I've wanted to try Harviestoun's Old Engine Oil for quite a while and I'm pleased to say that it did not disappoint.
It's a lovely velvety black coloured ale with a tight tan head that hardly budges. It has a mouthwateringly sweet aroma with notes of malt and treacle and I couldn't wait to dive in for a taste.
Roasted malt and sweet treacle combine to produce a well-balanced ale. Hints of chocolate add a tang of bitterness to the finish. It's medium bodied and softly carbonated to give a velvety smooth mouthfeel.
It's a dark and delicious ale so it's a bit disappointing that it's only in a 330ml bottle. I loved the roasted flavour and the chocolate finish is sublime. I think it's well labelled as a 'Black Ale' as it feels like it's not quite a stout and not quite a porter, but a mighty fine black ale. I loved it and Ale Be Seeing You again!
Brewed by Harviestoun Brewery, Alva, Scotland
My Untappd score: 4.25/5