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 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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

The name definitely fits every aspect of the appearance of this beer. Thankfully that's where the similarity ends.The nose and palate are altogether more pleasing. It's smokey with roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavours, with some leather
notes. Intense flavours with a bittersweet finish.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this in Winnipeg and I wish we had it in BC. I have had the barrel aged version but this is a true classic porter with tons of flavour, mouthfeel and complexity. The beer is thick and dark like the name but is never overbearing to the palate. This is a more like a US version of the beer with its big notes and use of hops.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Old Engine Oil Black Ale from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,776 ratings