Old Engine Oil Black Ale | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Old Engine Oil Black AleOld Engine Oil Black Ale
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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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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of Wordslinger
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of acevenom
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of tbeer40
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Photo of DCgolfpro
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Tumbler glass. Enjoyed on dec´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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Photo of jk3
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of sennin
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mrsimm
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of ucsbmullet
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of MisledTitan
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Niklas
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mooseo
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Kenai4
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of hopley
4.76/5  rDev +15%
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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Photo of vbiliyar
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of JMBSH
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ExtraStout
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of dlello2
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of let8it8grow
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Pours pretty much pitch black with a full 2 fingers or so of tan head. Nose of bittersweet chocolate and burnt toast. Hints of coffee and an iron/metal note.

Dark and milk chocolate in the taste. Roasty. Slight asphalt. Finishes dry with a moderate, farily long bitterness. A very slight warmth in the finish from the 6% ABV. Straightforward and elegant, classic porter flavors. Smooth and a little slick in the mouth - easy to drink for sure but a bit more of the promised viscosity would be nice. Still, lovely. The store I bought this from has tons of UK beers on it's shelves that I am not especially interested in, but I'll always have time for this. Wonderful match with a salad of seared scallops, blue cheese, endive and hazelnuts, perhaps surprisingly. I'm likely to have another with dessert.

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Photo of jmbraxton
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Old Engine Oil Black Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,763 ratings
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