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Harviestoun Old Engine Oil

Harviestoun Old Engine Oil

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Harviestoun’s original master brewer Ken Brooker spent much of his early life crafting wooden design prototypes for Ford. Naturally then this thick, black, gloopy beer, reminded Ken of car engine oil, so he named it in honour of his second love, the internal combustion engine. Outrageously smooth this strong dark beer with its chocolaty flavour leaves a bittersweet aftertaste to savour. Best served slightly colder than your normal porter.

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Style Porter
Country British Beers
ABV 6.00%
Serving Temp 4 to 6 °C
Bottle Size 330ml
At a glance BeerHawk Favorite
Famed for the great but more common Bitter and Twisted and Schiehallion, we believe Harviestoun's best beers are their darker Porters and Stouts. It's either in the pure Scottish water of the Ochi hills or something in the Scottish Malts, either way we love 'em. Their icon and mascot is a "fractious mouse" which appears on each of the labels and was apparently the inspiration for the first brew.
  1. Better than Guinness Review by Tiamak
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    The best stout beer I have ever drank. Beautiful. (Posted on 11/01/2016)

  2. Simply gorgeous Review by SteveP
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    A simply gorgeous beer, smooth and velvety, with bags of flavour. Coffee, dark chocolate a hint of red fruits and a lovely roasted smokiness in the finish. Really well balanced between the initial sweetness and the bitterness in the finish. The carbonation is also spot on just lifting the beer so it never seems heavy. Hard to find fault - a classic style done incredibly well. I think this one might end up on permanent reorder! (Posted on 14/12/2015)

  3. great Review by irv
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    lovely beer (Posted on 08/11/2015)

  4. Def. not oil! Review by LoneR
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    Lovely stout. Not so heavy, sweet burnt caramel with only a little smokiness (Posted on 15/08/2015)

  5. Delicious stout Review by sb1206
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    Really nice stout, smooth with a deep mouthfeel. Not too complex, but very enjoyable after a day’s work. Slightly sweet and chocolatey, don’t think it tastes much like oil though! (Posted on 27/07/2015)

  6. One of my new favs! Review by Nate
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    I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The name leads you to believe its going to be very smokey in taste, but you will be happy upon tasting that the head is very sweet, almost like brown sugar, with only a hint of smoke on the way down. 5 STARS all day long. (Posted on 21/07/2015)

  7. Top notch porter Review by Top notch porter
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    Loved this to bits, took my time to nurse this bottle during this particular session! (Posted on 03/05/2015)

  8. Super Swallable! Review by Cannybrew
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    Pours black with soft brown sugar head. Smell for me doesn't jump out and shout anything other than a sweet spice but the taste is phenomenal - dark chocolate, coffee, orange and red currant. Feels impressive, thick, lightly carbonated, smooth and super swallable! (Posted on 13/04/2015)

  9. Blank and bold Review by Markiemark
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    This beer is a black as the old oil it is named after. It is luscious and lovely and intense (Posted on 04/04/2015)

  10. Dark rich chocolate Review by BigBadBeer
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    Delicious, rich and smooth, full flavoured - chocolate (Posted on 31/03/2015)

  11. Bought based on name` Review by Beerhawk Laura
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    I wasn't sure what this beer would be like and bought it on name alone, it was veru nice i will be ordering it again. (Posted on 26/03/2015)

  12. Lush Review by Bostin Bones
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    I had this recommended by a friend. I got 4 to try and wow, it's a lovely dark beer. I thoroughly enjoyed every bottle. (Posted on 13/02/2015)

  13. They named it well ... Review by interzen
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    I still haven't decided whether or not this is a stout or a porter, since it seems to sit uneasily between the two, but what I do know is that jokey name aside, Old Engine Oil is an absolute belter.

    As its name suggests, it pours blacker than something particularly black and the flavour is a palate-busting melange of chocolate, coffee and malt. Not too heavy (which makes me think it's more of a porter) but, like I imagine engine oil would, it slips down beautifully. (Posted on 01/02/2015)

  14. Silver Fern Stout Review by Jack Swans
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    I bought this as part of the Great British Beer mixed case. well worth it.
    BLACK! Seriously, this is blacker than the New Zealand Rugby shirt. They should sponsor it.
    The first thing that sprang to mind was 'tar', closely followed by 'coffee' - there's a ton of toasted malt character in there, too. A faint bit of fruity/floral character but really the tar/coffee aromas dominate. World class stout just like the rugby team
    (Posted on 22/01/2015)

  15. Well, oil be damned Review by AdyG
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    I love Harviestoun brews. I love them even more after this beast. Dark without being thick, rich without becoming cloying, well-balanced. A superb porter (Posted on 12/01/2015)

  16. Gorgeous Review by Rob J
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    This is a really lovely dark beer! (Posted on 03/01/2015)

  17. Don't let the name put you off Review by SImon
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    OK so it's a novelty name, but this beer defies expectation. Looking at the list of ingredients I was expecting something much thicker but this was really well balanced - heavy beer balanced with just enough fizz to avoid being cloying and just a slight hint of roast to balance the chocolate malts. Lovely. (Posted on 21/11/2014)

  18. Fill up your tank! Review by Medieval Scholar
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    One of the best dark beers outside of Belgium, this beer is dark, strong, and immensely satisfying! Oil crisis? Relax! Just fill up your tank with this. (Posted on 03/03/2014)


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