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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
Ranking:
#1,615
Reviews:
820
Ratings:
1,757
pDev:
10.39%
Bros Score:
4.55
 
 
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Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours dense black, thin head (bottle did travel overseas..) wonderful aroma of licorice/coffee. Taste is rich malt ,coffee and chocolate. Nice mouth feel, slight thickness creamy. Makes me think of a light stout. Very good. Shame i can't find on draft and have to settle for an expensive bottle.

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Photo of Mrkwlsn
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bruno74200
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice English porter. A perfect exemple for the style. Roasted notes are not followed by a strong acidity, but balanced by the use of oat. Chocolate, coffee, dark berries and prunes are present. Really good balance. Nice

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

Photo of ChrisCage
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This Black Ale pours like...well....old engine oil!!! It this super dark brown/ashy black in color and had a fine dense tan/coffee colored head with excellent retention, settling into a fine yet thick film over the brew! Obviously the carbonation is much too hard to see but lacing is modest with the foam patches clinging to the side of the glass in a very modest fashion!

S- Definitely this smells of black and chocolate dry malts, dark cocoa content chocolate, black coffee, muted vanilla, burnt brown sugars and/or molasses, Earthy oat grain, and a lingering yet mild hopped finish.

T- The flavors are very nice and proper for this porter style, also, they follow along the aromas too! Heavier black coffee, dark chocolate, Earthy/rooty notes that remind me somewhat of licorice, charred wood, burnt black and dark chocolate malts, heavily cooked brown sugar, blackstrap molasses dryness and the finish is reasonably hop bittered. Quite nice!

M/O- This is probably a little on the light side for the style but overall the flavors are right where Id like them to be and are reasonably bold....another plus! Drinkability is high, as I wouldn't mind a couple of these in a sitting and the alcohol is well hidden. I recommend this and think this is a decent brewery from what I've had so far!

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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

$ 13.12 (Including tax)/four pack of 11.2 oz cans ($ 0.293/oz) at Spec’s DeZavala Road, San Antonio, TX.
Undated can from shelf, stored at 41 degrees in house reefer, served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried shaker.
Aroma – Faint malt, a little cocoa.
Head – Enormous (Maximum 10.5 cm, basically the entire shaker, aggressive pour), tan, low density froth with many rocks, average retention for the first half of the head retraction then slow, diminishing to a ragged wide ring and a complete layer. Head retraction leaves broken lacing.
Lacing – Excellent! Wide, nearly complete rings of tiny to small bubbles.
Body – Very dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – Light taste of roasted malt, very slightly bitter, with some hints of cocoa. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression: An excellent English porter with the roast malt of a robust porter and the low hoppiness of a brown porter. This is one that can be easily and rapidly consumed!
Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.5.

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Photo of Premo88
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. can poured into "stout glass" (vertical tulip)

L: classic black-and-beige look, the liquid is clear dark brown pouring out of the can but looks black in the glass; it's topped by a thick beige head of foam about 3/4-inch tall and super sticky; keeps a thick collar and a lot of skin

S: dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar ... sweet but with a slightly toasted wood note to offer some balance; port; maple icing covered donut

T: dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, toasted wood ... a showcase of roasted-malt flavors that blend well, more sweet than roasted or dark but with a nice woody finish and aftertaste that gives it some balancing earthiness

S: solid middleweight with ale softness up front followed by a light crisp bite at the end of each swallow; overall it's a bit soft after a pretty hard pour, but that softness works fine for the style

O: fantastic in every way; I'll be drinking a ton of this in the future, super easy to handle with loads and loads of dark-malt flavor

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Photo of drmeto
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a small to medium,foamy,beige head
S:
-coffee,chocolate,nutty,molasses,vanilla,oats,herbal
T:
-very sweet sugar upfront,plums,raisins,oats,coffee,cola,bitter finish
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Very similar to a Sweet Stout.
I usually don't like Sweet Stouts, but this has enough bitterniss to balance out the high sweetness.

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Photo of dandy14
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of _nickg_
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dertyd
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of hypnotoad1
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of migleskun
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of puck1225
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
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 +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of travelguy
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
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 -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phineasco
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
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 -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Old Engine Oil Black Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,757 ratings
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