Old Engine Oil Black Ale | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

1,737 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of Sharkophile
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, appears pitch black with a big frothy tan head.

S: Smells great with some caramel and roasty notes and a light hop.

T: Nice and simple, underlying caramel sweetness with some chocolate and coffee roasty flavors and a simple but satisfying dry bittersweet finish.

M: Nice medium to full body with good carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel.

O: An impeccably balanced porter. Simple and knows what it wants to do and does it damn well.

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Photo of pastafarian
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of killianf
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into Duvel tulip

A: Pours pitch black, thick and impossible to see through. A 2 finger creamy tan head turns to a film of lace in minutes. Not much lacing left on the glass. Carbonation is light, it's quite a still beer to look at.

S: Chocolate and liquorice straight off, followed by coffee and malt smells. Very rich and luxurious to smell. Very enticing.

T: Chocolate and coffee are here too, as is the malty finish. The bottle describes the beer as bittersweet, and it's easy to see why - bitterness is found in the finish and aftertaste while the initial sup will have dark fruits and chocolate providing slight sweetness.

M: The beer is full bodied, and very lightly carbonated. This is perfect, as too much would mask the complexity of the taste. It's incredibly smooth and rich, and very complex.

Overall: This was my first porter, and I'm not even the biggest stout fan. However, Old Engine Oil is amazing. It's just so complex and creamy-smooth and luxuriously textured. Even the smell is incredible. I would highly recommend it. I see in some reviews that this is quite expensive in the US, but in my opinion it's worth a little extra for any fan of the style, or anyone interested in exploring it. Fantastic beer.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of denver10
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a decent head. Solid lacing. Rich and roasty aroma of some roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, dark fruit. Wonderful taste to this, some roastiness, some bitter chocolate and milk chocolate, a little espresso, some dark fruits.s. Medium bodied, not much carbonation. Definitely the best porter I have had to date, this beer is really really good. Just wish it was more affordable.

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of warnerry
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date, but I've had this for probably 6 months.

A - Pours very deep brown/blacvk with just over two fingers of brown head. Head has great retention and leaves lots of lacing.

S - Milk chocolate, some bitter chocolate, lots of roasted malt. A bit of dark fruit.

T - Starts off with sweet coffee and fruit, with milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate coming midway. Finish is roasted malt, somewhat bitter, and a faint sweetness. Very nice.

M - There is a viscous aspect to the mouthfeel, but overall it is medium, and alternates between silky and roasted bitter dryness.

O - Very nice English porter. A bit pricy, but I would still pick this up occasionally.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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