Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Black Ale, Alva

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Country: Scotland
Region: Lowlands
Sub-Region: Alva
Grape Varietal: English Porter
Review Score: 100BA
Alcohol By Volume: 6.0%

2 bottles in stock for in-store purchase.
Available in-store only. To get another recommendation: 888.B21.WINE

Sweetened coffee, toffee with a ghost like maple syrup nose. Fruitiness wanders from vague maraschino cherries to sweetness of a lemon. Remarkable smooth, with a creamy and brawny fullish body and a slick velvety mouth feel. Huge flavours of caramel and slightly buttered toffee, coffee and unsweetened bitter chocolate. Hops are quite interesting, bitterness is spot on to balance this huge strong armed malt palate. Mild cherry fruit within the sweetness, the roasted barley and hops have no problem of making it disappear though. Floral hop flavour creeps in lending an earthened leaf like flavour. Residual sweetness is plenty but it is not alone as the roasted flavours ride deep into the finish. A big dark beer to remember, had it on cask and I am pleased that it is easier to obtain now that it is imported in bottles. The likings of an old ale with a more than sturdy malt back bone to hold up against the heartiest of meals, lamb stew with parsnips and fennel paired with a loaf of multi-grain beer bread would do be just fine. 6.0% abv.

100 points, BeerAdvocate (Sep 2001)