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Old Engine Oil
Style: Black Ale
Collections: Beer, Draft, Real Ale & Gravity,

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Old Engine Oil is the second Harviestoun beer to win the competition of the British Nationwide Supermarket chain TESCO.

Ken Brooker formerly with Ford in Dagenham established Harvieston Brewery in 1985 in a 200 year old stone byre near Dollar, Clackmannanshire, Scotland. The brewery uses untreated natural spring water from the local Ochill Hills.

Old Engine Oil is a near-black brew with a silky-smooth rummy aroma, a coffee-ish palate, and a suggestion of the darkest chocolate. It is made from pale malt, roasted barley and malted oats. Old Engine Oil is well-hopped with the sweetish variety Galena from Washington State, Worchester Fuggles and East Kent Golgings.

The PG (present gravity) of Old Engine Oil is unusually high. This is because Ken Brooker wanted to produce a beer that had the character of a barley wine, i.e. high PG, lots of mouthfeel and high viscosity but with only

6 % ABV, rather than the more normal barley wine ABV of about 8.5 %.

He has used a high mash temperature to give the required wort profile. The trick is to balance this sweetness with the hop bitterness and acrid flavors from the Roast Barley.

Tasting Notes

Near black with tiny caramel colored head.

Nice dry chocolate, cocoa characters on the nose.

Nice smooth initial flavor; a creamy, silky texture with a subtle burnt sugar sweetness. It then changes to a darker, deeper, and more bitter character, which hangs around.

Leaves a hint of sweetness, but ultimately, it is dry.

Alc./Vol.: 6.0 %
Original Gravity: 1060
EBC: 110

Version: Type: Size: UPC/EAN:
Keg 1 * 5.3 gal. Keg
Keg 1 * 7.9 gal. Keg
Keg 1 * 10.6 gal. Keg
Keg 1 * 13.2 gal. Keg
Bottles Case 24 * 11.2 oz. 6-Pack Bottle(s) 600159000319
CANS Case 24 * 11.2 oz. 4-pack Can(s) 600519002252
Cask Firkin 1 * 10.8 gal. Cask
Small cask Firkin 1 * 5.3 gal. Keg
Wooden Cask Wooden Cask 30l New 1 * 7.9 gal. Keg
Zymatore, Aged in South African Grenache Barrel Keg 1 * 7.9 gal. Keg
Zymatore, Aged in French Pommeau barrel Keg 1 * 5.3 gal. Keg
Zymatore, Belgian Owl / Zinfandel / Whisky Red Wine Case 6 * 25.4 oz. Bottle(s)
Zymatore, Belgian Owl / Zinfandel / Whisky Red Wine Keg 1 * 5.3 gal. Keg
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Picture: Harviestoun Old engine Oil cans & bottles Scrapyard picture courtesy of Harviestoun Brewery
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