Old Engine Oil Black Ale | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

Old Engine Oil Black AleOld Engine Oil Black Ale
BA SCORE
88.2%
Liked This Beer
4.14 w/ 1,744 ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,566
Reviews:
813
Ratings:
1,744
Liked:
1,539
Avg:
4.14/5
pDev:
10.39%
Alströms:
4.55
 
 
Wants:
167
Gots:
236
Trade:
2
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Barbie
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep dark mahogany on the pour with a rich medium lasting brown head. Good lacing and head retention. Aroma of dark roasted malt, cacao beans, some espresso. Taste has a good roasted chocolate flavor, with nice espresso notes with sweet roasted malts. A slightly creamy texture on the palate with good carbonation. Finish is a combination of sweet roasted dark caramel malts, some good flavorful chocolate notes, espresso, some dark chocolate bitterness. The ending has a lingering sweet bitter cacao espresso flavor. Overall a very good, tasty, delicious brew. I would drink this again, Very nice indeed.

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Photo of Polasiuss
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of sanitarium16
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of taigor
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of cambabeer
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Seriously, this beer doesn't disappoint. Color is a dark black until held to the light where the ruby comes out. Smell is rich and deep with chocolate and coffee hints and toasty. The taste follows the smell well, with the addition of some fruitiness and even a little citrusy. Malt bitterness is there, but not overpowering, nor is the sweetness. Creamy and smooth. This beer is great, worth buying and then buying again.

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Photo of bashiba
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice heavy dark black with a thin yet long lasting tan head.

The smell is musty with a strange soy sauce and fishy smell With a touch of char.

The flavor has a nice smokey and peaty flavor with under lying sweetness that quickly turns into a long list gearing clean earthy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a fair amount of residual hop oils.

S solid simple Porter.

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Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and velvetty and has a deep ruby brown color. Though the foamy head is small it is present through out with spotty lacing around the inside face of my glass.
Aroma is super rich and malty with hints of chocolate.
Roasted malts dominate in the taste. Taste is smooth and lusious with hints of molasses, coffee and chocolate. Hops are light and help tame the malts a little bit with there minty anise taste.
Overall I pretty fantastic beer with depth of flavor and pleasing to gaze upon.

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Photo of MrTinnedPEach
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Dapperticus
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of JustinWhipple
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown (almost black) in color with some hints of deep amber when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall creamy dark beige head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts along with freshly roasted coffee. There is also a very light presence of alcohol in the finish of the nose.

T: Flavors of dark roasted malts and burnt malts along with some notes of bittersweet chocolate and some freshly brewed coffee. There is a good complexity and depth to the flavor.

M: On the fuller side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I found this beer to be very enjoyable and very easy to drink - probably a little too strong to be sessionable but certainly one you might like to have another of... Interesting because it seems to straddle stout and porter from a style perspective.

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Photo of HermanGropius
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of mdeenyc
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of TheBeermin
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Loogs
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of IronLover
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in color. Poured with a short beige foam that quickly reduced to a spotty cap that left random trails of sticky lacings on the glass. Mellow dark chocolate aromas hit first with earthy roasted malt beneath and hints of sweet dark fruit. Oily, thick feel with rich, tight carbonation. Sweet dark chocolate flavor up front with dark roasted malt in tow. Bitter hoppiness in the middle that ushers in charred malt, dark fruit and dark roasted coffee flavors to the end. Finishes semi-dry with lingering burnt malt and hop bitterness.

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Photo of mick303
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A vertical tasting from harviestoun, from notes.
A - A nice tan lacing on this, really good on a fully black body. 4.25
S - coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, sweet roasty malt. 4.25
T - dry cocoa, creamy sweetness, coffee tannins, dry roastiness. Amazing flavour and complexity. 4.5
M - bitter finish, very dry, viscous. 4
O - mild creaminess, great balance, a bit of olive wood, gentle porter and very smooth. Definitely one worth trying, well executed. 4.25

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of spamages
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of wilfonzo
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Rutager
3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown with a finger of frothy tan head.

Smell. Some sweet, dark roasted malts, grassy hops, and a slight metalic smell.

Taste. Sweet dark roasted malts again, slight fruity taste along with just a touch of acidity, a bit of chocolate and some bitter hops that linger.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. I wasn't a big fan of this one. Some bitter flavours, especially in the finish that I did not enjoy.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slight tan head over black liquid.

S: Yeast, roasted malt and coffee.

T: Roasted malt, pine hops, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, hazelnut and a semi-sweet finish. Quite nice.

M: Thick viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: An easy drinker that could use a better smell and mouth feel.

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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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