Brewery: Harviestoun Brewery ltd.
Bottle Size: 330ml
Taste:Strong roasted malt flavored well balanced by chocolate tones.
Colour:Thick, very dark brown, bordering on black with a small brown head
Aroma:Roasted malt with sweet tones.
After seeing this Black ale, I knew I had to try it.
I liked the old style branding and if I’m honest, I had never heard of Harviestoun brewery, but I enjoy trying beers from new breweries.
I had a first with this beer as there seemed to be no aroma when in the bottle, once this black ale or “black beauty” as I will now call it, was poured into a glass the aroma grew out of nowhere.
With the thick, black colour of this I really didn’t know what to expect, the aroma of roasted malts with a slight coffee scent gave me a little idea, but I could not put my finger on the sweet scent accompanying them.
After a couple of mouthfuls I could taste chocolate, but not as you know it in beers, there was very little bitterness making this a smooth ale. The subtle sweetness will keep you coming back for more.
Old Engine oil is a very good ale, smooth with a full bodied flavour and I look forward to trying more of the Harviestoun range.