Old Engine Oil Black Ale | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Old Engine Oil Black AleOld Engine Oil Black Ale
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Old Engine Oil Black AleOld Engine Oil Black Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Legend has it that Old Engine Oil was dedicated to our Head Brewer’s love of classic cars. But it’s the thick, dark, chocolatey viscosity that reveals the real inspiration behind the name.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,114
Reviews:
831
Ratings:
1,795
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My fav.

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Photo of corywalston
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CervezaNY
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of petrusek23
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Michelleroo
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just fabulous! Tricky! Comes in looking like a hearty stout and goes down super smooth and lighter than I expected. The color is very dark...just beautiful with a mocha head. When it advertises toasty and chocolatey, they mean it! I can’t say enough good things here, Love this beer!

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Photo of gardner254
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GeriSullivan
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

OMG. From no aroma in the bottle to spicy richness upon pouring. Next to no head. Flavor has a fullness that points out how thin the Berkshire Brewing Coffeehouse Porter I'm comparing it with really is. (I like the BBC porter; I love Old Engine Oil. Now very curious to try its variations. (Same name comes in bottles labeled black ale and porter; mine in the bar I'm in says it's a stout.) This one isn't, but it's by far the best black ale I've had the pleasure of drinking.

Terrific cold; even better at room temp. Nice bitter finish. I'll be seeking this one out.

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Photo of TheGent
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajm5108
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask. Classic visual, aroma isn’t super-punchy but you get the expected roasted malt. Taste is traditional but well down - balanced with some smokey malt, chocolate, light espresso, very mild hops. Creamy mouthfeel due to the cask.

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Photo of BeenTired
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trickykid
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sbuck
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cbei1261
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Maudrey
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bloodsnot77
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rogerlb
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from BevMo, $3.99. Pours black all right, like cola rather than the viscous quality you might expect from the name. Head is 1/4 inch, and straw colored, not overly dark (in other words, not khaki).

Aroma is roast, malty. Taste along those lines, roast, barley, and dried toast with no butter. Really no sweetness or malt. Non-sweet chocolate, grain, with anise in the final. Slightly sticky and a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Body is light for what announces itself as engine oil. Drinks like a bitter, or light Guinness, yet has the taste of a stout. Not chewy either. This is a good ale, they're calling it a porter. Easy to drink.

When you have half an inch left, the light is able to finally get through to reveal a dark brown tint.

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Photo of dbromon
3.49/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dazedman
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer is black with a foamy thick tan head. I can smell chocolate and black coffee but there seems to even be a sweet aroma of vanilla or creme. The taste follows the nose well but I had a slightly more burn taste. The beer is smooth and creamy, no strong flavors of alcohol.

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Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hockeypuck
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dclewis25
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Old Engine Oil Black Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,795 ratings