A Note on This Beer
Ranked the #9 English Porter in the World on BeerAdvocate, Harviestoun Brewery’s Old Engine Oil Black Ale tastes like it knows it’s controversial - upsetting the Guinness Stout regime and delivering delicious dark beer anarchy into the UK.
Layering chocolate ganache on the tongue, silky and full-flavored, yet surprisingly smooth for such a roast bomb, Old Engine Oil is a lavish usurper to the Ireland’s beer king. And here’s the punchline: it’s made in Scotland.
Harnessing more roasted malts, more spicy, bittersweet hops, and a richer body than the average Porter, this lavish brew delighted BeerAdvocate writer, @rypkr, who said: “Feel is ridiculously large for 6%. What a body for a medium beer. Awesomely creamy to boot.”
Take a whiff of its Coca-Cola black pour and you’re immediately transported to a smoke-filled bar during a wild football match. Bittersweet cocoa nibs, hints of sweet birch beer, and kola nuts swarm the senses. Articulate use of noble hops brings bitter accents, doubling the cacao flavor and keeping the finish dry.
So in conclusion, Old Engine Oil Black Ale is dark, bitter, and chock full of roasty swagger. If you wish your pint of Guinness had a bit more bite, consider this your new pub-crawl partner. Suit up, roast up, and get robustly Scottish with every bottle of Old Engine Oil -- just don’t use it in your car.
#9 English Porter on BeerAdvocate