MelvinKalksma (943) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, liquorice, chocolate, roasted malt and coffee.
Opaque black beer with a slight dark brown head.
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, liquorice and chocolate; ends slightly bitter and dry with roasted malts and coffee.
This beer is really complex and has a lot of depth. It could have been more intense, but tastes really authentic.
JFF (140) - - APR 28, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
lightbias (452) - USA - MAR 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
tombyars (1589) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
tekstr1der (373) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 27, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
nazbion (295) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JAN 19, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Vignale (3323) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
sjogro (2722) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting at home. Bottle shared by me. Lekker zacht vet chocolaatje met beetje terpentine vluchtigheid qua mondgevoel. Backlog from 2015/10/21.
scottm2588 (176) - SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
rand (1490) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.