“Harviestoun’s original master brewer Ken Brooker spent much of his early life crafting wooden prototypes for the Ford motor company. This black, viscous ale reminded Ken of thick, gloopy car engine oil, so he named it in honor of his second love, the internal combustion engine. Its thick chocolatey flavor leaves a roasty, bittersweet aftertaste to savor.” 6% ABV
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. (The first pic is of the first time I tried it at The Body in the Bog pub in Fresno). It is jet black all the way through. The head is a standard khaki color, and is dense and foamy. Really good lacing is left on the glass throughout.
Sweet roasted malts, dark fruit, and hints of coffee/dark chocolate.
Medium-thick bodied but very smooth going down. Ample roasted bittersweet malts dominate the taste, and linger on the palate for quite some time. There is none of the dark fruit taste hinted at in the nose. I also never got much in the way of chocolate, despite that being one of the main flavors the brewer says characterizes this beer.
This beer certainly has some punch to offer your palate. The bittersweetness of it reminds of drinking espresso, not in flavor per se, but in the lingering roasty mouthfeel. A solid, but unspectacular beer. If you enjoy a dark roasty beer, definitely give this one a shot at some point. 7/10.
Harviestoun Brewery – Hillfoots Village, Alva, Scotland