Old Engine OilJuly 1, 2001 Dollar, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Harviestoun Brewery, Ltd.
Dollar, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Imported by: B. United International
Available: CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TN, VA, WA, WI
The Harviestoun Brewery, established in a 200-year old stone byre, uses untreated natural spring water from the nearby Ochill Hills for its beers. Intended to have the character of a barley wine, this nearly black brew has a high original gravity, resulting in a high, barley wine-like viscosity; but at a lower alcohol content than barley wine.
Original gravity: 1060
Old Engine Oil pours like its namesake—black, shimmering and rich. Held to a candle, the beer reveals lovely reddish highlights. The nose is earthy with a welcome balance of citrus and spice. When the beer is drawn through the mouth, espresso and bittersweet chocolate dance on the tongue. On the palate, the beer is surprisingly light and sprightly, more like a porter than a stout, although it is called neither. We enjoyed it with penne pasta with a broth of clams and mussels.
- Charles Finkel
The label says “an after dinner beer,” but say it isn’t so! I’ll take one for this session before dinner! A very nicely balanced dark brown ale with toffee-malt and hop flavors that are sweet and herbal but not dramatic. The body is not “engine oil” but rather quite smooth and drinkable anytime. A really nice British Isle fruitiness that I enjoy. The flavor takes me back to a traditional pub where one would drink traditional ale. No likeness to engine oil. I love this stuff.
- Charlie Papazian
Beer brewed in Scotland by an ex-pat Englishman who escaped from the Ford Motor Co to brew at an old farm. This deep red-brown ale with a barley white head has an aroma bursting with dark fruits, with dried grapes leading the charge, backed by hop resins. There’s a luscious blast of sweet roasted malt and cappuccino coffee in the mouth, followed by a massive finish dominated by dark malts, bitter fruit and hops. A marvellous digestif or a splendid companion for Stilton, the king of cheese.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.