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


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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DwarfeD (1489) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2015
33cl bottle at home. Pitch black with a medium off-white head. Medium to full body with low carbonation. Quite sweet with nice bitter tones. Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malts, hops and spices. A very tasty dark brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (5794) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2015
10/I/15 - 33cl bottle from a trade @ home - BB: n/a (export to US version of the label) (2015-33) Thanks to teorn88 for the trade!

Clear dark brown beer, creamy irregular beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: bit greenish, malty, charcoal, cocoa nibs, coffee, very roasted. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: roasted, bit of caramel, sourish, coffee, something "greenish", hoppy. Aftertaste: green coffee beans, bit metallic, sourish, very roasted, burnt malts, earthy, green hops, some dark chocolate, pretty hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (1829) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - FEB 3, 2015
33cl bottle thanks to ruigo. Dark color with thin brown head. Taste is light sweet, medium bitterness. Aroma is spicy, chocolate, herby, woody.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9166) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JAN 11, 2015
Bouteille: As black as ink, small & stable tanned; solid sweet-bitter roasty and " leathery" nose, some unexpected chocolatey to nutty traces underneath; solid bitter-sweet flavour, full bodied, unfortunately not very soft; lingering bitter-sweet chocolatey and toasty finish, some dried fruits in the background. Delicous…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hohops (476) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2015
Appearance is black, with a beige foamy covering. Aroma- fudge, chocolate, vanilla hints, coffee, roast malt. Taste- big coffee, dark chocolate, roast malt, chewy toffee, vanilla, burnt malt, quite a thick mouthfeel. Very good indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2184) - Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Rich black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, & some hops; Flavor of smoky/roasted malt, dark chocolate, hops, caramel and coffee; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (3555) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
33cl bottle from Grand Cru, Rimini. It pours a dark brown, almost black color with a small tan head. Aroma is cocoa powder, biscuit and licorice root. Taste is medium sweet and lightly roasted with a nice dry finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, really tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eritarka (9) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 13, 2014 does not count
330ml bottle as a nightcap after dinner. very roasty but still smooth. long lasting, pleasant aftertaste. highly enjoyable, one to sip by the fire.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (2550) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a very small head that fades to almost nothing. Aromas are charred wood, nuts, cocoa, and roasted coffee. Tastes like dark roasted coffee, peat smoke, and charred wood. Light chocolate sometimes. Leaves a lingering burnt taste. Medium body. A very nice, smokey old ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruigo (1442) - PORTUGAL - DEC 4, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2014 33cl bottle. Deep dark brown colour with a tan lacing. Dried fruits, coffee, liquorice, dark chocolate, alcohol and wood in the aroma. Soft carbonation and medium to full body. Taste is sweet at start with some notes of coffee and bitter chocolate, a bit fruity and finishing in a long dry bitter complexity. Overall, a very, very good beer.

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