Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Porter
Alva, Central, Scotland


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RATINGS: 1755   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Bottle: Filtered.
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (4130) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2008
I drank this in honor of the fact that I just rooted out my bathroom sink pipes with one of those twisting wires, and the result was a bunch of guck that truly looked like engine oil (this beer didnt). This was a wonderful beer--the kind of a beer that, if Americans tried to brew it, they would no doubt screw up by West Coastifying it or something with a fork-lift full of hops. Here you have a great bolt of chocolate with underlying resonances of grape, blueberry, and Madeira. Moderately sweet, none of the bitterness that is mentioned in the commercial description, except for a slight roast quality (but it doesnt hang around). Somewhat thin; not much carbonation, but its all fine and good by my palate. Great stuff, and a happy journey back to Scotland for one moment on my sofa. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (3166) - New York, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Draught. Wow, this was pretty durned good. A scotttish ale lots of scottiseness and etc.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3708) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2008
1/11/2008: Regardless of the name, Harviestoun Old Engine Oil does have the appearance of used motor oil. It is dark brown in color with a fine, frothy tan head. The creamy, milk chocolate aroma is rich and inviting and goes perfectly with the semi-sweet chocolate flavor. In the middle some tangy/sour fruit or something (maybe a burnt malt flavor?) is noticeable which detracts slightly, but it does seem to disappear somewhat as the beer warms. However, the roastiness and soft bitterness toward the end create a good, coffee-like finish with lots of molasses characteristics. This beer has a medium-full body and is smooth and creamy on the palate. It coats the mouth pretty well which allows the flavor (caramelized malt with a twist of black liquorice) to linger. Pretty good overall (even the wife thought it was good); average value.

11.2 fl oz bottle (6.0% Alc./Vol.) from Dilly Deli in Mariemont, Ohio. Rating #526 for this beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
njduckman (6) - USA - JAN 6, 2008 does not count
Pours like its right out of the crankcase. Wonderful dark almost black color. Lots of coffee and choclate on the taste with just the right hoppy bit on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7844) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark oil (I wonder where the name came from) color. Aroma is chocolates and malts. The flavor is roasty and full of coffee and chocolates. Very smooth and has a nice creamy body to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Pours nearly black with a smallish head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and a hint of hops. Mouth feel is thick and creamy. Flavor is mostly roasted with chocolate and a hint of coffee. A touch of hop bitterness rounds out the flavor nicely. A very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Pours a deep, dark brown, almost black color into the dimpled mug. Scents of roasted malt and coffee. A thick, filling taste with chocolate, malt, espresso and slight hoppy bite in the finish. Wasnt as complex as I would have hoped for with this old ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (23264) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 25, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2015 Bottle at home ... Rate Beer, Beer of the Day, Christmas Day 2007 ... Deep Solid Black with thin tight off white Head ... Lots of coffee and roast malts plus a little sptirit on nose ... Tad cold as i fetched out of storage as it was beer of the Day ... smooth and creamy ... Lots of chocolate little blackcurrent...

Heres to you all at Rate Beer this Christmas moring.

Bottle at home. Deep deep black,rich chocolate, deep roast malt little blackcurrent, little hop resin lot of chocolate. Cask Edinburgh bbeer fest 07 Deep black ... smokey nose ... rich smokey deep sweet roast ... lots fo coffee ... lots of chocolate ... smooth also 3.7 Bottle at home June 2015 bbf Mar 2009 ... deep brown .. thin tan lacing ... soft toffee woody ..light blackcurrant nose ... thin roast ... soft soya ... light cardboard fruit ... long blackcurrant3.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2007
On nitro at Nicholsons. Pours a very dark brown with a nice quarter inch of head. Smell is malty and some cocoa. Taste is where a good amount of coffee shows up. There is a nice balance of coffee and chocolate. This is a easy drinker and goes down very easily. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Nice roasted smoky aroma. The malt is big on the nose, but the sweetness isnt: Indicator of a well-balanced beer? Why, yes it is. The malt is the obvious highlight here, with nice chocolate roastiness and smoke, but it is balanced very nicely with the hops. Tastes like a stout, with a scotch ale kick. Smooth and medium-bodied, at just the right strength. A nice introduction before getting in to the Oaked/Reserve version of this beer.

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