Harviestoun Old Engine Oil (Bottle)

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Brewed by Harviestoun Brewery
Style: Porter
Alva, Stirlingshire, Scotland

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RATINGS: 1848   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Bottle: Filtered. Black Ale Ingredients: Pale malt; Roasted barley; Oats; Washington Galena, Worcester Fuggles and Kent Goldings hops. A superb, rich, full-bodied beer derived from a 1970s homebrewing recipe. Wickedly smooth chocolate dominates the flavour, which is nicely balanced by the bitterness of the hops.

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kevinsenn (2889) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2020
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2020 Can from LCBO. Roasty leathery aroma. Taste of leather, coffee, chocolate. Silky smooth. Great.

4.2
robinshute123 (255) - Torquay, Devon, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2020
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2020 Dark black like the name suggests. Smells of coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is roasted/smoked barley, dark fruits and slight coffee and dark chocolate notes. Nice little beer :)

3.9
tape7 (219) - FINLAND - NOV 7, 2020
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2020 How: bottle. BB: 28 07 22 Head: one finger, dense, tan. Colour: black. Aroma: caramel, chocolate, herbal, slight campfire, slight dark fruits. Taste: medium to full body, soft carbonation, a bit oily, taste follows aroma. Herbal bitterness. Chocolate& coffee in long quite bitter aftertaste.

3.7
SilkTork (6846) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2020
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2020 Oct 2020. Small bottle, filtered, from Beer52. A rare good beer from Beer52, sold in one of their bargain boxes. Good thick dark beer with lashing of dark malt flavours, treacle and licorice, along with smokey dark hops, a little harsh. I'd prefer a few less hops, allow just the roast to carry the bitterness. But there you go. Still a damn fine beer. [3.7] June 2018. 6%. 330ml dark bottle, filtered, from BeerWulf for £1.59. My gosh this is a deep and satisfying sipping beer. [4.2] April, 2011 Tesco Traditional Porter. Mmm what a classic beer this Engine Oil is. Smooth and easy drinking, yet with enough flavours to keep the interest. [3.8] Feb, 2008 330ml filtered bottle from Gretna Green. The brewery are careful not to ascribe a style to this beer - they call it a 'dark beer' and a 'black, viscous beer', but not a stout or an old ale - neither of which it is, but either of which would be a useful guideline. There is lots of body - probably from the use of oats - and 'oil' is an appropriate name. The carbonation is very light - just enough to give some life - and doesn’t detract from the impression that you’re drinking pure engine oil. The flavours are full, soft and firm rather than aggressive. There’s a twiggy bitterness with notes of chocolate, charcoal, tobacco and bread dough. A satisfying and enjoyable brew. [3.8] Sept, 2002 I loved this. My type of beer - full of interesting twists and turns and a wonderful balance between hops and malt. I also enjoyed the fact that it seems impossible to place into a simple box - is it a stout, an old ale, a mild or a brown ale? Mmmmm. Chocolate, roasted barley, coffee, apples, etc, etc. A lovely beer! [3.2]

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LagerGuide122 (562) - - OCT 15, 2020
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2020 330ml can brewed in Scotland at 6%. Jet-black with a generous tan head, decent duration. Strong coffee/cocoa powder aroma, somewhat smoky, with some hedgerow hops in there. Low carbonation. Thick and almost granular texture. Smoky, roasty porter, with some oat character thickening things up. Nice rustic hops for the experienced palate to pick up in the dry finish too. Canned version perhaps a little different from the bottled one I remember - could be my mind playing tricks - but regardless, a nice rich fairly complex porter (almost a stout, hence the noncommittal 'Black Ale' nomenclature) that isn't overly sweet.

3.6
QuentinM (791) - Évron, FRANCE - SEP 20, 2020
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2020 Bouteille de 33 CL achetée sur Saveur Bière. Robe noire opaque sans mousse. Arômes de malts torréfiés, pain grillé, résineux. Texture huileuse, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement amère. Notes de grillé, malts torréfiés, résineuses. Finale sèche et amère portée sur le grillé.

3.6
vipinvelp (5916) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2020
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2020 Pours black, small off-white lacing foam. Nice smoky arome, some coffee and chocolate. Taste is slight bitter, coffee. (Arnhem 202008)

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HopsLove6 (252) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2020
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2020 Defineately has that full on porter taste. Heavy on the coffee. Not such a full mouthfeel. A good porter but I'm not a big porter fan so wouldn't buy another.

3.7
TomHendriksen (3940) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2020
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2020 Fles gedeelt door Roelzie1986, het is een pikzwart bier met een beige schuim. Het heeft een gebrande moutige geur en koffie achtige geur. De smaak is gebrande mout, zoethout en chocolade.

3.9
BadAprilia1000 (514) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2020
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2020 Pours a perfectly dark black with a great thick dark cappucino head. Aroma is coffee, dark fruit, English hops, malt, chocolate. Taste is perfectly unsweet chocolate, coffee, a slight anise flavor, dark fruit, malt, and good bitter at the end. This is a really excellent traditional porter without being cranked up to 'the new 11.'


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