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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Black Ale

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Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Black Ale
Harviestoun Brewery
Hillfoots Villiage
Alva, Scotland
Est. ????

Brain Damage Quotient = 6.0 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 11.2 

Postmortem Brew Review
Dark black in color.
Chocolate smell and aromas.

Tan to brown colored, well forming head with significant lacing.

Full bodied.
Roasted caramel flavor with bittersweet finish. 

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
Viscous - Chocolatey - Roasty is right on the label of this proper English ale. I enjoyed it immensely. It also has an old English roadster on the label. This leads me to think that, what with the (lack of) reliability of old English cars, this fellow was a mechanic in a previous life. When his auto broke down, he started to make beer. Well, it flows out of the bottle thick and black just like old engine oil. But it tastes soooo much better. It's, "Brewed in small batches", so I'll have to keep an eye out to find more of this stuff.

2/5/11 Reaper Update - Enjoyed myself another of these beauties and it reads exactly as it did from nearly three years ago. Down to the letter of writing in the 'postmortem', this ale delivers. Will seek out again and again. Delicious and consistent.


  1. Sounds very tasty. I tend to buy the majority of my ales online from sites such as Majestic Wine. It saves me a lot of time and I can get a great selection of ales that are difficult to find locally.

  2. Thanks for the tip! I will give that a try when looking for the hard-to-find item, such as this.