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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,737
Reviews:
812
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.49%
 
 
Wants:
165
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233
For Trade:
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Photo of Nature777
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the greatest beers I have ever had!

A: Very dark black, visibly heavier than it tastes. Nice tan head with a little lacing. Beautiful brew.

S: Roasty, chocolately, coffee smells. Beautiful!

T: Superb flavor! Nice heavy chocolate and coffee flavors with beautiful hints of malt. This beer tastes so good that it could make a grown man cry!

M: Smooth. That's all I need to say.

D: Very drinkable. Very enjoyable.

This is a nearly perfect beer. I can't imagine anything being changed on this brew to make it better. This is in my top 10!

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured (kinda hard) from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass. The head and bubbles look almost like a nitro porter, the way they sorta cascade upward and collect forming a 1.5-2 inch head that dissipated slowly and sticks generously to the glass, absolutely gorgeous. Smell is of chocolate, burnt roasted malt, a touch of smoke, and an even lighter note of sugar. Fantastic. Taste is just as good as the last two categories with a huge roasted, dark chocolate character. Then a touch of bitterness, that transitions to sweet, and then finishes bitter again. Deceptively simple flavor profile that reveals more and more depth as you drink it and as it warms in the glass. Not surprisingly, from the name, the feel in the mouth is thick, viscous, and luxurious. Fortifying, even. No surprise the porter is the classic post work beverage of the working stiff. And this is a perfect example of it, perfectly executed and cheap af to boot. This is some top notch stuff!

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of VoxRationis
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Decanted in a conical pint from an 11.2 oz can. Pours black with a limited tan head. Nose: dark roasted malts with a whiff of cafe au last; palate: again rich dark malts pleasantly bittered with chocolate and coffee notes. Medium bodied with good retention of effervescence. Sorry to see this is no longer produced and happy to have gotten a taste.

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Photo of ordybill
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Pitch black appearance with a small tan head. The aroma is malt and chocolate, outstanding aroma. Excellent flavor of dark malt. A perfect beer.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - A light-trapping, intense void of a deep black. One of the deepest blacks I have ever seen in a brew. Creamy beige head that dissipates slowly.

Smell - Wonderfully aromatic. Toasty malts, slightly bitter hops and chocolate. Very complex.

Taste - A robust beer in every sense of the word. Malts break through right away and deliver a smooth, toasty start. The chocolate notes deliver an equally smooth finish. The light carbonation and very subtle hoppy bitterness add just enough definition to round out the brew. Very good balance of flavor.

Mouth Feel - Creamy and rich. Slightly tart, but overwhelmingly smooth.

Overall - This is truly a world class beer. Everything about Old Engine Oil screams attention to detail and experienced craftsmanship. The price is a little steep considering the size of one bottle, but it is well worth the expense as this particular brew is truly sensational and an excellent addition to a fine meal.

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5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A must have for dark beer lovers.

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Old Engine Oil Black Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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