Old Engine Oil Black Ale | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into half pint glass

very dark brown to black in colour with a small head (1 finger-ish)

The head faded away as I drank the beer and the lacing was minimal

Smelt of roasted malts, toffee and a hint of coffee

Taste wise the roasted malts came over as did a toffee/caramel flavour - didn't get the coffee when tasting but most definately a chocolate flavour coming across. very much on the sweet side when it comes to porters!

Good mouthfeel, silky smooth and soothes your throat as it passes down!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark brown with a large creamy tan colored head on the top. Great retention let it hang around for what seemed like forever before finally being nestled down into just a thin layer across the top. The aroma was very full and sweet. Lots of chocolate roaming through it along with a touch of coffee and lots of sugar. A slight smoked presentation as well. The flavor was also very full for a porter. This almost had a stout like feel to it as it was very thick and full with a great robust profile. Lots of chocolate and coffee notes dominated it

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black body with medium tan head. Good lacing.

S- Roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, hint of coffee.

T- Almost exactly as it smells, roasted malts come through with some chocolate. Very well balanced and very delicious, almost no alcohol comes through.

M- Smooth and light with very little carbonation.

O- Very good simple classic porter.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Jet black with a thin, bubbly tan head with no retention.

S - Milk chocolate and brown sugar dominate with coffee and smoke providing the backup.

T - Coffee up front, with roasted malt, smoke and chocolate also. Lovely bittersweet balance.

M - Medium bodied and syrupy, low to medium carbonation.

O - Just a cracking porter. Have one after dinner tonight.

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Old Engine Oil Black Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 88.2% out of 100 with 1,744 ratings
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