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Harviestoun Old Engine Oil (4.5% Cask)

Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Porter
Alva, Central, Scotland


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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Occasional.
Originally a special for Wetherspoons beer festivals in March 2008 and 2011.

Black Ale
Creamy Coffee, Dark Cherries
This cask version of our delicious, velvety dark beer is just the job for anyone who appreciates beautifully engineered stuff that used to be made properly. So undo the top button of your pressed pits overalls, ease into the wingback and roll out a rare taste of a truly great British beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
The_Osprey (6351) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2016
Cask at The Swan, Hammersmith, last week as ’Harviestoun Old Engine Oil’, 4.5% version. Black with a red hue, no real head. Aroma is light smoke, earthy. Body is rounded, oily, low carbonation. Taste is coke, sugary, light smoke astringency, some apple peel, no real bitterness. Too sweet for me. Weird estery apple and astringent smoke. I find this a bit ponderous. Doesn’t come together that well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (10594) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2016
Cask at the haymarket. Pours black, nose liquorice, chocolate, taste is sweet, toffee, liquorice, doesn’t benefit from the drop in abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ianwelby (1091) - SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2015
Black ale with a thin brownish head. Light, malty aroma. Bitter taste of malt and coffee with a hearty, earthy aftertaste. I could have gone a bit more sweetness but it’s nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fsquirrel29 (84) - Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2015
Definitely a favorite. Daughter got it for me as a present & I would definitely get it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Buongiorgio00 (934) - - DEC 22, 2014
Una buon ibrido tra una porter e una old ale denso e quasi burrosa, con note intense di caffé, cioccolato, leggero cocco e una sfumatura amara.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
SlackerMads (2866) - DENMARK - NOV 11, 2014
Cask. Dark brown close to black with a medium sized frothy beige head. Taste is mostly sour with some light acetone and lactic flavours. Buttery mouthfeel. No thanks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (3204) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
I was delighted to see this on the bar at the Carlisle Wetherspoons as the full strength version is a favourite. Poured mahogany with a tan head. Starts a little sharp and thin, but the flavour really kicks in in the aftertaste with delicious chocolate and coffee notes that are reminiscent of the original. The lower ABV makes it very easy drinking. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerViking (4143) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2014
Cask at the Ealing JDW, near black with a lasting tan head and aromas of coffee and wine. Ashy-dry and fruity, with light cocoa and plumminess, a burnt bitterness. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17282) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2014
Cask handpull at Lord Moon of the Mall Spoons. Black beer lasting tan head. Chocolate and roast malt on the aroma. It’s good condition. Finish has roast some toast. Quite a dry beer. Quite a decent dark beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vanvenlo (1775) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2014
Vintage Cellars bottle(18-Oct-2014)Sweet choc herbal aroma.Black,solid brown head&sheet lacing.Sweet choc herbal flavour. Bitter dark chocolate herbal finish&metallic herbal choc aftertaste.

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