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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass.

A- Who turned out the lights? Dark as dark...nice! Full inch and a half of dense, rocky tan head. Not alot of light gonna penatrate this brew.

S- Some sweet fruitiness mixed in with a whole lot of coffee. Roasty grains and a smidge of dark chocolate as well. Damn this is a fine smelling brew.

T/M- So damn full, and so damn smooth. My pallate was attacked by a boat load of roasted goodness. The coffee tones are blended spot on with the fruitiness that i smelled, and balanced pretty well with a small amount of hops. Delicous. Smooth finish, good stuff.

O- One of the biggest, baddest porters i have had to date. Would absolutley love to get a crack at this on tap.


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

Poured a dark coffee like color with a good amount of head that settle rather slowly.

A - This is a dark beer. Dark like night.

S - Smelled of roasty coffee and chocolate. With hints of molasses and vanilla.

T - Tasted just like it smelled. Really thick beer though. Almost a meal on its own.

M - Very full bodied super rich.

O - Great beer. Would totally drink it again. It's definitely the kind of beer that many porter drinkers have to try.

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

An aggressive pour unleashed 2 and 1/2 fingers of a nice mocha head consisting of tiny bubbles. This sat and slowly dissipated over a dark coffee colored body. Light lacing clings to the glass, but most of it rolls down back into the body.

The aroma immediately follows through on the dark roasted malts and chocolate that the label tells of. A little dark fruit and toffee are found as I dig a little deeper.

Toffee and sweet, dark roast malt introduce the flavor on this beer. This is followed up by medium roast coffee and dark chocolate, both of which hang on to the very end, with a bit of sweetness coming up to finish it off.

Mouthfeel is definitely a medium/full body feel. I was honestly expecting it to be thicker, but the fact that it isn't does not detract from it at all. If a porter can be refreshing, this is it. Perfect for a fall day, I will have to pick more up when the breeze gets a little nippier.

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Old Engine Oil Black Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,783 ratings