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Old Engine Oil Black Ale | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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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:
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

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Photo of Dazka
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of rypkr
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thin coca cola looking pour with light light mocha colored large bubbly head

Smells delicious. Like a cross between guiness and a malty German dopplebock. Tons of malty barley, very oaky, sweet vanilla, toffee and cream.

Tastes incredible. I did not expect it to have this much flavor given the thin poured. It's like a guiness on steroids. It's so malty with lightly roasted but potent characteric. Very low bitterness. Slightly earthy.

Feel is ridiculously large for 6%. What a body for a medium beer. Awesomely creamy to boot.

Overall - great.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very very dark brown with some dark reds at the edges. Very opaque. The head is small and leaves behind a resilient head.

Flavors are rich and very malty chocolate and creamy. Hops are present and a nice buttering agent.

Really really good.

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Photo of RMW66
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akopczyk
4.94/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SGR1220
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft offering served in a snifter appears black in color with a khaki head that fades leaving spotty lace.

The aroma is earthy with char and an overall heavily roasted accent.

The taste is bitter and roasty with espresso, char and a citrus bitter hoppiness as well.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Overall a solid brew.

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Photo of Treefig33
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of soundaurora
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ferretferret
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased from the bottle at Brasserie V in Madison. Gorgeous brew. Poured as the blackest of ales; a bit thin on the mouthfeel, but, that's not too unexpected for the ABV. Chocolate, roasted malt, and perhaps honey notes (very subtle; not actually honey, I'm sure) make this much more sessionable than I had anticipated.

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

Photo of Dankacheese
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VoxRationis
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Decanted in a conical pint from an 11.2 oz can. Pours black with a limited tan head. Nose: dark roasted malts with a whiff of cafe au last; palate: again rich dark malts pleasantly bittered with chocolate and coffee notes. Medium bodied with good retention of effervescence. Sorry to see this is no longer produced and happy to have gotten a taste.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

CAN you believe it?!? I have NEVER before reviewed Old Engine Oil & now, I have the opportunity to do so from a CAN! It is a brief detour onto The CANQuest (tm) from the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, but it fits with my current immersion in Porters over the last couple of days.

From the CAN: "Beer Engine-Uity"; "Black Ale"; "Viscous * Chocolatey * Roasty"; "Crafted with a Twist Since 1983"; "[World Beer Cup] Best Porter 2010"; "Our classic car obsessed Master Brewer always has a [CAN] of motor oil handy for essential lubrication of his beloved autos, which is how he came up with Old Engine Oil, its thick, dark chocolate viscosity revealing the inspiration behind the name,; Using loads of deep-roasted malt creates its rich black color and adding plenty of oats gives it a wonderful, velvety mouthfeel.; A [CAN] of this is just the job for anyone who appreciate beautifully engineered stuff that used to be made properly. So undo the top button of your pit overalls, ease into the wingback and roll out a rare taste of truly great British beer.; Welcome to the Owners' Club."

I was really anticipating the Crack! of a CAN for the first time in quite a while & once acCANplished, an inverted Glug seemed to be in order. This produced a finger of foamy, rocky, light-tan head that quickly reduced to wisps. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose smelled of roasty malts, dark chocolate & light smoke. Mmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, light for the style & especially in light of its name. Taste was mostly dark chocolate, but black coffee, smoke & raisins also managed to work their way into the woof and warp of this beer. Finish was dry, smoky, chocolaty & very tasty. I CANnot thank Harviestoun enough for deigning to put such an iconic beer into CANs!

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Photo of fscottkey
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.75] The can lists the ABV (6.0%) but there is no date code. The tulip is half beer and half head. The beer is dark brown to black. The head is dense and the same color as a Wendy's frosty. Looks pretty good in a glass.

S: [3.75] Dark fruits, figs, raisins, mild milk chocolate, toasted oats.

T: [3.75] Dark fruit, roasted marshmallows (charred but sweet) again mild milk chocolate.

M: [4.00] The beer is creamy and nice. I am not sure it is as thick as they think it is. The carbonation and creaminess lead to a nice overall mouthfeel.

O: [3.75] The is a pretty good stout. All around good flavor and aroma. At 6% it is near sessionable. I'd get this again

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

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle, M and S, Bristol - Pours jet black with a medium tanned head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - roasted malts, light dark chocolate, oaty - porridge. Taste - Sweet, smooth, roasted malty notes, dark chocolate, crips bitter finish. Solid well balanced porter that ticks all the boxes.

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Photo of 88caprice
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look: very dark, black, slight ruby hues, tan head, lacing.
Smell: roasty, sweet, charred, coffee, woody.
Taste: BIG and roasty, charred, burnt marshmallow,
Feel: smooth, full bodied, moderately carbonated.

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Photo of dcotom
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brolo75
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours black with a creamy, full, tan colored head, lots of lacing, low carbonation, minimal head retention.

A: Chocolate, roasted nuts, coffee, picking up sweet cream, may lactose, smells nice.

T: Chocolate, coffee, nuttiness, moderate amount of coffee like bitterness, touch of sweetness, finish has more roasted notes, toffee, roasted nuttiness and chocolate, coffee lingering in the aftertaste, very balance and easy to drink.

M: Smooth and creamy, low carbonation, dry coffee like finish.

O: This is really good, lots of flavors, chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts, amazing mouthfeel, a beer I would regular reach for during colder weather.

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Old Engine Oil Black Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,757 ratings
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