carbonation with a hoppy alcohol bite.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with little head but nice spotty lace.
Aromas muted, but taste kicks in with a major choc hit... All mellow roasts as well.
Seriously old school brewing. Nothing fancy just well made English porter with attitude.
May not appeal to the hipster market.
Whole is greater than sum of the parts.

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Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of danoble1
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LAND_MINE
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a one finger high, beigebrown head.

Nose: Caramel malt, roasted malt, fudge, cream, nuts, milk chocolate, rye bread and coffee.
Taste: Soft, silky taste of coffee, chocolate, licorice, dark bread, hops, tobacco and dark berries.
Body: Full, complex yet smooth body with medium carbonation. A little bit of bitterness. Dry ending. This is excellent!

Beatiful, dark, smooth, oily taste and yet so drinkable! I love this beer!

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Photo of Fabianno
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of _RL_
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoostaBia
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Walbert_Neto
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bitterbill
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and I first thought without any foam but it does show up after several seconds. Small and tannish, near zero lacing.

Big roasted malt nose with some coffee and chocolate, leans towards the bitter side vs sweet side.

Dark chocolate and that hugeness of roasted malt I mentioned in the smell dominate. Good coffee notes and hop bitterness from the UK hops.

Very smooth mouthfeel.

Big brother to the regular Old Engine Oil and just as enjoyable.

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Photo of EEscobar
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tabhill
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, plum, light licorice, light smoke, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, plum, light licorice, light smoke, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/spicy hop and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, plum, light licorice, light smoke, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness, balance, and complexity of big dark/roasted malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English imperial porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of big dark/roasted malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of beaulabauve
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brianito
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SamuelR
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 94.2% out of 100 with 326 ratings
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