Old Engine Oil Black Ale | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Old Engine Oil Black AleOld Engine Oil Black Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom
harviestoun.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,772
Reviews:
830
Ratings:
1,790
pDev:
10.14%
Bros Score:
4.55
 
 
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Photo of moodenba
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask version of the Scottish Harviestoun 6% Old Engine Oil "Porter" found in the Rocky Point, NY, BBDs, with a Sports Bar vibe, on a chilly February, 2018, night. The porter was served slightly cool, with a head encouraged, I believe, by a "sparkler".

This beer is excellent overall. The overall impression is a balanced Porter that goes down easily. My only quibble might be a slight bite due to the 6% alcohol level. I notice that in Britain, the cask is 4.5%.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobv
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. can.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a huge tan head over a black body with fantastic lacing that sticks around forever. Wonderful nose of roasted malt and some chocolate. Taste of bitter chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. Nice feel and overall a great English Porter, and probably the best I've ever had.

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Photo of rangerred
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into becher glass. Opaque black, lovely mocha colored head.

Nose is creamy roast with a surprise hop underlay. Taste follows, with chocolate, licorice, and light vanilla. Full mputh, some tingle.

A very good porter. Puts its flavor combo to good use.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of baklo
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Patinthebronx
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vabeerguy
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warrenc
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dense black, thin head (bottle did travel overseas..) wonderful aroma of licorice/coffee. Taste is rich malt ,coffee and chocolate. Nice mouth feel, slight thickness creamy. Makes me think of a light stout. Very good. Shame i can't find on draft and have to settle for an expensive bottle.

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Photo of Mrkwlsn
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bruno74200
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice English porter. A perfect exemple for the style. Roasted notes are not followed by a strong acidity, but balanced by the use of oat. Chocolate, coffee, dark berries and prunes are present. Really good balance. Nice

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Photo of derdtheterd
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisCage
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This Black Ale pours like...well....old engine oil!!! It this super dark brown/ashy black in color and had a fine dense tan/coffee colored head with excellent retention, settling into a fine yet thick film over the brew! Obviously the carbonation is much too hard to see but lacing is modest with the foam patches clinging to the side of the glass in a very modest fashion!

S- Definitely this smells of black and chocolate dry malts, dark cocoa content chocolate, black coffee, muted vanilla, burnt brown sugars and/or molasses, Earthy oat grain, and a lingering yet mild hopped finish.

T- The flavors are very nice and proper for this porter style, also, they follow along the aromas too! Heavier black coffee, dark chocolate, Earthy/rooty notes that remind me somewhat of licorice, charred wood, burnt black and dark chocolate malts, heavily cooked brown sugar, blackstrap molasses dryness and the finish is reasonably hop bittered. Quite nice!

M/O- This is probably a little on the light side for the style but overall the flavors are right where Id like them to be and are reasonably bold....another plus! Drinkability is high, as I wouldn't mind a couple of these in a sitting and the alcohol is well hidden. I recommend this and think this is a decent brewery from what I've had so far!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

$ 13.12 (Including tax)/four pack of 11.2 oz cans ($ 0.293/oz) at Spec’s DeZavala Road, San Antonio, TX.
Undated can from shelf, stored at 41 degrees in house reefer, served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried shaker.
Aroma – Faint malt, a little cocoa.
Head – Enormous (Maximum 10.5 cm, basically the entire shaker, aggressive pour), tan, low density froth with many rocks, average retention for the first half of the head retraction then slow, diminishing to a ragged wide ring and a complete layer. Head retraction leaves broken lacing.
Lacing – Excellent! Wide, nearly complete rings of tiny to small bubbles.
Body – Very dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – Light taste of roasted malt, very slightly bitter, with some hints of cocoa. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression: An excellent English porter with the roast malt of a robust porter and the low hoppiness of a brown porter. This is one that can be easily and rapidly consumed!
Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.5.

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Photo of Premo88
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. can poured into "stout glass" (vertical tulip)

L: classic black-and-beige look, the liquid is clear dark brown pouring out of the can but looks black in the glass; it's topped by a thick beige head of foam about 3/4-inch tall and super sticky; keeps a thick collar and a lot of skin

S: dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar ... sweet but with a slightly toasted wood note to offer some balance; port; maple icing covered donut

T: dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, toasted wood ... a showcase of roasted-malt flavors that blend well, more sweet than roasted or dark but with a nice woody finish and aftertaste that gives it some balancing earthiness

S: solid middleweight with ale softness up front followed by a light crisp bite at the end of each swallow; overall it's a bit soft after a pretty hard pour, but that softness works fine for the style

O: fantastic in every way; I'll be drinking a ton of this in the future, super easy to handle with loads and loads of dark-malt flavor

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Photo of drmeto
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a small to medium,foamy,beige head
S:
-coffee,chocolate,nutty,molasses,vanilla,oats,herbal
T:
-very sweet sugar upfront,plums,raisins,oats,coffee,cola,bitter finish
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Very similar to a Sweet Stout.
I usually don't like Sweet Stouts, but this has enough bitterniss to balance out the high sweetness.

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Photo of dandy14
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of _nickg_
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dertyd
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of hypnotoad1
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Old Engine Oil Black Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,790 ratings