I had stopped in to Kress Liquors to check out their assortment of canned beer for an upcoming pool party. Always a sucker for proper merchandising, I wandered over to the import wall and immediately was struck by the Old Engine Oil. I put together a couple of chocolate stouts (incl. Rogue Chocolate and Young’s Double Chocolate) and added a bottle in for tasting. From the Harviestoun site:
“Old Engine Oil is strong and dark but wickedly smooth. Chocolate dominates the palate but is nicely balanced with a hoppy bitterness. Old Engine Oil is a delicious post-prandial beer with a bittersweet aftertaste.
Harviestoun’s founder Ken Brooker spent much of his life crafting wooden design prototypes for Ford. The viscous nature of this beer reminded Ken of car engine oil, so he named in it honour of his second love, the internal combustion engine.“
I found the Old Engine Oil to have the following characteristics.
- Appearance: Thick and black. Good foam and lacing.
- Aroma: Chocolate and sweet, roasted malt.
- Taste: Fantastic chocolate taste with a full-flavored mouth feel and a slightly bitter finish.
- ABV: 6%
This was a great find. I liked it so much that I bought two more bottles for a recent Frothy Friday drinking session with G-LO. Sorry Wookie. When you are out of the country, you are out of luck.