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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,741
Reviews:
813
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.49%
 
 
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Photo of migleskun
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of puck1225
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer. Poured a beautiful dark brown from a can into a shaker pint. Rich, foamy beige head and excellent lacing. Nice dark toast smell with a bit of chocolate. This is also found in the taste. Smooth and full mouth feel. A very enjoyable beer!

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of travelguy
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Into my nonic, it pours just like as its name says leaving the same color body. A gentle foamy one inch tan/off-white head appears and settles into the top of the body leaving some small paper thin hills on top. The smell is roasty and bold with nice chocolate and coffee notes. The taste is the same yet offering a bit of a woodiness in it as well. The palate is about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, and fairly drinkable. Overall, this is a pretty good beer for its style and one that I would come back to.

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Photo of tottel
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phineasco
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black motor oil with light 1 inch head.
Smell: Licorice, bark, and brownies.
Taste: Taste follows the nose licorice, bark, and brownies.
Mouthfeel: Thin and crushable.
Overall: A great porter, reminds me a bit of Everett.

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Photo of Giangio
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dazka
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sephyrott
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rypkr
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thin coca cola looking pour with light light mocha colored large bubbly head

Smells delicious. Like a cross between guiness and a malty German dopplebock. Tons of malty barley, very oaky, sweet vanilla, toffee and cream.

Tastes incredible. I did not expect it to have this much flavor given the thin poured. It's like a guiness on steroids. It's so malty with lightly roasted but potent characteric. Very low bitterness. Slightly earthy.

Feel is ridiculously large for 6%. What a body for a medium beer. Awesomely creamy to boot.

Overall - great.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very very dark brown with some dark reds at the edges. Very opaque. The head is small and leaves behind a resilient head.

Flavors are rich and very malty chocolate and creamy. Hops are present and a nice buttering agent.

Really really good.

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Photo of RMW66
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akopczyk
4.94/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SGR1220
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft offering served in a snifter appears black in color with a khaki head that fades leaving spotty lace.

The aroma is earthy with char and an overall heavily roasted accent.

The taste is bitter and roasty with espresso, char and a citrus bitter hoppiness as well.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Overall a solid brew.

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Photo of Treefig33
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of soundaurora
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ferretferret
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased from the bottle at Brasserie V in Madison. Gorgeous brew. Poured as the blackest of ales; a bit thin on the mouthfeel, but, that's not too unexpected for the ABV. Chocolate, roasted malt, and perhaps honey notes (very subtle; not actually honey, I'm sure) make this much more sessionable than I had anticipated.

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Photo of MeganandDana
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dankacheese
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VoxRationis
5/5  rDev +22%
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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Old Engine Oil Black Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,741 ratings.
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