Old Engine Oil Black Ale | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

Old Engine Oil Black AleOld Engine Oil Black Ale
BA SCORE
88.2%
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4.14 w/ 1,745 ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,566
Reviews:
813
Ratings:
1,745
Liked:
1,539
Avg:
4.14/5
pDev:
10.39%
Alströms:
4.55
 
 
Wants:
167
Gots:
237
Trade:
2
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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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Photo of crobinso
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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Photo of DruC4
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of CarolinaKev
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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Photo of Zakk
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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Photo of Mdog
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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Photo of flagmantho
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep brown, very nearly entirely black. Lets no light through its thick body. Head is two fingers of frothy tan foam leaving a nice lace on the glass. Very nice indeed.

Smell: rich aroma of raw malt with some hints of chocolate thrown in. It's a very smooth effect; one of the maltiest beers (nevermind porters) that I've encountered.

Taste: rich malty flavor reminiscent of a Scottish ale, but with a good, chocolatey porter sensibility about it. Hops are earthy in character and provide a very nice and balanced bitterness toward the end. A wonderful beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice silkiness and a low level of carbonation. Not exactly creamy, but very smooth indeed.

Overall: a very good beer. I feel like it could be made truly great with a little bit creamier mouthfeel.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle brought up to room temp. Had this one in a glass.

Poured this one close to room temp, The liquid looks brown coming out the bottle but finishes black in the glass. A nice two fingaz of dark shaded tan foam that clung to the glass on the way down. Smell is what you would expect, roast on top of some chocolate and malt scent. Some coffee in the back as well. Going in, this beer is some smooth stuff. It tastes delicious with a nice medley of the above mentioned scents going into the taste. The true gem of this beer though is the body. It is so silky smooth and goes down easy as pie. I have never drank a stout this quick but it was all to easy. No intrusion by nothing. The feel alone boosts up the drinkability and taste of this beer. The carb is there but does not make a dent through the body. Reminds me of a lighter chocolate milk. I could drink this till the cows came home, and Im not a stout guy.

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Old Engine Oil Black Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 88.2% out of 100 with 1,745 ratings
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