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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 272   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The intensely flavoured but incredibly smooth Engineer’s Reserve is our fabulous Old Engine Oil brewed up to 9% ABV. Three hop varieties - grassy Fuggles, spicy East Kent Goldings and fruity Galena - are combined with roast barley providing a slightly burnt, toasted coffee character. Enjoy a bottle after dinner and take time to savour the earthy, hop fruity flavours of this spectacularly dark, rich beer.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MelvinKalksma (943) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2016

Aroma:
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, liquorice, chocolate, roasted malt and coffee.

Appearance:
Opaque black beer with a slight dark brown head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, liquorice and chocolate; ends slightly bitter and dry with roasted malts and coffee.

Overall:
This beer is really complex and has a lot of depth. It could have been more intense, but tastes really authentic.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFF (140) - - APR 28, 2016
Légers arômes de torréfaction, réglisse rouge, vanille. Mousse inexistante. Robe noire opaque. En bouche, très bien balancé, torréfaction mais sans pour autant goûter brûler, un peu de vanille. Bien liquoreux.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lightbias (452) - USA - MAR 10, 2016
Pouring a deep coffee bean brown, the garnet highlights glint with the lights in the room angling just right through the glass. The head is thick and chocolaty, a soft foam a finger deep atop the rich liquid. - As I bring the glass closer, the roasted malts tease my olfactory senses with a robust aroma of dark roast coffee, baking chocolate and leather, the combination growing more complex as the beer warms in the snifter. - The glass tipped; a first sip. The flavor is ash and coffee with the first taste, and I let the cool brew flow over the tip of my tongue into the warm, tender places underneath it. There is a tantalizing burn on the inside of my lips, under my tongue; the alcohol apparent but not overwhelming. The body is heavy, but not nearly as viscous as I was expecting, considering the comment on the bottle. Thick it is, however, and quite creamy once I get my mind past that bit of burn that seems to impart a more lively texture. - Allowing this to warm a bit in the glass, the flavor blossoms with dark chocolate cherries, and my lips become sticky with each quaff. The brew thickens with the warmth of the room and becomes more of what I had anticipated; the leather, ash, coffee and fruity chocolate coalescing to deliver a delicious and palette pleasing beer. - My experience with the original was excellent, but I must admit, this Engineer’s Reserve has delivered in full. I’ll enjoy this superior brew anytime!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombyars (1589) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2016
Bought this from Top of the Hops in Kilmarnock and sampled on the 7th February 2016. Poured into a chalice glass, dull black in colour with a thick buff head. Aroma is slightly malty with light overtones of sweet black treacle. Thick creamy mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malt complex delivers a rich treacle cake base with notes of liquorice, dark chocolate and mocha coffee. There is a slight hop prickle in the short aftertaste but this fades rather fast. Finish is malty and smooth with rich cacao, treacle fudge sweetness fading to liquorice dryness. One of the best permutations of Old Engine Oil in the Harviestoun portfolio.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tekstr1der (373) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Wow, this is good. Dark black pour with nearly zero head. Smells of vanilla, cocoa, and lots of roast. Flavor has lots of sweet chocolate and smooth malt up front with a slight bitter from the ton of roast kicking in at the finish, and lingering a bit. Very smooth, very tasty

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nazbion (295) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JAN 19, 2016
Pours pitch black with frothy brown head. Aroma of nuts, chocolate, light coffee, toasted bread. Taste is bittersweet with light sourness. Full bodied, creamy, soft carbonation, alcohol warms. Great upgrade from the regular version.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vignale (3323) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2016
Flaska från SB. Kolsvart tjock vätska med lågt beige skum. Doft av hårdrostad lätt bränd malt, lite bränd brödskorpa, med lite söt toffel i bakgrunden. Smaken är snällare än doften p g a påtaglig men inte störande sötma. Rökta charkuterier, torv och lätt tjära bråkar med kärv espresso, lakrits och mörk toffel om det skall vara ett dessertöl eller inte. Sötman fäller till sist avgörandet. Gräsig och lite jordig humle i bakgrunden balanserar sötma något. Väl sött men också riktigt maffig.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (2722) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2015
Tasting at home. Bottle shared by me. Lekker zacht vet chocolaatje met beetje terpentine vluchtigheid qua mondgevoel. Backlog from 2015/10/21.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
scottm2588 (176) - SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black with a medium tan head that recedes quickly. Aroma is roasty, earthy, slight coffee. Taste is roasted malts, ash, slight chocolate, earthy. Slight metallic aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rand (1490) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle 11.2 fl.oz from Amstein - St-Légier (CH). Poured oily and black, with a short and fugacious beige head. Aromas of chocolate, alcohol, blueberries, quetsch, moccha. The mouth is fat, liqur-like, powerful of coffee-chocolate, licorice, pickled candied fruits. The bitterness is complementary, notz additional. Perfect balance for this cozy delight.


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