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Harviestoun Old Engine Oil

Harviestoun Old Engine Oil

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.
Style Porter
Country British Beers
ABV 6.00%
Serving Temp 4 to 6 °C
Bottle Size 330ml
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. Harviestoun Old Engine Oil won a Silver Medal at the World Beer Awards 2015 in the category United Kingdom - Porter.
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Product Reviews

  • Easy to drink with a bitter aftertaste

    Review by Bitter treacle

    First taste was quite bitter, but it was very smooth. As the name indicates, black as tar with a foamy head. Thought it was a bit too bitter for me, especially as there is a sour aftertaste, however, halfway down it fades a bit so it became less of a problem. Not as sweet as expected, but full of flavour and for 6% dangerously easy to drink. (Posted on 20/08/2017)

  • Loved it. definitely worth a drink

    Review by Oily but sweet

    Nice and black, very dark just how I like it. (Posted on 16/07/2017)

  • Amazing

    Review by Dslowikowski

    Very smooth and sweet, especially for a porter. Heavy chocolate and coffee, good bitterness to balance it out. (Posted on 16/06/2017)

  • Slick

    Review by Good Head

    Black as oil with a big foamy head. Very slick and smooth with a full flavour. (Posted on 21/05/2017)

  • Slick!

    Review by Good Head

    Black as oil with a big foamy head. Very slick and smooth with a full flavour. (Posted on 21/05/2017)

  • A pleasant surprise!

    Review by IanC

    I don't normally go for this type of beer, but I'm glad I gave this one a go! Thick and almost oily, but didn't taste like it. Hints of chocolate and roasted coffee, and a lovely silky smooth bitterness. Just ordered some more! (Posted on 24/04/2017)

  • Great smooth flavour

    Review by Ian

    Great rich, smooth flavour - old engine oil certainly describes the consistency. Will be re-ordering thisone. (Posted on 12/04/2017)

  • Not bitter or twisted

    Review by baz_the_barn

    Having been left a little disappointed by Harviestoun's Bitter and Twisted I approached Old Engine Oil with a bit of trepidation, I was pleasantly surprised by this dark beer, which was quite light in taste with hints of chocolate and coffee. would not be my everyday tipple but made a nice change (Posted on 10/04/2017)

  • great full body porter

    Review by energizedwork

    Lovely on cold nights (Posted on 01/04/2017)

  • Buy more than one

    Review by Slack Babbath

    One of the best dark beers that I've drank. Lovely smokey bitterness to this beer with lots of coffee and chocolate flavors. At the price as well its fantastic value for money. (Posted on 24/03/2017)

  • Yum

    Review by Bumblebee

    Chocolately, roasty flavours with a nice bitter finish. (Posted on 04/03/2017)

  • Quality dark brew

    Review by Mac

    dark , rich brew, allrounder refreshing in summer and warms you up in winter (Posted on 28/02/2017)

  • Delicious

    Review by RJ

    A beautiful rich beer, consistency just as you'd imagine from the name, and tastes lovely! (Posted on 23/02/2017)

  • The perfect winter porter

    Review by Neck-a-porter

    Excellent, smooth porter which chocolatey notes, it is delicious and leaves you wanting more. (Posted on 12/02/2017)

  • One to fight over

    Review by MaHix

    We regularly fight over the last one of these in our house, it's a killer porter! (Posted on 04/02/2017)

  • Delightful

    Review by Klaud

    I'm more of a pale ale fan but was curious to try this. Rich and very slightly bitter. A pleasure to drink, it lubricates well. I could probably drink a full gallon. (Posted on 24/01/2017)

  • Black magic

    Review by Leedj1

    Very close to a 5star rating, lovely warming, rich porter. Winter goodness. (Posted on 09/01/2017)

  • A great stout

    Review by dmukgr

    This is a great stout, with a good instant flavour that pleasantly stays on the palette. It is bitter, but not overpoweringly so and it is thick without being too heavy. (Posted on 30/11/2016)

  • buy it now

    Review by doomlord

    Deep rich porter, nothing I didn't like about this, complex and excellent in a world mediocrity, buy it now you wont be disappointed. (Posted on 12/11/2016)

  • Didn't quite hit the mark

    Review by Vicky

    Overall it was the texture of this beer which didn't quite sit right with me. I love a good porter and whilst the flavours were there it just felt a bit too viscous on the palate (Posted on 29/10/2016)

  • Roasty

    Review by Tworopes

    Strong toasted malts and smooth and at a very reasonable price, what's not to like! (Posted on 20/10/2016)

  • Very Black

    Review by Ninja Terrier

    I am not sure what I was expecting from this dark black brew. What I got was chocolate, coffee and fruit in abundance. This is one I will be having again. (Posted on 25/09/2016)

  • Wow!

    Review by Ali79

    So far the best Porter I've ever had, spot on! (Posted on 04/09/2016)

  • Pleasantly surprising

    Review by Philosoraptor

    Well what's not to like about this beer? I was dubious at first, similar beers to this have gone overboard on the coffee and roasted malt flavours.

    This beer however is a perfect blend! Perfect amount of malty goodness (Posted on 08/08/2016)

  • Lovely Porter

    Review by Elliot

    Lots to like about this impressive offering from Harviestoun. Full-bodied, rich flavour with a hint of chocolate. Pours well and a nice nose too. Great value. (Posted on 03/08/2016)

  • Sipping beverage

    Review by Ben

    A great beer that tastes more like a 8% stout. (Posted on 29/07/2016)

  • Interesting

    Review by CarlA

    Not quite as thick as I expected, but rich nontheless. (Posted on 21/07/2016)

  • Doesn't get much better!

    Review by Hoos

    Whether you are a fan of stouts and porters or not the Old Engine Oil is simply a fantastic drink and perfect for a session. I drank this at room temperature and also chilled to 4C and to be honest both worked well but purists may well prefer this delicious beverage at room temperature. (Posted on 06/07/2016)

  • Great stout.

    Review by redadair24

    Really good value stout, chocolate, burnt sugar and licourice. Love it. (Posted on 06/07/2016)

  • Fantastic

    Review by DrinkingEnthusiast

    Really nice beer, very good flavour (Posted on 03/06/2016)

  • Smooth

    Review by Beerman

    Smooth, chocolate, coffee notes, well balanced. 5 star porter (Posted on 26/05/2016)

  • Grrrrr

    Review by Llamaman

    A proper porter this one. Dark, roasted malt, coffee, a fair whiff of smoke. Not too thick or cloying - you could follow up with another - bravo.
    Think this is good? Try it matured in a whisky barrel. Oh yes. (Posted on 09/02/2016)

  • Better than Guinness

    Review by Tiamak

    The best stout beer I have ever drank. Beautiful. (Posted on 11/01/2016)

  • Simply gorgeous

    Review by SteveP

    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)

  • great

    Review by irv

    lovely beer (Posted on 08/11/2015)

  • Def. not oil!

    Review by LoneR

    Lovely stout. Not so heavy, sweet burnt caramel with only a little smokiness (Posted on 15/08/2015)

  • Delicious stout

    Review by sb1206

    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)

  • One of my new favs!

    Review by Nate

    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)

  • Top notch porter

    Review by Top notch porter

    Loved this to bits, took my time to nurse this bottle during this particular session! (Posted on 03/05/2015)

  • Super Swallable!

    Review by Cannybrew

    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)

  • Blank and bold

    Review by Markiemark

    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)

  • Dark rich chocolate

    Review by BigBadBeer

    Delicious, rich and smooth, full flavoured - chocolate (Posted on 31/03/2015)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Gorgeous

    Review by Rob J

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

  • 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)

  • 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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