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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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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle of this from Tanakaya in Mejiro, Tokyo. Poured into a Baird pint glass. A viscous black porter with a bit of a chocolate head at first that subsides to a watery dribbling down the glass later, leaving no tracing inside. The taste can either be described as subdued and refined or as a bit lacking in excitement, depending on what you're going for. The smell is wonderfully reminiscent of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate, and the aftertaste works to keep those flavors on your palate. The smell is also a bit alcoholic, and I enjoy that especially coming off of only 6%. This is my first Harviestoun, and I have to say I like it. I will be checking out their other brews as I come across them.

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3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, ok head.

Smell: Sweet roast, molasses, hint of smoke.

Taste: Roasted malt, touch of coffee. Mild sweetness but moves into a lot of roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, not too heavy.

A great name for a beer, but I have to say I prefer Fuller's porter over this one. A little more bitterness and not as thick of a feel as the name would have you believe.

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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep brown, very nearly entirely black. Lets no light through its thick body. Head is two fingers of frothy tan foam leaving a nice lace on the glass. Very nice indeed.

Smell: rich aroma of raw malt with some hints of chocolate thrown in. It's a very smooth effect; one of the maltiest beers (nevermind porters) that I've encountered.

Taste: rich malty flavor reminiscent of a Scottish ale, but with a good, chocolatey porter sensibility about it. Hops are earthy in character and provide a very nice and balanced bitterness toward the end. A wonderful beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice silkiness and a low level of carbonation. Not exactly creamy, but very smooth indeed.

Overall: a very good beer. I feel like it could be made truly great with a little bit creamier mouthfeel.

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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle brought up to room temp. Had this one in a glass.

Poured this one close to room temp, The liquid looks brown coming out the bottle but finishes black in the glass. A nice two fingaz of dark shaded tan foam that clung to the glass on the way down. Smell is what you would expect, roast on top of some chocolate and malt scent. Some coffee in the back as well. Going in, this beer is some smooth stuff. It tastes delicious with a nice medley of the above mentioned scents going into the taste. The true gem of this beer though is the body. It is so silky smooth and goes down easy as pie. I have never drank a stout this quick but it was all to easy. No intrusion by nothing. The feel alone boosts up the drinkability and taste of this beer. The carb is there but does not make a dent through the body. Reminds me of a lighter chocolate milk. I could drink this till the cows came home, and Im not a stout guy.

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

A: Pouring this it looked thicker than other porters. The creamy brown head bubbled up quite well and bubbles down to a thin layer over the top of the beer. Otherwise the color is very dark brown almost black.
S: Hints of cream, smoke, chocolate, some subtle sweet notes as well. Very smooth smelling.
T: Again really great here. First creamy with a little sweetness, then some chocolate and roasty notes. Not overly bitter like other beers that claim to taste like chocolate. Here it seems a little more subtle combined with other malty flavors. Finishes smooth.
M: Sits perfect. Thick with the perfect carbonation. Bubbles are very pleasing in the mouth.

This is a great beer no doubt. With a good blend of complimenting flavors and a perfect mouthfeel it is perfectly drinkable. Creamy roasty it almost reminds me of a stout but not quite as heavy on the mouthfeel. A must try.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Old Engine Oil from a cask poured out the same jet black color but of course with a severely impaired head (as did all of the cask offerings) and only minimal lacing. The main aroma/taste difference this brew had in cask format is a much heavier emphasis on stone fruits over the roasted malts. It was like cherries and prunes in a cup of mocha coffee on the nose! The flavor had some lighter emphasis on the stone fruits than the nose did, but it was still noticeably present on the palate. Transitions from semi-sweet to dry throughout each sip. Body is still on the thicker side of medium heft yet carbonated enough to avoid syrupy-ness.

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4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a large, creamy tan head that dissipates slowly. The head retains very well. No light can be seen passing through this beer. There are smells of dark roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. It smells a little sweet. The aroma is very inviting. The taste is just like it smells. There are flavors of dark roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. There's a mild sweetness from the malt to accompany the bitter hops. This is wonderfully balanced and delicious. The body is medium with not a lot of carbonation. It's creamy with high drinkability. This is very easy to gulp. Overall, this is a fantastic, flavorful porter.

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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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