Old Engine Oil Black Ale | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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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
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#1,736
Reviews:
829
Ratings:
1,786
pDev:
10.14%
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4.55
 
 
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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

Photo of Vandelay1863
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Nass
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

There is no need for me to took about the color of this beer I think we all know generally what a stouts & porters looks like in a beer glass. Moreover, this english porter has a medium to heavy mouthfeel. This is a really smooth sipper type of porter. The abv is hidden really well. Cheers! A- (90-94) score range

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Photo of sisterofba
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bret717
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look- pours cola brown with a one finger tan head

Smell- Intense dark roast coffee, a little chocolate

Taste- follows the nose closely, but the roast coffee note tastes closer to burnt, lending to a moderate amount of bitterness

Feel- medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall- Great porter with intense roast flavor and great body

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Photo of festizio
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Being and engineer I had to grab this and see what it was all about - it does my career namesake a solid...

Black is an understatement when it comes to how this looks. Every time I think I've seen the blackest beer I could see, another comes across my eyes to make me think twice. Well, this one made me think three times over it. Not much head to pour and no lacing, but it was beautifully black and impenetrable. The smell was strong on booze, but after the first few minutes it blended well with the roasted coffee notes and even a hint of caramel (I noted.) Mouthfeel was almost medium-bodied, it leaned toward being light, which made this dangerously simple to drink considering it's at 9% ABV. The beer's taste did not 'wow' me, but it was solid nonetheless - roasted malts, coffee, and a tamped down flavor of booze that, again, was impressive considering how high in alcohol it contains. A very good beer and one I'd like to have more than one on hand.

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Photo of moodenba
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask version of the Scottish Harviestoun 6% Old Engine Oil "Porter" found in the Rocky Point, NY, BBDs, with a Sports Bar vibe, on a chilly February, 2018, night. The porter was served slightly cool, with a head encouraged, I believe, by a "sparkler".

This beer is excellent overall. The overall impression is a balanced Porter that goes down easily. My only quibble might be a slight bite due to the 6% alcohol level. I notice that in Britain, the cask is 4.5%.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobv
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. can.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a huge tan head over a black body with fantastic lacing that sticks around forever. Wonderful nose of roasted malt and some chocolate. Taste of bitter chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. Nice feel and overall a great English Porter, and probably the best I've ever had.

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Photo of rangerred
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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Old Engine Oil Black Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,786 ratings