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Harviestoun Old Engine Oil

Harviestoun Old Engine Oil

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. Bought based on name` Review by Beerhawk Laura

    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)

  2. Lush Review by Bostin Bones

    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)

  3. They named it well ... Review by interzen

    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)

  4. Silver Fern Stout Review by Jack Swans

    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)

  5. Well, oil be damned Review by AdyG

    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)

  6. Gorgeous Review by Rob J

    This is a really lovely dark beer! (Posted on 03/01/2015)

  7. Don't let the name put you off Review by SImon

    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)

  8. Fill up your tank! Review by Medieval Scholar

    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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