Old Engine Oil Black Ale | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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4.14/5
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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.

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#3,437
Reviews:
837
Ratings:
1,819
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
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Photo of Elflord
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A bit thin for a good porter, slight after taste of bitter or burnt sugar. Drinkable but not a favorite.

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Photo of robotic_being
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing flavor. Well made beer!!!

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Photo of Muss42
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of msscott1973
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Xutag77
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of monk2021
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xungmound98
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seedyone
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From bottle at home purchased at Milk & Hops, Chelsea. This is a textbook brew. It its all the right notes in harmony. Outstanding without being overwhelming. Cosmetically it has just the right effervescence to show a rich, substantial head on the pour that settles to a khaki cap over a deep choco-coffee colored liquid with a noteworthy mouthfeel. The aroma carries more bitterness then meets the palate. Rich coffee & chocolate with a wonderful wintry texture. The sweetness has a touch of brunt sugar bitterness not unlike a well made toffee. The unctuous mouthfeel is rich without being cloying.

I wish I could find this everywhere all the time, but then again maybe the "treat" element makes the heart grow fonder.

If you see this try it. It's an education. No gimmicks. Just good.

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

Photo of KooVee
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle bb Sep 19.

Lightish foam despite reddish tint of black colour, indicating roasted barley in the recipe.

Aroma is actually quite subdued, with caramel notes, only a whiff of smoke and roasted flavours, no chocolate to speak of.

Taste is that of a sweetish stout. There is the broad bitterness at the back, but dominant is a molasses type very slightly burned caramel flavour that sticks around relatively long. The interplay of bitterness and burnt caramel sustains interest until the end of each sip, and happily until the end of the bottle.

Mouthfeel is not as thick as reputation demands but it is above British average.

Overall a pleasant, sweet, stronger version of a Dry Stout, if one ignores the 'black ale' on the label. One gets the idea to compare this to say Guinness Export in a blind tasting, as a slightly more lightly built cousin. I do not taste anything porter-like.. too sweet, and the roasted barley does not fit. No chocolate or smoky notes. In this day and age, would benefit from a bit more boldness.

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Photo of BeerBeast
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothmanscott
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes 1/14/12: Pours ebony with a single finger of moderately lasting, coarse, mocha head that leaves speckled lacing across the glass. Aroma is dark roast, caramel, chocolate, dried plum/prune with hints of smoke and spicy hops. Taste is chocolate milk, caramel, roast, prune, some smoke, a slight burnt quality, a hint of coffee and hop spice. The hop character is more prominent in the mouth being present from mid-sip through the finish and into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is excellent: full, heavy bodied with slight carbonation it is thick as the name "Engine Oil" would imply, slick, smooth and very drinkable. Very nice. In some respects more like a Wee Heavy/Sweet Stout than a porter.

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Photo of Shenk87
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jkblr
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle coded B6088 poured into a perfect pint glass at fridge temp 6% ABV. The beer pours very dark brown to black with mocha colored head. The head recedes to a few bubbles and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is mild roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is pleasant roasty malt with hints of chocolate and coffee before a barely tangy nuetral finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with less than medium carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good. Absolutely worth the price if you enjoy a well crafted porter especially if you've never had it.

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Photo of mizx
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle in a snifter via a good friend from England---Cheers Keith!
This classic pours a dark brownish black with cola highlights and a decent
head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin swirling pool, and displays
some nice lacing. Nose of chocolate, subtle coffee, subtle char, toffee, and
caramel malt. Flavors exceed the nose with a subtle coffee infused rich
bittersweet chocolate note with touches of char and roast with subtle
vanilla and mild herbal hops. Perfect English mouth feel; medium-full
body, light carbonation, and a rich chocolate forward finish that
is a lightly bitter malt finish.

Overall---SUPERB. Always a treat from England, and this one flew
across the pond!

Cheers Keith!

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Photo of desint
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jamesroses
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle

Black,small bubbles mocha head, low carbonation.

Aromas of roasted malts, cocoa, chocolatey, some coffee and a fresh hop presence.

Taste follows the nose, that chocolatey edge and the roasted character very balanced. Hop presence in the end.

Goes diwn smooth. Lighter than expected but really good anyway.

Really good beer.

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

Photo of thebooyakid
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wc94wc
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeschaefer
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

My fav.

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Old Engine Oil Black Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,819 ratings