Old Engine Oil Black Ale | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

1,735 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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of keithmurray
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark Dark Brown, nearly black color with fluffy tan head

Smell - Dark chocolate, roasted malts

taste - much of what the smell promised, semi sweet dark chocolate, roasted malt

mouthfeel - mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, light carbonation, slight bitterness upfront and in the finish, sweet, but not overwhelmingly so

overall - this is a really nice English porter, price will probably limit me to have this only on an occasional basis, but if you enjoy porters, try this.

Price Point - $4.59/single bottle

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Photo of tsauce2
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter.

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Semi-opaque. Head is light tan, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Dark roast malt, sweet chocolate notes. Light hop additions.

T: Dark roast malt, semi-sweet chocolate, light hops, followed by a touch of dark roast bittered chocolate malt. Aftertaste is a little creamy, sweet, malty, and finishes with bittered chocolate malt.

M: Medium body. Roasted malt and carbonation lend a creamy feel, with sweet chocolate and then bittered chocolate giving a nice contrast. Not very viscous. Semi-wet finish.

O: A nice ale. Good overall flavor, but I am not super impressed with this beer either. My favorite part about this beer is how the elements of sweet and bittered chocolate come together. At the price I paid for this beer, I will probably not buy it again, but I would not turn this beer down if offered.

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Photo of foureyedgeek
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jjkatter
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a goblet...

A- indeed appears dark as overused engine oil. Beautiful dark color with a wispy head that dissipates quickly into a thin lace

S- smokey caramel with coffee and chocolate and a hint of cinnamon.

T- lots of smoke and toasted caramel. I also get some dark bitter chocolate

MF- nice mouth feel. Nicely balanced with plenty of body

O- a very good example of a porter. Those who like that sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.

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Photo of MeisterSmudge
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of MadeInOregon
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

THE LOOK of Harviestoun's Old Engine Oil is very much appropriate given the label's description when it calls it a "black ale", however it is quite average in every other respect with nothing raising even an eyebrow. The body is solid black and is topped with a very thin, khaki head.

THE SMELL is of dried chocolate (i.e. cocoa powdery). It is quite sweet and rich smelling, but extremely average.

THE TASTE is mainly of sweet, but bittersweet, chocolate. There is a mild, medium hoppyness and dry, bitter finish. There is also some coffee in the flavor profile. This is a solid, accurate representation of a porter but there's certainly nothing impressive, intense or anything else going on.

THE FEEL is basically an American porter or maybe a medium-thin stout. The label sounds like this will be impressive or overly strong, thick, etc., but this is a quite tame and straightforward porter.

CONCLUSION: The label is smoke and mirrors; this is a tame, straightforward porter. Everything about this is entirely normal and civilized. Change the label and I'd give it higher ratings. It's a good drink, but why pay a premium for basic porter from Europe when you can support a local, craft brewery making the same thing? Lots to chose from domestically. Pass on this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of MONARK1981
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of ohtheguilt
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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1/5  rDev -75.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – A fairly black color overall, with a nice dark red accent on the edge. A creamy head that retains a ring around the very edge of the glass. Good lacing.

Smell – Chocolate, roasted malt, maple, and molasses. Very nice.

Taste – Taste is similar to the smell; chocolate with a subtle sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Smooth, velvety feel. Lightly carbonated. Feels nice!

Drinkability – Very drinkable. This went down easy. I think this is an underrated porter.

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Old Engine Oil Black Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,735 ratings.
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