Old Engine Oil Black Ale | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

Old Engine Oil Black AleOld Engine Oil Black Ale
1,747 Ratings
Old Engine Oil Black AleOld Engine Oil Black Ale

Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom

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

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Rutager
3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown with a finger of frothy tan head.

Smell. Some sweet, dark roasted malts, grassy hops, and a slight metalic smell.

Taste. Sweet dark roasted malts again, slight fruity taste along with just a touch of acidity, a bit of chocolate and some bitter hops that linger.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. I wasn't a big fan of this one. Some bitter flavours, especially in the finish that I did not enjoy.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slight tan head over black liquid.

S: Yeast, roasted malt and coffee.

T: Roasted malt, pine hops, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, hazelnut and a semi-sweet finish. Quite nice.

M: Thick viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: An easy drinker that could use a better smell and mouth feel.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

The name definitely fits every aspect of the appearance of this beer. Thankfully that's where the similarity ends.The nose and palate are altogether more pleasing. It's smokey with roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavours, with some leather
notes. Intense flavours with a bittersweet finish.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this in Winnipeg and I wish we had it in BC. I have had the barrel aged version but this is a true classic porter with tons of flavour, mouthfeel and complexity. The beer is thick and dark like the name but is never overbearing to the palate. This is a more like a US version of the beer with its big notes and use of hops.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of shigg85
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle of this from Tanakaya in Mejiro, Tokyo. Poured into a Baird pint glass. A viscous black porter with a bit of a chocolate head at first that subsides to a watery dribbling down the glass later, leaving no tracing inside. The taste can either be described as subdued and refined or as a bit lacking in excitement, depending on what you're going for. The smell is wonderfully reminiscent of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate, and the aftertaste works to keep those flavors on your palate. The smell is also a bit alcoholic, and I enjoy that especially coming off of only 6%. This is my first Harviestoun, and I have to say I like it. I will be checking out their other brews as I come across them.

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3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, ok head.

Smell: Sweet roast, molasses, hint of smoke.

Taste: Roasted malt, touch of coffee. Mild sweetness but moves into a lot of roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, not too heavy.

A great name for a beer, but I have to say I prefer Fuller's porter over this one. A little more bitterness and not as thick of a feel as the name would have you believe.

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Old Engine Oil Black Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,747 ratings
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