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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3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into snifter (I was afraid the pint glass may have gotten contaminated by the Ghost Face Killah).

A: Dark dark brown, opaque. Essentially no visible carbonation, and a thin tan head.

S: Chocolate, toffee, a bit of coffee, and a little sweet.

T: Roasted coffee, dark dark chocolate, dark malt, rum raisin. A little syrupy, and maybe some hop bitterness at the end (or is it bitterness from roasted malt?).

M: Thinner mouthfeel than expected for a dark beer, and not a lot of carbonation. A bit of a dry finish, especially noticeable for what was overall a sweeter beer. Mild alcohol presence.

O: This is OK, but didn't quite impress me as much as I had expected. I would drink another if it was offered. I suspect that a nitro tap would improve this significantly.

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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours black with slight tan head. Smells of roasted coffe malts and slight hops. Taste is of roasted coffee malts. Slightly hoppy or bitter but nice. Its thin, but nice flavors. All around, great brew, but could be a bit thicker for a porter...this was more like a black ale.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The definition of a true english porter. Ink black, solid caramel head. The snow has certainly earthy and coffee aroma. The taste is a solid chocolate and nutty flavor. It has a nice long true finish that makes you enjoy this all the more. Easily one of the best of its style.

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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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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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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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Old Engine Oil Black Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,786 ratings