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:
1,740
Reviews:
813
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.49%
 
 
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166
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4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken at a cask party.

Old Engine Oil from a cask poured out the same jet black color but of course with a severely impaired head (as did all of the cask offerings) and only minimal lacing. The main aroma/taste difference this brew had in cask format is a much heavier emphasis on stone fruits over the roasted malts. It was like cherries and prunes in a cup of mocha coffee on the nose! The flavor had some lighter emphasis on the stone fruits than the nose did, but it was still noticeably present on the palate. Transitions from semi-sweet to dry throughout each sip. Body is still on the thicker side of medium heft yet carbonated enough to avoid syrupy-ness.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of acevenom
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a large, creamy tan head that dissipates slowly. The head retains very well. No light can be seen passing through this beer. There are smells of dark roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. It smells a little sweet. The aroma is very inviting. The taste is just like it smells. There are flavors of dark roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. There's a mild sweetness from the malt to accompany the bitter hops. This is wonderfully balanced and delicious. The body is medium with not a lot of carbonation. It's creamy with high drinkability. This is very easy to gulp. Overall, this is a fantastic, flavorful porter.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Tulip style glass. Bottle marking is '1283 03:13'. Maybe best buy march 2013?

A: Pitch black body, head is medium tan, small bubbles, good retention.

S: Roasty malt sweetness. Smells great, but might improve as it warms a bit.

T: For a 6% porter this has more flavor than many stouts I've had. Beautifully balanced. For this style, it's hard to imagine a better example.

M: Another homerun, thick but not overly syrupy.

D: Maintains great drinkability despite big flavors and great mouthfeel.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Tumbler glass. Enjoyed on decĀ“11. Black in color. Beige, small bubbled, froth. Creamy, lasting head with copious collars. Roasted malts & slightly chocolate to the nose. Dry bitter upfront with roasted black coffee. Toasted malts follow providing a plentiful sensation on to the palate. Full flavor, medium body. Hoppy finish & aftertaste with hues of wood.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of mooseo
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into goblet.

A - Jet black with a thin, bubbly tan head. Nice dark ruby hues around the edges when held up to the light.

S - Milk chocolate, roasted coffee bean, and molasses. A hint of dark fruit.

T - Lots of roasted malt and milk chocolate throughout. Starts out very sweet, but a mild coffee bitterness tends to balance things out. Hints of dark fruit, vanilla, and caramel lend some complexity, but are rather subtle.

M - Medium bodied, oily and slick. Mild carbonation.

O - An excellent porter. Flavorful with high drinkability. Expected a fuller mouthfeel, but it's still a very good beer. One of the best labels I've seen.

Robust malt profile

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You really can't argue with this beer if you like dark beers. It's got great head, lacing, taste, mouthfeel, etc. It's not over-the-top in any aspect which makes it that good - it doesn't have to make a statement to be a great beer. This is that beer - tres solid for its type - a black ale. Pour it in your oil chamber and enjoy!

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at BBC in Franklin, MA. It pours very dark, almost black. The head was creamy tan but small and dissipated rather quickly. There is some light lacing as well. Smell is of malt, chocolate, and maybe hops. The hops definitely come through on the taste, it's somewhat bitter with a hint of chocolate and malt. Smokey like a Porter usually is which is why I'm a Stout fan. The mouthfeel is pretty good but not the best. Drinkability: I'd take it if I had it, but I'm not sad that I don't. Definitely not bad, but at the same time it's nothing special.

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4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black. Medium/thin body. A good finger of head.

S - Chocolate. Some hops (surprising!), malts are there to balance them out. A touch of roastiness.

T - Really nice. Whoa what a great taste. First chocolate, then just the right touch of sweet. Ends with a nice roastiness, maybe a touch of smoke. Super enjoyable.

M - Great amount of carbonation. Good body. Spot on.

O - Very very well balanced beer. Perfect and fitting flavors for the style. Like it a lot.

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Old Engine Oil Black Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,740 ratings.
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