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

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzgorog (247) - FRANCE - MAR 6, 2014
Bière noire avec une mousse marron, haute densité, bière liquoreuse qui accroche au verre. Nez de chocolat, mokka, malt torréfié et alcool. En bouche, chocolat et café assez présents, maltée. L’amertume est assez prononcée et longue en bouche. Le corps est dense, la texture est crémeuse, l’alcool est bien présent, sans rien gacher. Très bionne bière.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (603) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Pours a very dark brown with small head that disappears and hardly any lacing. Aroma is fresh, chocolaty, slightly smoky roasted malts. Taste is dark chocolate and licorice, then into a mild coffee roast and a little burnt malts in the middle. Sweet overall with a secondary bitterness that hangs on. Balanced in that regard, and no sign of 9%. Dry and cocoa bitter in the finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fitwitchik (291) - USA - FEB 11, 2014
2012 bottle poured into a snifter glass a almost black with a slight tan head. Aroma of roasted love. Coffee, cocoa, slight booze there? An incredible toasted brew which I crave from time to time. Baseline for so many great brews i .e. Ola Duba Reserves,,, So earthy so good!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (10452) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle at John Bull. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is dry, molasse, licorice, roasted malt. Flavour is roasted malt, hop, coffee, cocoa, molasse, alcohol. Powerful easy drinkable beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2609) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours motor oil black with a nice tan head that left sheets of lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Flavor was quite sweet and nicely balanced with dark roasted malts, sweet bakers chocolate, fruit, mild coffee and some slight smoke. Full to medium bodied soft carbonation dry roasted finish

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5812) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2014
doesn’t know slashing is imminent .. . deep black .. medium foam, lacing is low .. . cooking chocolate, mild roast, moronic ash, coffee bean, and that white stuff that old chocolate gets on it .. . mild mouth, abv is well masked .. . decent i suppose .. . . cat in the furnace.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielyabu (1163) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - JAN 26, 2014
small light brown frothy head. fair lacing. fully diminishing. flat thick brownish-black body. aroma: moderate malt, dark chocolate, alcohol, whisky, brownie. if: moderate sweet. ff: light bitter salty; long duration. palate: medium body, oily texture, lively carbonation, metallic light alcoholic finish. Dulçor alcoólico, achocolatado, lembrando o de um stock de chocolate. Toques salgados no final, aliados a leve amargor dão grande diferencial a essa deliciosa cerveja, que traz ainda presença amadeirada. O dulçor traz ainda a inusitada presença de alcaçuz..180 s

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1225) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Engineer’s Reserve has a very thick, dark beige head, with a soapy top, lots of lacing left behind, and an absolutely black appearance. The aroma is strong and pungent: rich, sweet, dark-roasted malt, black cherry, chocolate powder, burnt sugar, and even a slight vegetable smell. Taste is of all those with a hefty bitterness to compliment the sweetness. Mouthfeel is heavy and viscous, and Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Engineer’s Reserve finishes dry, rich, somewhat powdery, heavy, smooth, and delicious. Overall, this is a wonderful beer! RJT

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joakgust (871) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle, 33cl - Opaque black brown beer with a small beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of smoked malt, ashes, caramel, vanilla and wood. Flavor is malty with notes of licorice, coffee, chocolate, ashes and wood. Great old ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewTom (244) - - DEC 28, 2013
A beautiful chocolate stout with coffee finish. This is a perfect way to finish an evening of beer caressing. Yum yum yum. Rated by BrewTom


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