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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3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany brown colour, almost opaque. 2-finger sized tan brown head that last 30sec.

Some light malts and a fair bit of chocolate on the nose to begin with along with some slight notes of grain and some background spiciness. Bittersweet finish.

Some malts and roasted barely flavours upfront with strong chocolate and hints of coffee. It seems very well balanced and has a little spice, roasted malts and hints of grain at the end.

A thin bodied beer although not watery and the beer still has a sort of creamy feel to it that is very smooth & highly drinkable.

Quite light on the palate and not as malty as I had been expecting, the beer is very well balanced and I could easily see me knocking back a few of this without any problems.

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

Appearance - Dark ruby, poor head retention, light carbonation

Smell - Dark berries, cherry, black currant, vanilla, spice, nutty, aged roasted coffee aroma with moderate alcohol presence

Taste - Deep fruity, chocolate, coffee, malty sweet flavour. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, cream velvet texture. Crisp and clean finish with light/medium carbonation

Drinkability - Pleasant & well balanced. Not a session beer, but could have a few pints!

Overall - Good beer, well balanced, recommend it!

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3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle at the Sugarbowl in Edmonton.

A - deep dark and black; little to no light travels through this one. Practically no head on this whatsoever.

S - huge notes of smoke and dark chocolate on the nose

T - huge roasty notes with a smoke backbone though not super concentrated. Slightly sweet it the middle with chocolate notes. Finish is primarily smoke and dark roasty malts and lingers nicely.

M - medium bodied with velvet carbonation; smooth

D - extremely drinkable; very approachable

This is a top class porter; dark and smoky and not overly concentrated.

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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Indeed, looks like old engine oil. I made a 1.5 finger head which is a kinda dark cream color, rootbeer float head. Barely any carbonation visible through the darkness.
S: Black coffee, with lots of roasted edge, but also cocoa powder like quik.
T: Mild aluminum (despite it coming from a bottle). It's pretty great. Like drinking black coffee, but not really bitter, not so sweet, with some chocolate elements. Pretty delicious.
M: Creamy, fluffy with very very mild carbonation. A unique feeling and very nice.
O: Very impressive. I don't really like porters but this is excellent.

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

A-Very dark dark in color. Frothy head, about one finger thick that dissipates quickly

S-The roasty barley is the first thing I noticed. Chocolate and coffee as well. A faint smokiness in there too.

T-Big roasty flavor followed by some chocolate and a little coffee. Hops in the background but the bitterness provides a nice counter to the rostyness.Some smoke flavor is noticeable too.

M-Smooth and creamy mouth feel. Mild carbonation that just dances on the tongue. Light to medium body

O-A very good porter. It really delivers on the roast flavor I want in a porter. Not quite as complex as American Porters but is everything you look for in a traditional example of a porter. I will definitely have this again.

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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A: BLACK pour with a dark brown head. Lets no light through when held up to light.

S: Malty and coffe/roasted cocoa nose.

T: Chocolate and coffee with lots of roasted malts and some cream. Slightly alcoholic finish with more roasted malts.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body.

O: A good english style porter. Great for drinking when you just want a porter, nothing crazy.

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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.

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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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