Name of beer
Old Engine Oil
What the brewer says
“Legend has it that Old Engine Oil was dedicated to our Head Brewer’s love of classic cars. But it’s the thick, dark, chocolaty viscosity that reveals the real inspiration behind the name.
“We use loads of roasted malt to give it a rich black colour and plenty of oats to give it a wonderful, velvety mouthfeel.
“It’s just the job for anyone who appreciates beautifully engineered stuff that used to be made properly. So undo the top button of your pressed pit overalls, ease into the wingback and roll out a rare taste of a truly great British beer.
“Welcome to the Owners’ Club.”
The name alone gave me an idea of what to expect, or at least that’s what I thought, but actually, despite being called a “black ale”, I suspect “porter” is closer to the mark (actually, that’s how it’s also listed in Untappd).
I’d half expected it to be one of those oddly-named, but often rather lovely, “dark” or “black” IPAs, but it’s not. Far from it, but equally tasty.
The aroma is understated, especially in contrast to the taste. It’s full-bodied, packed with roast malt flavour, but with an unexpected fizz off the front of the tongue and a general feel that makes me think a little of treacle.
To say I like this would be an understatement. The more I work my way through the bottle, the more I start to wonder if it isn’t actually better than Guinness’ bottled porter offerings, such as Original XX and West Indies Porter.
Yes, it’s quite strong, at 6%, but it goes down extremely well, leaving a nice, lingering, aftertaste.
This is a beer for someone who is used to darker ales, or a great leap into the unknown for someone starting out on their beer journey.
It’s also a great flag-flyer for Scottish beer. Purely because of the ubiquity of Guinness, I associate porters with Ireland, and I think many casual drinker would be the same.
However, I’m starting to think this might be equal, or superior to Arthur’s black stuff.
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I’m 42, I don’t have a beard (partly because when I try it is patchy, has gaps, with ginger and grey bits) and don’t take a clipboard to the pub. So, I’m not the stereotypical real ale fan of old, in the style that I was always told to look out for...read more