Sunday, March 17, 2013
Old Engine Oil
Old Engine Oil (6.00% ABV) brewed by Harviestoun, a Scottish Black Ale, is aptly named. Apt in appearance, that is. Nary a speck of light permeates this dark, dense ale. It pours with an off-white head that quickly dissipates.
The aroma is as dense as the beer, packed with scents of chocolate, coffee, malt and dark fruit.
The flavor fulfills the expectation given by the smell. This a very flavorful beer; dark chocolate, roasted coffee, dried fruit, a touch of smoke, and perhaps a touch of dark molasses. The finish is dry with lingering cocoa and coffee notes.
The mouthfeel is smooth but lighter than I expected.
This brew is fairly drinkable but I recommend that you take the time to savor it; the flavors intensify as the beer warms.
I can't say that I loved it, but overall it's pretty good.