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:
1,737
Reviews:
812
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.49%
 
 
Wants:
165
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233
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Photo of Jlang2012
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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 taigor
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of dherling
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big bubbly off white hea sits on a sludge like near black beer. The nose gives off some strong espresso, along with malt, and a nice chocolate roundness. The palate delivers a chocolate like bitterness, a little leather, burning wood. It has a decent moutfeel and a finish that lingers. A pretty straightforward beer, not terrible complex.

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Photo of giblet
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is a very good ale. i had it years ago but forgot what it was like. i get a kick out of the name. pours rich and smooth. good creamy head. rich roasted malts tingle the nostrils. nice rich malty flava. chewy. this beer is damn good. i could not rate it a 4.5 on drinkability cuz if i cant drink 16 - 24 oz of a beer in a sitting i cant rate it near perfection. other than that it is.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

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

I loved the Whiskey Barrel aged bottle I traded for, but this was nice too. A nice English Old ale that isn't that old but I could really see this progessing well with some oxidation adding flavors to an already flavor packed beer. I think I picked up a little maple syrup for a minute. I will have to get some to lay down for a few and see where they go. Nice stuff try a bottle, but not too cold.

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Photo of Bobhoya
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Noxious26
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a pint glass.

Chocolate brown head is 1/4 inch on the pour but recedes to a thin ring with islands of foam. Absolutely pitch black with dark brown highlights when you hold it to the light.

Rather boozy and vinous aroma with a baclground of dried figs and prunes with hints of burnt and dark malts.

Dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, with a boozy, almost port like finish. Aftertaste is boozy with an astringent burnt character.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Mild carbonation.

Overall a good beer and nice example of the style.

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Photo of LennyBound
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lpayette
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is an interesting one for sure. I thought this was a stout of sorts, but BA designates this as an old ale, which upon taste makes a lot of sense. A black old ale... different

Pours near black with hints of brown. Very little carbonation struggles to produce any head which means lacing is out of the question. I smell a bit of funk and vinegar in the smell and I'm fairly confident that the integrity of this brew has not been compromised. It's got a tiny tart bite at the finish (think cherries). It seems this is just a biproduct of what I can only assume is a unique strain of yeast or combination of yeasts. Not really sure if it's for me, but it is definitely interesting. Roasty and chocolatey, though perhaps not as thick and viscous as you'd expect from the name. Seems that black patent was used in abundance if I had to guess. The moouthfeel is actually quite light for the style and very slick. Quite a bit more drinkable than I expected due to the low alcohol.

Overall fairly complex and it tends to grow on you a bit as it warms. Still, I'm not crazy about this one, but I can see how so many are.

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Photo of BWED
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Black with a thick brown head. Great retention and it holds some nice lacing.

S- Dark roasted malts. Slight cocoa. Off-putting metallic aroma, however.

T- Subtle roast flavor, but really not much more.

M- Viscous, just like oil. A bit of a roasty-bitter finish, which lingers.

O- This was decent, but I was expecting more flavor out of it. The look and feel live up to the name, however.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours with very little head over the dark brownish red liquid. What little head does show does not last long or leave much lacing. Pretty average looking beer.

Smell: Light roasted aroma with a touch of caramel and fruits. Not much volume to the smell.

Taste: Moderately interesting coffee toast to it with some toffee and faint floral hop flavor. No bitterness to speak of with mostly a sweet malty base flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: There's not much to say about this beer. It's average and even boring for the style. Perhaps it took a hit on the journey across the ocean. I don't know. But I won't be having another one of these. It lacks any sort of complexity or depth.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near-black, still black when I hold it up to the light, but maybe some dark ruby around the edges, a blackhole of a beer. Beautiful, think, creamy looking head, looks like cappucino froth or flavoured coffee.

Mmmm, I might make this into a cologne. Chocolate is front and centre, lovely semi-sweet chocolate, absolutely fabulous. Doesn't hold back the fruity, in this case vinous, british malt though.

Not at all what I was expecting. Looking at it and reading the label, I was thinking this would be akin to a stout. No sir. Sure there is some roastiness and the stout associated flavours, but this is a different animal. Chocolate aroma doesn't disapoint, lovely sweetness combines with a vanilla pipe-tobacco character. Malt comes in the backdoor and leaves a vinous character on the tongue. Trace English hops leave a (very) subtle bitterness, very nice and appropriate.

This is one creamy beer. Smooth. Perfect carbonation (or lack thereof). Not much more to say.

I will immediately go pick up an armful of this stuff. Absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rusty3335
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of DrunkyBuddha
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of seakayak
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of rootbeerman
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into my allagash tulip

A: pours with the color of engine oil, with a finger thick brown to light brown head.
S: dark roasted malt and coffee with a light caramel hint. a slight floral hop.
T: reminds me more of a stout in flavor, coffee, dark malt.
M: because taste is so stout like mouthfeel being so light throws me off, and not as coating.
D: due to mouthfeel and great taste its a great drinker.

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Photo of skriv
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of adjunctlager
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Oleg85
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Casey10
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a beer I had on tap at the lions pride in Brunswick, Me.

Had on tap the glass was nice and dark slight head, smell was almost burnt ends with a strong taste of dark roasted coffee. The feel really lasted with the burnt feeling of coffee and chocolate. Finally the drinkabilty is good as this would be something I would drink again.

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

Old Engine Oil Black Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,737 ratings.
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